With fierce emotional power, Sara Paretsky has woven a gripping and morally complex novel of crime and punishment, memory and illusion. Destined to become a suspense classic, Total Recall proves once again the daring and compelling genius of Sara Paretsky. More by Sara Paretsky See more. Brush Back. Book No one would accuse V. Even though the Warshawskis and Stella never got along, V. Body Work. Warshawski is back—intelligent, tough, sarcastic and trouble-prone as ever And tonight, V. Warshawski is in the crowd too. The edgy stage show stars The Body Artist, who invites audience members to draw on her naked flesh.
But things get a lot edgier when a woman sketches a picture on the Body Artist—and one of the veterans flies into a drunken rage. Next thing V. Reviews Review Policy. Published on. Flowing text, Original pages. Best For. Web, Tablet, Phone, eReader. Content Protection. Warshawski novels have dazzled readers and earned the acclaim of critics everywhere. Warshawski rules," writes "Newsweek," crowning her "the most engaging woman in detective fiction.
Total Recall follows the Chicago P. For V. Replayed on the evening news is the scene of a slight man who has stood up at the conference to tell an astonishing story of a childhood shattered by the Holocaust -- a story that has devastating consequences for V.
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Lotty was a girl of nine when she emigrated from Austria to England, one of a group of children wrenched from their parents and saved from the Nazi terror just before the war broke out. Now stunningly -- impossibly -- it appears that someone from that long-lost past may have returned.
With the help of a recovered-memory therapist, Paul Radbuka has recently learned his true identity. But is he who he claims to be? Or is he a cunning impostor who has usurped someone else's history As a frightened V. Already working on a difficultcase for a poor family cheated of their life insurance, she tries to balance Lotty's needs with her client's, only to find that both are spiraling into a whirlpool of international crime that stretches from Switzerland and Germany to Chicago's South Side.
As the atrocities of the past reach out to engulf the living, V. With fierce emotional power, Sara Paretsky has woven a gripping and morally complex novel of crime and punishment, memory and illusion. Destined to become a suspense classic, Total Recall proves once again the daring and compelling genius of Sara Paretsky. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Warshawski Chicago, Illinois United States. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Total Recall , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 07, James rated it liked it Shelves: 1-fiction , 3-multi-book-series. In this book, Paretsky tackles a prominent social issue surrounding the impact of the Nazis and the Holocaust, the war in Afghanistan and the best way to help a friend through what may seem to be a simple problem but never is!
I always enjoy her books as it's not just a mystery about made-up characters whom you really enjoy; it's also a commentary on what's Book Review 3 out of 5 stars to Total Recall , the 10th book in the "VI Warshawski" mystery series, written in by Sara Paretsky. I always enjoy her books as it's not just a mystery about made-up characters whom you really enjoy; it's also a commentary on what's wrong and right in the world and in history.
And for that reason alone, this is a great book; however, I'm a little squeamish about the topic, as it is painful to read about. One of the better parts of this book is the exploration of Lotty's and VI's friendship. We've seen it thru 9 books at this point, but in this one, Paretsky breathes life into their past, and in particular, where Lotty comes form. And VI is determined to protect her friend and mentor.
If I based my review alone on that component, it'd be a solid 4, but the plot unravels too much towards the end and I didn't feel satisfied with the outcome and the connections VI shares with everyone involved. As a result, I knocked it down to a 3, but I'll still keep reading this series. There's no one like VI! About Me For those new to me or my reviews I write A LOT.
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I always enjoy this series but this particular book was even better than usual. The author does have a formula for her stories which I am quite okay with, but in this one she breaks away from it and writes some of her chapters from a different POV, that of Vic's long term friend Lotty Herschel. Lotty has a very interesting back story as a Jewish child who was evacuated to England during the Holocaust and we learn lots about her and world events at that time.
The rest of the book ran true to form I always enjoy this series but this particular book was even better than usual. The rest of the book ran true to form with murders aplenty and Vic dashing around everywhere trying to solve everyone's problems. I did like that she seemed in a better place in this book, a bit calmer and more in control. Some of the time anyway. Definitely a very good book which kept me up way past my bed time.
View 1 comment. Her protagonist, V. Warshawski, is now forty years old. Is she getting too old for her usual rough and tumble existence as a private investigator? Will she survive her usual one or two calamities per book to carry on without missing a beat? You will find out. I am pleased to be getting far enough along in the series to be moving into the current period of time.
One of the things I like about Paretsky is her inclusion of social issues that she weaves into her stories. The issue in Total Recall is the Holocaust Asset Recovery movement, an effort to obtain the financial assets of Jews who died in the Holocaust that have been withheld by financial institutions for many years.
Basically, banks and insurance companies have been slow or unwilling to identify and release substantial monetary assets and pay claims to relatives of Jewish Holocaust victims. This was an issue in the news at the time this book was being written. We learn about the issue while it plays a major role in the development of the story. This book also takes you into the controversy about recovered memories where people, often with help, recall events in their past that they have blocked out of their consciousness.
In this book the debate comes up in the context of Holocaust survivors and those who may have suffered abuse when they were young at the hands of a caretaker. And finally in the social issues parade, one of the characters is a writer who travels to Afghanistan to do research on the Taliban, another hot topic of that era. In a preface to the book author Paretsky talks about her time as a Visiting Scholar in Oxford, England in She researched the events related to the Kindertransport in which young Jewish children were taken away from the threat of the Holocaust and raised in England, often never reunited with their parents who were killed in the war.
Some of what appears in the book is based on what she learned in this research. She shares an office with a woman architect in a neighborhood that is becoming she fears gentrified. She still lives at the same co-op building with her elderly downstairs neighbor with whom she shares two dogs.
She may have a boyfriend who lasts more than a single book. Her usual detective work that pays her rent is insurance fraud. This would not make a very exciting P. In my eyes she retains her status as a feminist, the main thing that attracted me to her in the first place. As always, the setting is Chicago and the Chicago Cubs play a regular small role as the representative of the down and outs.
She jogs and probably could leap a small building in a single bound if necessary. Mostly she just breaks into buildings looking for evidence about bad guys with her ever present picklocks. I thought I was in a second rate mystery as I read chapter twenty. A couple of sad similes: Next to me, Morrell slept, his breathe coming out in soft little snorts, like a horse clearing its nose.
These are not examples that show admirable writing or editing skills to be sure. Paretsky will have to do better if she wants to avoid being labeled a second rate writer. Maybe they were just examples of comic relief? Warshawski climbs out of the washing machine and heads out with her picklocks and latex gloves to break into an office looking for incriminating documents.
And then, guess what? Maybe Total Recall will get better, like a salmon swimming upstream. You may use that simile freely, Ms. The combination makes for some tense, exciting and interesting situations and interactions. She regularly gains entrance to secure locations with physical prowess and mental agility and her picklocks.
Show V. She also has her share of good luck! There is always the hall closet to duck into and the guard to buffalo. That is what I think about this book. You have to step back if you want to enjoy it to the max. Otherwise it is just another one of the V. She does have the mandatory near-death experience that slows her down for a few hours.
Things heat up near the end with fights and bodies aplenty. The book also has seriousness aplenty with a review of the life of Lottie, an overworked but big hearted doctor who is her best friend.
This is another one of those half star books: better than a three but not quite a four. It left me looking forward to reading the next book in the series by not wrapping everything up nicely at the end. I was not able to get book 9 still on hold but snatched up book 10 when I saw it was available via Overdrive. So I am missing one whole book and some things are mentioned here and there that of course I assume get brought up in the last book. We get two POVs in this one. VI and her friend and mother figure Lotty. I wish that we had gotten more of Lotty's POV in this one. It seems to come in random places here and there.
And I have to say that I honestly wish th I was not able to get book 9 still on hold but snatched up book 10 when I saw it was available via Overdrive. And I have to say that I honestly wish that VI had knocked some sense into a few people. VI now has an assistant in this one and is charging more money upfront in order to make ends meet. She's happily involved with a war correspondent who is getting ready to head to Afghanistan. She seems more settled in this one.
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And doesn't seem reluctant to share his living space like she did with past lovers. When VI is asked to look into a case where an African American family close to her old lover Conrad claims that the insurance company is incorrect about them cashing a deceased's life insurance policy.
This case doesn't seem that important, until it gets tied up into protesters demanding slave reparations by insurance companies that operated before and during the Civil War. To make matters more complicated, there are protesters demanding recovery of Holocaust assets from insurance companies too. Paretsky someone does a good job juggling these two cases.
You wonder how everything is tied together, and it takes til almost the very for all to be revealed. At this point I can't tell how many times that VI has been knocked out. She has to have permanent brain damage though.
Also I don't see how she is up fresh as a daisy everytime she gets into a brawl. I have bruises from hiking and could barely walk for a day afterwards and I am not 40 like she is at this point. That's another thing, VI's age changes in this one. In book 8 she turned In this 10th book it's said she will be turning I was a bit confused by that.
I do like how Paretsky gets into recovered memories though. It becomes really apparent that a man claiming to be a Holocaust survivor is unhinged. His therapist was a hot mess and I wanted her to get into trouble for revealing information about Lotty's longtime companion Max.
It seemed very odd to me that no one was concerned that this guy changed his story every five minutes and was stalking Max and his family. We do get the Streeters in this one who take over bodyguard duties for Max and his family. I called BS on her whole story and when we get to the end to figure out why Lotty has been acting the way she has I was kind of appalled.
I wonder what this is going to do to her relationship with Max and her former lover that is part of their group now? Jun 11, Jenny Hilborne rated it really liked it. Total Recall is set in Chicago and is quite a complex read. The story covers three separate plots that may or may not be connected. The main mystery is centered around an insurance scam, with protestors demanding the recovery of Holocaust assets.
PI Warshawski soon finds herself in the middle of another issue concerning the identity of troubled holocaust victim looking for his family. For some unknown reason, this has a devastating affect on Warshawski's friend, Lotty Herschel. As Warshawski bou Total Recall is set in Chicago and is quite a complex read. As Warshawski bounces between these two themes like a pinball authors own term , it is difficult at times to remain focused on either plot.
The chapters with Lotty's personal interjections are a little jarring at first, although her story is one of the mystery threads the reader is following, so it is helpful to see things from her perspective. Lotty's chapters are also quite moving. Not all the characters in this book are likable: Paul Radbuka's behavior is irrational and a little hard to stomach, and Lotty's treatment of her friends is questionable. The ending is also a little flat with unresolved issues for some of the characters. Totall Recall is a long book, with a lot of information for the reader to digest, however, the story is engrossing.
The suspense starts with the discovery of the first murder and continues to build. Paretsky creates good tension between her characters, all of whom are flawed, and the secrets between them keep the reader turning the pages. Total Recall is a decent read. View all 4 comments. Mar 05, Johnny rated it liked it Shelves: mystery.
I love Chicago. I particularly love novels and movies set in Chicago even when they are supposed to be Gotham City as opposed to Chicago—grin. If the novel happens to be a reasonably solid mystery or thriller set in Chicago and using real locations, I like it even more. She lives near Lakeshore Drive and has a significant other in Evanston.
Sometimes, she rides the same purple line express to I love Chicago. Sometimes, she rides the same purple line express to the Belmont stop that I take into the Loop. I even learned something about recent Chicagoland history. Total Recall , my latest experience in vicariously investigating Chicago-based mysteries with Warshawski, is not the novel upon which the successful science-fiction movie was based. It does, of course, have to do with memories. It has to do with the continuing debate over recovered memories versus planted memories.
Of course, it helped my enjoyment that I found myself ahead of the very tired investigator from very early on in the novel. I suspect Sara Paretsky, the author of the series, intended this because the foreshadowing was subtle, but carefully strung together like a fine string of pearls. It also helped that there were multiple, but converging mysteries. For some, the solution would probably be considered a little too convenient, but I can see where the initial catalyst could have occurred.
There is also a lot of humor in this story, probably to offset some of the horrors cited in the Holocaust memories. Fortunately, neither the horror nor humor was overdone. The balance was delightful. Sep 30, Susan rated it really liked it Recommended to Susan by: Nicola. If Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels are the half hour prime-time comedies of women private investigators, then Paretsky's V.
Warshawski novels are the pm slot hour-long dramas. These books aren't light, but wow are they mysteries worth sinking your teeth into. The context of this mystery is a man with supposedly-recovered memories of surviving the Holocaust, his life at the hands of his abusive father, and a group of V. It's heavy at times, and V. But the mysteries are complex and well developed, as are the players in the story. The novel occasionally breaks off into details that don't seem particularly relevant to this novel, but are I think part of the ongoing development and storyline of the main character.
I'll be off to the library to catch up on the books I've missed later this week. Jul 13, JBradford rated it really liked it. I have been a fan of the V. Warshawski series for a long time, and this may well be the best one yet, pitting Vic in an extraordinarily complicated plot involving two completely different subplots that turn out in the end to be not at all separated. I started off years ago not at all liking first-person narratives, but I have come to appreciate them more during the course of my life, and I think Paretsky does a great job of it.