Blood Shot (novel)

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Blood Shot
Sara Paretsky - Blood Shot.jpg
First edition
Author Sara Paretsky
Original title Toxic Shock  United Kingdom
Series V.I. Warshawski series
Genre Mystery
Publisher Delacorte Press
Publication date
ISBN 0440204208
OCLC 476821113
Preceded by Bitter Medicine
Followed by Burn Marks

Blood Shot (marketed under the title Toxic Shock in the United Kingdom), published in New York in 1988, is the fifth in a series of novels by Sara Paretsky featuring her character V. I. Warshawski, a hard-boiled female private investigator.[1]


V.I. Warshawski isn't crazy about going back to her old South Chicago neighborhood, but she's never been a woman who breaks a promise. Returning to her old neighborhood for a school reunion, she finds herself agreeing to search for a childhood friend's missing father, a man her friend never knew and about whom her friend's dying mother will not speak. What ought to have been a routine missing-persons case rapidly turns up a homicide; and Warshawski must battle corrupt local politicians and businessmen, who do all they can to derail her investigation.


The novel was nominated for the 1989 Anthony Award in the "Best Novel" category.[2]


  1. ^ "Crime/Mystery; The Firebrand Grits Her Teeth - New York Times". October 9, 1988. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Bouchercon World Mystery Convention : Anthony Awards Nominees". October 2, 2003. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 

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