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Guardian Angel [Hardcover]

Sara Paretsky
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Feb 1992
Vic begins by investigating the mysterious death of a disaffected alcoholic vagrant - this leads her to uncover a trail of financial fraud and corruption with a disconcerting personal twist. By the author of "Killing Orders", "Bitter Medicine" and "Burnt Marks".
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Delacorte Pr (Feb 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385299311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385299312
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,890,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sara Paretsky is the author of nineteen books, including sixteen V.I. Warshawski novels. She was named 2011 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and is the winner of many awards, including the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers' Association and the CWA Gold Dagger for BLACKLIST.

Visit Sara's website, www.saraparetsky.com, find her on Facebook, www.facebook.com/SaraParetsky, and follow her on Twitter @Sara1982P.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tightly plotted and well characterised 24 Mar 2012
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Guardian Angel is a tightly plotted, well characterised book with some strong action sequences. Paretsky vividly invokes the different neighbourhoods of Chicago and the people who inhabit them. V.I. Warshawski is a refreshing female voice in what has traditionally been a very masculine genre. Paretsky does a good job of acknowledging her feminimity without making it into a gimic and the cast of supporting characters are strong and interesting, particularly Vic's elderly neighbour Mr Contreras. My only criticism is I wouldn't recommend new readers to start with this one, as the complex relationships between characters can sometimes be a little confusing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Super read 13 Jun 2011
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A super read. Usual complicated and inter-related plot, linking shady business practices and their effect on innocent workers/pension investors. Lots of interesting insights into Chicago's neighbourhoods and characters along the way, and some new insights into VI's motivation and relationship-handling. Strong air of authenticity. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical detective story 27 Mar 2006
By B.E. Sanderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
V.I. Warshawski - best known through Kathleen Turner's representation of her in the '80's - is not your typical detective, and this is not your typical detective story. If you're looking for Mickey Spillane or Erle Stanley Gardner type grit, this isn't the place. Thus, I would classify this more along the lines of a detective story for the fairer gender. Still, Paretsky manages to write a gritty detective novel while weaving her stories in such a way that her reader's get an idea about the inner lives of her characters. Vic has problems outside of the detective business, and Paretsky incorporates just enough of the daily chore of living into the story without letting it overwhelm the reader. By the end, you can feel you're reading about a friend, and you can cheer when she wins because you know her. Another great thing about this novel, Paretsky has managed to keep a positive sense of life throughout, despite the trials that Vic faces. Vic has it hard, but there's no whining deprecation to the character. All in all a wonderful book to curl up with on a Sunday morning while you have your coffee.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best So Far! 7 July 2008
By R. DuPar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is one of the best in the series! In the 7th installment V. I. Warshawski, Chicago's PI, Vic becomes involved with her neighborhood. An old friend of Mr. Contreras is in trouble and then missing. The neighborhood has its own problems with new neighbors complaining and harassing the neighbors who have been around for many years. It includes more details on her ex-husband, a new love interest and a strained old friendship.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A woman's eye on man's business society 7 Dec 2001
By Jacques COULARDEAU - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sara Paretsky is a lot more than a plain detective story writer. She describes a whole society, in this case that of Chicago and its crime, or crimes. Violent crime is not number one on her agenda, though it comes in due time. She is mainly interested in white collar crime, the type you find in business and finances. These criminals are highly qualified and educated and some believe that they can have all they want, just because they have the education, the money or the power it takes to command the world. Violence only comes up when some outsiders, first of all the private investigator of this book, try to get into the circle to find out about those criminal acitivites. After moral or social intimidation violence comes in the same line, and it can go all the way to elimination. But this classy world does not accept to be endangered and they are ready to sacrifice some of their children in order to save the system. You can become an outcast overnight if your actions or initiatives endanger the power of the bosses of this society. It is a clan and those who do not accept these clannish procedures are rejected. But Sara Paretsky goes a lot beyond and gives also a fair picture of some burning issues in our socieries. She does not put them all on the front burner but she does for the position of women : they can do all they want, no profession is beyond their reach, because an equal society has to reject any privilege or segregation. A fascinating page turner.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Readable but rather grim 18 Oct 2009
By John Bonavia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This one, to me, is a bit of a departure from Paretsky's norm and not an altogether happy one. The tone seems rather bleak and sour. The dauntless PI, Vic Warshawski, spends a lot of her time exhausted, or injured, or in a rage that makes her do dumb things. At the end of the book she still has a huge problem in her relationship with her previous all-time best friend, Lotty, and has doubts about the relationship she has entered into with the black detective - will it ever work for cop and PI to be together? And this was published in 1993: Paretsky documents the prejudice Vic encounters, and the casual use of the n-word.

Still, like any Warshawski story, it's a page-turner, and also fun to step back to the time before cell-phones, and when computers had a blinking cursor or a menu - no Windows - and her trusty Olivetti is her standby (do some younger readers know what Paretsky's talking about?) And the disgust at corporate shenanigans and ripoffs can still resonate today. Worth a read.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fight on, VI!! 20 Dec 2001
By Kenda - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Vic is my favorite among the female detective series. She is tough and no nonsense. I do wish that she would tell Lotty to take a big jump sometimes...
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