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Fallout af Sara Paretsky
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Fallout (udgave 2017)

af Sara Paretsky, Susan Ericksen

Serier: V.I. Warshawski (19)

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V.I. Warshawski travels to Kansas to investigate the disappearances of a young film student and a faded Hollywood star, but long-simmering racial tensions stir up more mysteries as the body count rises.
Medlem:StellaPernod
Titel:Fallout
Forfattere:Sara Paretsky
Andre forfattere:Susan Ericksen
Info:New York : HarperAudio, 2017.
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:*****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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I listened to the audio book and enjoyed it a lot.

V.I. Warshawski is hired by two college athletes to find their missing trainer, August Veridan, a young African American man. She learns Veridan left Chicago with an aging actress to go to Kansas to film the actress' origin story. VI tracks then to Lawrence, Kansas but loses the trail. She runs into old mysteries involving a long ago protest at a nearby missile silo. A distinguished scientist, a decorated army colonel and the head of a big Ag company all seem determined to stop her. She finds two dead women & rescues a third woman from certain death but may be the next dead woman.
  taurus27 | Sep 2, 2021 |
I found this book on the local YMCA's book exchange shelves. This series had been recommended to me years ago when I was ready Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone Alphabet Series. I've been reading the series in order (sort of--I guess there are a few short story compilations that fall somewhere between the numbered series. For example--one site listed "Windy City Blues" as book 18 with this coming in as book 19--which has confused me to the point where I've now requested the next two books probably in the wrong order.)

This book is a bit of a departure in that V.I. ends up in Kansas rather than in her usual Chicago. This means that most of her regular "crew" is only heard from in short bursts rather than taking part in her investigative life.

I was sorry to see Jake departing from V.I.'s life--it reminds me a bit of Les Roberts's Milan Jackovich series where Milan couldn't keep a girlfriend for more than a few books (though I think that series is in hiatus or perhaps ended and he did have a girlfriend who's been around for at least 2 books I've read now and still going strong so . . .we'll see if that changes.)

In one way, Jake's departure didn't surprise me. It would change the tone of the series if V.I. got into a long-term romantic relationship. I don't think it's fair that he requires her to change if she wants to stay with him. He certainly has the right to request that she evaluate her life and to bring up the parts of it that concern him or bother him. But I suspect if V.I. changed for him in the manner that he wanted her to, she would eventually resent him making her do that and it might become another Dick Yarborough scene. In another sense, I'm sad to see him go because he was the one who got Gabriella's recordings digitized for V.I. and he seemed to give her comfort and stability. I wonder if he will just get written out of the series by deciding to stay in Europe or will V.I. end up having to live in the same building with him and go through that angst now that they're broken up. ( )
  JenniferRobb | Oct 11, 2020 |
Okay let's start with the good, we get into the racial history of a town in Kansas. You can see how things were set up different for those who were white and black. If the book had managed to focus on that this would have been stronger. Instead, Paretsky throws in the military, hidden secrets about germ warfare, Russians (how topical), and the initial investigation seems to be lost in trying to tie into too many things in this town's past.

"Fallout" takes place entirely with VI in Lawrence, Kansas tracking down a man (August) that Bernie (Boom Boom's goddaughter) knows from her hockey teammate. Bernie asks VI to help find him since there was a break in at a gym he worked at and many people are starting to think he had something to do with it. When VI goes to work and finds out August left town to go with an aging African American actress to her hometown in Kansas to film her life, she follows. From there the book flails into a chaotic mess.

VI is at a crossroads with her relationship with Jake. Yeah things looked great in the last book, but out of nowhere he has gone to Switzerland to play music for a year (I was so confused about this) and gets resentful of VI's job, her life, and her not following him. I hated we just got emails from this character with VI not doing anything to head off what is coming her way relationship wise.

VI's nosy neighbor is missing (thank goodness) and Lotty and Max are barely in this one. Unfortunately we have freaking Bernie showing up in this one again and I swear I loathe this character. I am not the only reviewer that cannot stand her. After this book she better not pop up in one of VI's cases again.

The secondary characters we meet are interesting in this one. I did laugh at people pointing out that wherever VI went dead bodies or women in need were out there. Small towns are pretty hilarious. So kudos for Paretsky for capturing that in this book. I just wish the book had focused more on the town and the history. Throwing in the germ warfare and what happened in this town in the 80s (which is not believable) was a hard pillow to swallow. I just found myself rolling my eyes through most of this book. There was another big plot point (who was a character's father) that I could not with. I maybe slammed my Kindle at that point and turned on Netflix to watch Death in Paradise for an hour.

The writing was typical Paretsky, I just had issues with the logic leaps in this one as I said above. The flow was off mightily in this one though. The whole book felt draggy. Reading about VI trying to work out, or walking her dog (why was the dog even with her???) just became monotonous after a while.

Moving the action from Chicago to Lawrence wasn't a problem for me. Just the way the plot unfolded. I like it when the main character is out of familiar surroundings. Makes the books more interesting when you get into a long running series like this.

I read an excerpt of the next book, "Shell Game" and it looks interesting. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
This is a pretty good mystery novel, but it's so multi-layered that some readers may have a hard time keeping up with all the mysteries going on. And all the people. And all the places......lol.
The novel was just so jam-packed with happenings that it seemed to be more than one book, all together. It was still quite interesting, and held me listening throughout it. Though I am a little exhausted by everything that V. I. Warshawski had to go through....!
I enjoyed the audiobook very much, with Susan Ericksen as the narrator. She was able to keep most of the characters from sounding alike, and her accents (like those of Lotty Hershel and a French character) from sounding too ridiculous.
I'd give this audiobook a solid 3.5 stars, and recommend it to lovers of mystery novels, Warshawski novels, and the like. ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
Warshawski travels to Kansas in search of a missing filmmaker and a former movie star. This book reveals the attitudes of the author to military defenses, racism, and gay relationships. The whole thing was a bit too politically correct. ( )
  LindaLeeJacobs | Feb 15, 2020 |
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