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Bitter Medicine Mass Market Paperback – 4 Feb 2008

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dell Publishing Company; Reprint edition (4 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044023476X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440234760
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.5 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,248,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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" No one, male or female, writes better P.I. books than Paretsky."
--The Denver Post
" Paretsky's books are beautifully paced and plotted, and the dialogue is fresh and smart.... V.I. Warshawski is the most engaging woman in detective fiction."
--Newsweek
" The plot [is] fast moving, the dialogue snappy, the premise for murder persuasive. This novel hasn't a single snag in its springs."
--Chicago Sun-Times
" Paretsky is still the best...she doesn't pull punches."
--The Washington Post Book World

"No one, male or female, writes better P.I. books than Paretsky."
--The Denver Post
"Paretsky's books are beautifully paced and plotted, and the dialogue is fresh and smart.... V.I. Warshawski is the most engaging woman in detective fiction."
--Newsweek
"The plot [is] fast moving, the dialogue snappy, the premise for murder persuasive. This novel hasn't a single snag in its springs."
--Chicago Sun-Times
"Paretsky is still the best...she doesn't pull punches."
--The Washington Post Book World

-No one, male or female, writes better P.I. books than Paretsky.-
--The Denver Post
-Paretsky's books are beautifully paced and plotted, and the dialogue is fresh and smart.... V.I. Warshawski is the most engaging woman in detective fiction.-
--Newsweek
-The plot [is] fast moving, the dialogue snappy, the premise for murder persuasive. This novel hasn't a single snag in its springs.-
--Chicago Sun-Times
-Paretsky is still the best...she doesn't pull punches.-
--The Washington Post Book World --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

The feisty, tough and shrewd heroine appears in her fourth adventure in the V.I. Warshawski series, from one of America's greatest female crime writers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
This book, the fourth in the series, was published in 1987 and it is interesting to consider the way in which advances in technology and medicine have affected crime book plots over the last two or three decades.

The focus of the book is on possible medical negligence and abortion, and the latter topic may deter some readers – moreso on the other side of the Atlantic, especially as the author does not hide her pro-life opinions [the local anti-abortionist leader Dieter Monkfish heads Ick-Piff, the Illinois Committee to Protect the Fetus, who ‘included a number of college-age young men, all fervently committed to carrying their own pregnancies to term, and a variety of middle-aged women, whose faces seemed to say: “My life was made miserable by maternity, and so should everyone else’s be”.’] If this bias seems excessive, it was certainly brave in the mid-1980s.

Academically-gifted teenager Consuelo Alvarado is swept off her feet by a minor criminal and becomes pregnant. She is determined to keep the baby but is rushed to the private Friendship hospital where she loses her baby and her life, rather to her boyfriend’s relief. PI V. I. Warshawski, who is close to the Alvarado family, looks into the death and is concerned that her treatment might have been delayed until details of the medical insurance were cleared up with fatal results. Once again the harshness of US private medicine is revealed.

Much action, including a car chase, an orphaned dog, a romance and some excellent twists is contained within just over 200 pages and this concentration removes a degree of flabbiness that characterise some of the author’s later books.
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Format: Paperback
These detective stories set in Chicago are engrossing. Ok, so I don't now anything about Chicago and the main character doesn't even have a mobile phone - these books predate the cell and other techno stuff - but the plots are good, the characters engaging and the language vibrant. I'm working my way through them all.
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I am working my way through Paretsky's back catalogue having heard a novel adapted for radio. Never disappoints. Strong characters and faultless plot.
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Always able to deliver a tight well researched storyline with believable characters and good pace building up tension to sustain till the end.
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as always an excellent crime/murder PI story
this author just never lets you down
great read and and story to keep you guessing
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