Main Bog Spleen Fiction Poetry Film Food Photos

PSIPOOK | books | fire sale, sara paretsky

author on fire
Title: Fire Sale
Author: Sara Paretsky
Publisher: Signet
ISBN: 0-451-21869-8

Detective VI Warshawski is snooping about a factory in the dead of night on a hunch (well that’s her job) when the whole place goes bang. She is rendered hospitalised with a lump of building in her shoulder, and the owner of the place is very thoroughly killed. You guessed it, this was no accident that the place exploded. No one left the iron on or failed to turn off the oven toaster or even recklessly shook up a can of pop. Nor is it the first time detective Warshawski has been in a scrape. She and author Sara Paretsky have been through oodles of adventures together, and Warshawski’s personality ensures that challenge and explosions are never too far away. She is the kind of private detective who will pick locks, sneak into places she shouldn’t and bend the rules plenty enough to conform to the demands of offbeat detective fiction. Warshawski is a compelling character in the crime thriller genre because she is more unpredictable and, well, naughty, than, say, the heroines of Patricia Cornwell’s work. She is a tough-bitten, hard-working woman who always gets her man — if you see what I mean.

Another thing I like about Paretsky is that the villain often represents a lumpen corporate entity. Warshawski is one of fiction’s defenders of the individual against callous power.

In Fire Sale, Warshawski is helping out the disadvantaged of her native Chicago when their wellbeing is threatened by aforementioned factory explosion which will put people she knows out of work. More than that, she is dragged into a feud of a rich family that owns a certain combustible factory already known to the reader.

Kansai Scene, June 2006

Back to reviews


By the way, have you read Chris Page's novel Weed? It really is rather fantastic.

Words of praise for Weed from a publisher in London.

"... it’s really witty and very strong ... I would compare the writing to Robert Rankin, or a really satirically biting Tom Sharpe, and will say again that I’m really impressed by it"



Main Bog Spleen Fiction Poetry Film Food Photos