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Every new Sara Paretsky novel is an event, the chance to re-encounter her beloved heroine, V. I. Warshawski - ""a private eye with the sharpest tongue and hardest head in Chicago"" (The New York Times Book Review) - a cause for rejoicing. But Blacklist is something special. This is a story of secrets and betrayals that stretch across four generations - secrets political, sEvery new Sara Paretsky novel is an event, the chance to re-encounter her beloved heroine, V. I. Warshawski - ""a private eye with the sharpest tongue and hardest head in Chicago"" (The New York Times Book Review) - a cause for rejoicing. But Blacklist is something special. This is a story of secrets and betrayals that stretch across four generations - secrets political, social, sexual, financial: all of them with the power to kill. Eager for something physical to do in the spirit-exhausting wake of 9/11, V.I. accepts a request from an old client to check up on an empty family mansion; subsequently surprises an intruder in the dark; and, giving chase, topples into a pond. Grasping for something to hold on to, her fingers close around a lifeless human hand. It is the body of a reporter who had been investigating events of forty-five years earlier, during the McCarthy era, and V. I.s discovery quickly sucks her into the history of two great Chicago families their fortunes intertwined by blood, sex, money, and the scandals that may or may not have resulted in murder all these years later. At the same time, she inadvertently becomes involved in the story of a missing Egyptian boy whose possible terrorist connections make him very much sought after by the government. As the two cases drive her forward - and then shockingly tumble together, pushing her into situations more perilous than she could have imagined - she finds that wealth and privilege, too, bear a terrible price; and the past has no monopoly on patriotic scoundrels. Before everything is over, at least two more people will lie dead... and V.I. might even be one of them."...

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Number of Pages : 458 Pages
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Blacklist Reviews

  • James
    2019-03-26 09:04

    Book Review4 out of 5 stars to Blacklist, the 11th book in the "V.I. Warshawski" thriller and mystery series, written in 2004 by Sara Paretsky. What a fantastic book! It had everything from murder to corporate espionage to communism. Spanning a history of nearly 50 years, the story puts VI in the most scary of situations, and it allows Paretsky to truly tell a tale of remarkable prominence. There are so many connections and seedy things happening, you're not sure how to begin figuring it out. Plus there are two cases she's got going on at once. Will they intersect? Something tells me they will... they always do. But I'm not going to spoil it for you. They might not actually come together. The best part of this book is Paretsky's unyielding way of telling the truth and the reality of what's happening all around us. I'm about 6 books behind on this series, at least a decade or so, and I can't wait to catch up this summer. She's always a treat. About MeFor those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Phrynne
    2019-04-05 08:17

    Book number eleven in this series and still going strong. Vic is still the same, determined to get to the truth even at great cost to herself financially and physically. As usual the story line is good and full of action. Vic breaks into houses, searches a small lake herself when the police will not do it, steals a car, harbours a fugitive and generally breaks the law at random. At least she is understanding when the police get angry with her. And she does solve the crime.Sadly her developing love interest from the previous book is put on hold for the duration of this story. Morrell is posted off to Afghanistan and appears rarely and then only by email. I hope he returns safely for book 12:)

  • Obsidian
    2019-03-28 10:11

    Wow. You would think Sara Paretsky had a crystal ball and could look into the future of America with this book. "Blacklist" taking place in a post 9/11 America where everyone who is a Muslim is automatically a terrorist is starting to wear on VI. Due to her protesting during her college days, she knows what a slippery slope the US is in right now with allowing The Patriot Act to allow the government to spy on its citizens all for the great good of security. When VI is asked by one of her long-standing clients to look into his mother's accusations that someone has broken into their old home, VI comes across a dead journalist/writer. And it looks like his investigations into a pioneer in the African American art scene during the Red Scare in the U.S. has run into an America that is ready to do whatever it can in the name of terrorism. I loved this book and it in turn broke my heart while reading. VI can be self righteous. But you definitely (or I did) get where she is coming from. You can see parallels to what the US did back in the 50/60s to those who they claimed where Communists to them saying anyone with brown skin is automatically an enemy. VI ends up running into a powerful publisher and a character who reminded me a little too much of Glen Beck while I was reading. We get the usual cast of characters in this one. We also have VI feeling lost now that her lover Morello is in Afghanistan investigating the Taliban. She makes a lot of comparisons to her being Penelope and him being Odysseys. I would have to say though that no one puts VI in the corner, so it was a bit much to have her being all fire and brimstone towards anyone who is blocking her ability to figure out who murdered this journalist to them being all weepy over the state of her love life.The ending shocked me (in a good way). I wish that sometimes Paretsky would do what Sue Grafton does with her Kinsey Millhone detective books and write an epilogue. I hate things being left twisting in the wind.

  • Larry Bassett
    2019-03-27 11:04

    One of the reasons I am fond of Sara Paretsky is her ability to locate her stories in the political and social events of the day. In the first chapter of Blacklist, set in 2002, she reflects on the World Trade Center, the Taliban, Afghanistan and anthrax. V.I. Warshawski leans to the left and I like her take on events from that point of view. V.I. is also personally connected with world events by a boyfriend (whom she liberally – way to go V.I. – refers to as a lover) who is a journalist currently in the midst of the most recent American war, this one in Afghanistan. There is rarely a dull moment in the life of Ms. Warshawski. Generally, that is just the way she likes it; she has been known to manufacture excitement herself. V.I. doesn’t waste much time getting into the action. By the end of chapter three she is in a pond with a dead man in a suit on a vacant estate in suburban Chicago in the middle of the night. This doesn’t sound like the normal work of a private investigator! I specialize in financial and industrial crime. It used to be that I spent a lot of time on foot, going to government buildings to look at records, doing physical surveillance and so on. But in the days of the internet, you traipse from website to website. So the famous dull moment apparently has eluded our adventurous protagonist once again just in time for book number eleven of the V.I. Warshawski series.The book delves into the HUAC era of the 1950s when artists were blacklisted for actual or alleged communist connections. The names are changed to protect the guilty. A journalist is killed (we suspect) while he is researching a book about a black dancer from the New Deal era of the 1930s. As happens occasionally with Warshawski, she finds herself in the company of wealthy people whose families are connected to questionable events in the present and past. Our intrepid PI periodically gathers in a substantial payday from her rich connections to support her in her leaner earning periods. She generally finds her life in danger at least once (and sometimes more) each book. She has used up her cat lives and then some. We have to understand and accept that this book is fiction and Ms. W- has to make it to the end of the series which is currently ongoing in its sixteenth iteration.There are different viewpoints about what Ms. W- is doing. She thinks she is “trying to figure out what all these rich important people did fifty years ago that they don’t want anyone to know about today.” The rich people think she “may not be an instigator, but you’re certainly not a bystander: you generate turmoil.” I would give credence to both points of view and they make the book most interesting.I spent the first thirty years of my life in Michigan and thought I was a good driver in snow. But V.I. beats me easily. In the book she drives north from Chicago into Wisconsin in a snow storm with a nonagenarian in the passenger seat telling her life story. In spite of the intensity of the story and the snow, V.I. not only makes it safely to their destination but solves the murder case that has left her physically battered and exhausted. She is still a Wonder Woman though she is now forty-something! I expect the get to the end of the V.I. Warshawski series sooner rather than later. And it seems likely that Sara Paretsky will still be adding books to the series once I get to the “last” one. I look forward to being caught up, waiting for the next book to be published, following Ms. W- into her fifty-somethings. Blacklist adds to the string of four star Paretsky books.

  • Mary JL
    2019-04-23 09:04

    Yes, I know--another Paretsky. I really like her stuff, and this is one of the best.The above blurb gives a good summary of the book. The really interesting part was the parallels Paretsky draws bettween the McCarthy era blacklists and the more troubling aspects of the current Patriot Act.I am going to paraphrase V. I. here--" What if he is a terroirst and he kills an innocent? But, what if he is just a young kid who forgot to renew his visa--a young kid with the wrong sort of name? The government might sned him to a no-name prison--if he is not a terroirst, it will make him one...."I found this a gripping novel, one of Paretsky's best, well drawn characters and many thought provoking ideas. The plot is complex and may be confusing at first. Stick with it--it all is clarified in the end. A must for Sara Paretsky fans; recommend for any mystery fan.

  • Janice
    2019-04-05 15:19

    I was a bit unsure of whether to read this book, because I've been disappointed by the more recent books by Patricia Cornwell and wondered whether V.I. Warshawski would have weathered well. However, I was delighted to find that this is a belter of a novel. Set in a Chicago reeling from 9/11 and a terrorist witchhunt, it neatly links back to a blacklist of the 1930s and the secrets of the rich first families of 'New Solway'. Of course it was linked together by a murder and Victoria breaking the rules all over the place in time honored fashion.I can't recommend this enough, it is well written and full of suspense.

  • Johnny
    2019-04-16 11:24

    Not being a regular reader of Paretsky or her protagonist, V. I. Warshawski, there were times when I was surprised by her illegal actions and very legal connections. However, I was delighted by the descriptions of Chicago--both historical and modern Chicago. The history surrounding Bronzeville particularly resonated with me since we had recently heard the "African-American Symphony" composed by a former resident of that all-black community and had listened to the official Chicago historian talk about bank failures and cultural changes in that area. One portion of the book describes a wedding that took place at Fourth Presbyterian Church and I happened (in Jungian synchronicity)to read that passage just as I was traveling home on the "El" after walking past that vine-covered edifice.Yet, I'm not rating this book so highly on the basis of local color (though I'll be reading other mysteries by Paretsky for precisely that reason, just as I enjoy that aspect of Greeley). I like everything from the title (Blacklist) referring literally to the ostracism of "fellow travelers" during the Cold War and figuratively to the lives of African-Americans from that era. I enjoyed the fact that this was a book of socio-economic "incest," cultural-political betrayal, and family secrets. I liked the fact that I guessed the perpetrator early on, but still flirted with the red herring suspects who floated to the surface like the dead carp in the pool where the first victim was found.The history is vivid, the protagonist is creative, and the plot seems plausible to me. I particularly like the way the detective's circumstances are constantly changing in a spiral of changing clients, accusations, clues, and possibilities. Did the black journalist actually find something that caused him to be murdered or did his research into an intelligent and talented performer from the '50s cause him to despair enough to commit suicide? Does the appearance of a very wealthy teenager at the crime scene indicate complicity in the crime or is it coincidence? Is the character of Arab descent who is present at the scene of the crime evidence that he is a terrorist or further evidence of coincidence? For almost 500 pages, I was mesmerized by this beautifully-etched portrait of Old Chicago versus Modern Chicago, a landscape written in blood and tears.

  • James
    2019-04-13 08:08

    Some long books are enticing enough to be devoured whole others require a dutiful grinding stamina of their readers. This book is a grind which yields very little as you follow the private detective in her attempts to solve the murder of a journalist. It's not that the plot is bad, it has power, money, McCarthey trials and betrayal all packaged in, but the heroine is a bore recounting in numbing detail every facet of her day, her urgent need for a osteopath, the occasional excursion to a soap box rant. It's all a bit like being stuck on a 5 hour flight with a nice but boring liberal who you agree with anyway who won't stop talking. They are awful pleasant but you could have used the time a lot better.

  • Jerry B
    2019-04-15 15:22

    Confusing and very tedious plot makes 415 pages go slow...We've had to wait a little over two years since Paretsky's last V.I. Warshawski private eye adventure ("Total Recall"), so we anxiously dove into this new one. Soon VI stumbles across the drowned body of an "African-American" reporter whose death is attracting virtually no police attention in the wealthy Chicago suburb where his remains were discovered. Hired to look into the matter by the family, VI spends day and night trying to find virtually any clue. Much of the story involves 50-year-old happenings during the 1950's Communist "witch-hunt"; and it soon became difficult to track all the names and places and characters being described, most of whom we couldn't have cared less about. A side story about an Egyptian teenager kept in hiding, ostensibly because nothing but his national heritage had branded him to be a terrorist, did little to contribute to the plot. Rather, it served as a platform onto which the author could preach at us re the Patriot Act and American liberties being usurped post-9/11 in the name of national security.While VI was her normal competent and resourceful self, we found ourselves just slogging through the book with virtually no redeeming entertainment. Even as all the truths unravel at the end, we felt little relief or satisfaction, other than in achieving that final page. We feel it is one of the weaker entries in the otherwise fairly good VI series, and have to wonder if the author (or maybe just us) grows as tired as was our leading lady throughout most of this rather dull read.

  • Carl Alves
    2019-04-20 09:09

    This was the first V.I. Warshawski novel I’ve ever read and most likely the last. I was not remotely impressed by the writing style, the plot, or almost anything else about the novel. Set shortly after 9/11, V.I. Warshawski takes on an assignment investigating lights going on and off in a mansion late at night when she stumbles across a dead body. This leads to an investigation where she uncovers secrets from a group of elite, rich families in the Chicago area who have these incestuous relationships with each other and covet gossip and secrets. Being after 9/11, the Patriot Act and potential Islamic terrorists come into play, even though it really has no place in this novel. It seems like it was just thrown in to meet the author’s political sensibilities.One of my all time pet peeves is when the author of a genre book, in this case a mystery novel, continually inserts their political viewpoints. When I read a mystery, I’m reading for the mystery, and the author incessant political commentary only serves to take away from the story and annoy me. The mystery itself was weak, and the characterization was especially poor. I can’t think of any character here that I like. When the reveal of the secret finally happened, it was predictable and mundane. The killer wasn’t at all believable. In short, this book is not worth reading.Carl Alves – author of Conjesero

  • Ryan Mishap
    2019-04-10 14:17

    Paretsky writes the best, most dense, and intriguing mysteries, for her hard-nosed detective, V.I. Warshawski. History and politics, race relations, art and human interaction, crime and corporate corruption, gender and sexuality—these are the usuals in her books rather than spectacles to drape a poorly conceived plot around. More than ever, in this story, she covers a lot of ground, from the loss of civil liberties post 9/11 and the atmosphere of hysteria/fear/vengeance (white) Americans and the U.S. government have created. The story involves the death of a reporter from an African-american newspaper on the grounds of a vacant mansion in the white part of town. From there it encompasses so much, it is hard to describe: McCarthyism, art, race, homophobia, expanded police powers, love, hate and all that human stuff, as Warshawski searches for the killer, the cops search for a suspected “terrorist” (a 17 year-old dishwasher of Arab descent who overstayed his VISA), and rich families seek to keep their secrets. The ending isn’t pat, but real. Well, recommended, is what I’m trying to say.

  • Morgana Le
    2019-04-23 15:18

    I've never actually burned a book until tonight. Threw it in the fireplace without a second thought. What a shitshow this read was. If I could burn it twice, I would.

  • Laura Ruetz
    2019-03-25 09:10

    I struggled to get through this book. Parts of it were interesting and then parts were just so tedious that I very nearly put the book down a few times but, rarely do I give up on a book and so I kept reading. I have not read others in this series but I know that they are popular however, for te life of me, after reading this book, I am not sure why. It was a mishmash of characters and sub-plots, which almost seemed like they there thrown in there to mask the fact that the actual plot really was not that good, nor were the characters that strong either. At time I liked the characters and at times they made me roll my eyes because their actions just didn't seem to mesh with the overall character that had been developed in the earlier parts of the book. Overall, rather disappointing read.

  • Melanie
    2019-03-24 14:07

    Solving murders through archival research? What's not to love!

  • Vicky
    2019-03-30 12:02

    I didn't love it but storyline was good.

  • Julie
    2019-04-15 07:11

    I am not really sure how to start here. I have read Sara Paretsky's V I Warshawski novels in the past. I haven't read them in any particular order. I just pick them up at garage sales or ebay in wholesale lots etc. I have always enjoyed the ones I read in the past. For some reason they remind me a little of the Sue Grafton novels. But, just a little. This book - Blacklist- was published in 2003, while the event of 9/11 were still really fresh in our minds. V I's boyfriend, a reporter is in Afghanistan covering events there. V I is feeling a little tender as a result of his being in constant danger and out of touch with her. She is hired by her client Darraugh Graham to stake out the estate formerly owned by his mother. Geraldine thinks she sees lights on in the attic of the abandoned mansion on the estate she once owned. While watching the old estate V I finds a dead body. The victim was a reporter, and his family doesn't buy the official cause of death. So, they hire V I to uncover what really happened.My main issue with this book is that I feel the author used her postiion as an author to preach to us through a beloved character. Authors often hear from readers about the opinions expressed in novels. Usually, the author will explain that the character's views don't necessarily mirror their own. However, in this case, the author is so offended by the Patriot Act, that she spends, literally, the entire first half of the novel on a rant. I don't think the V I detective novels are usually as long. But, this one is over 400 pages. If we could have simply established the political climate of the time and then moved on, the mystery would have been much more fast paced and easier to follow, a much shorter novel. When I pick up a novel, I like to read fiction. I want to escape the real life news and tragedy we are exposed to and live with everyday. I don't really mind social commentary showing up in a novel, but not to the point of overkill. I also don't care for a novelist using his or her work as a platform for their personal beliefs, whatever they may be. It doesn't matter if I agreed or disagreed with author, the point is I don't want a running commentary in a mystery novel. If I was interested in those things, I would read non-fiction. I wish I had counted how many times the patriot act was mentioned in the first half of the book. It was just ridiculous. Finally, when I was nearly 60% into it, the author stepped off her soap box, or at least took it down a notch, and the mystery actually started to become interesting. The last 40% wasn't half bad, but it was certainly not the best mystery I've ever read. Things just didn't come together in the end to my satisfaction. Overall a lukewarm experience, mostly diappointed.

  • Judy
    2019-03-27 09:17

    I have been reading my way through Sara Paretsky's novels and have now read everything she wrote prior to Fire Sale, 2005, the one I read first. Her books are a journey through the major issues of the past 20 years, as well as an in depth look at the best features of a true liberal.In Blacklist, the intrepid V I Warshawski is missing her boyfriend, the journalist Morrell, who is on assignment in Afghanistan and mostly out of touch. Meanwhile she finds herself tracking down the murderer of an African American journalist in the unlikely neighborhood of some of Chicago's richest residents. Soon enough she is embroiled in the fallout from the depredations of the HUAC in the 1950s.What I like most about Paretsky are the layers and complexity in her stories. She is able to embrace the big picture and tie together the societal elements that make up an issue, showing us that no single one is isolated but interweaves with many tendrils.So in Blacklist you get rich people in their suburban enclaves, the old and the young, black and white, as well as communism and the Red Scare as it relates to the Patriot Act and the War on Terror. Warshawski must sort through the personal secrets of men and women of advanced age at the same time as she deals with the ill-advised shenanigans of a teenage girl trying to protect an Egyptian boy suspected of terrorism.This novel is a smart and deep look into American life as we now live it since the attack on the Twin Towers. A page-turner that eschews any cheap tricks of sensationalism while it admits there are many ways to approach a bad situation. Since 9/11 our society has fractured into as much polarization as we had during the Vietnam War years. Paretsky's view is that a good liberal, fighting for justice, must be able to see and understand both sides of the issues.

  • Theresa de Valence
    2019-04-02 08:29

    Sara Paretsky’s BLACKLIST ©2003 could have been written today; it doesn’t seem like we’ve learned very much in nearly fifteen years. Our Islamophobia today sounds as rabid as shortly after 9/11/2001. Private Detective V.I. Warshawski is shocked by just how many freedoms Americans gave up with the Patriot Act. Several storylines start in the mid-twentieth century, when McCarthyism and segregation were rampant. Activists and writers and dancers pushed xenophobic publishers, patrons and politicians. There is a very clear distinction between the supremely wealthy and the rest of us poor souls, in the past and the present. Seems like we haven’t learned much in the last sixty or seventy years.And yet, this isn’t a political rant; or to be fair, the political message is what resonates when the story fades. The story gracefully unravels so many secrets until we are left with stark passion, and the heavy motivation to keep those betrayals hidden.You will ponder over BLACKLIST for a while.If you’re one of those people who like a Cast of Characters, you’ll find an easily downloadable one of BLACKLIST by Sara Paretsky on the review page on my website. Or write to me and I’ll email it to you. In case you’ve never heard why I think ALL authors should add a Cast of Characters EVERY TIME, here’s my reasons: http://www.reviewsbytdev.com/content/...http://reviewsbytdev.com/content/BLAC...

  • Gisela Hafezparast
    2019-04-23 12:06

    Really enjoyed this. Read a few Sara Paretsky's by now and really love VI and her neighbour. This is so far the best I read as it has a decent crime story as usual, but this time the background of McCathyism, reaction and the use for political opportunism of the attacks on the World Trade Centre as well as the American Upper Classes is very well done. Great relaxing, entertaining read.

  • Kathryn Flatt
    2019-04-09 09:31

    One of the best V.I. Warshawski novels. There's a message here about the kind of paranoia and prejudice that arose after 9/11, as well as giving V.I. a turn at historical detective, figuring out a motive from events that happened decades ago. A fascinating story.

  • Debra Battle
    2019-04-21 08:31

    Now this is one of my fave I wish she would use some of the people in this book again.I meet Sara and she sign my copy of this book.

  • Rbucci
    2019-04-08 07:20

    Another action packed book by Sara Paretsky. I love the fast pace and intrigue.

  • Cathy
    2019-03-29 13:27

    A book publishing company and a rich girl who tries to shield a Muslim boy. Timely topic but a bit confusing.

  • Leslie
    2019-04-01 15:08

    Great blend of mystery & social commentary about the U.S. in the period after 9/11 (especially some of the scary aspects of the Patriot Act).

  • Sheila
    2019-04-05 15:19

    VI gets caught up in the 50 year old secrets of the rich and famous.

  • Rose
    2019-04-16 07:32

    Nice diversionary book for when I need something a little lighter to read. I loved the character, V.I. Warshawski. Loved the whole Chicago vibe that was just right, not too gritty or tough, yet full of the city's personality.The story is actually quite complicated. At times I had to think hard to keep the character's straight. It's more intellectual than many crime/mystery novels. And V.I. isn't a cardboard caricature of a private detective. She actually sleeps, eats and apparently brushes her teeth (unlike Lee Child's character who doesn't own a second set of clothes).Paretsky's politics and background in insurance do come through, but it wasn't ever heavy-handed or preachy. Most of the liberals ended up being the bad guys. She also put her finger on the mood of the country after 911. The paranoia, the Patriot Act, and the knee-jerk foolishness we went through. She tied the plot to the McCarthy era which was a great comparison to a similar time when America felt threatened and overreacted, tossing out our principles and constitution for a while.I'll be reading more of V.I Warshawski.

  • Sheila
    2019-04-01 14:25

    Paretsky is one of the few mystery writers whose stories are rooted in the real world - which includes history and racial politics. Rarer still, in "Blacklist," she features characters who are communists who played leading roles in the labor movement and US culture. Moreover, they are treated sympathetically and are not the stereotypical villains who populate the world of US fiction. My only criticism is that Paretsky seems a little soft on cops - especially given recent revelations that the Chicago PD had a special building into which they "disappeared" their victims - mostly Black - to beat and torture and extract "confessions." Her character, V.I., is the daughter of a cop, and has white privilege. For contrast, read Walter Mosley and Barbara Neely, great African American mystery writers.

  • Lori Robinett
    2019-03-23 12:05

    I hadn't read a Paretsky book in ages . . . but am sure I'll read another before long. I love the way she mixes current issues into her writing, things that are relevant right now (this book was published in 2003 and the issues are still relevant). V.I. is hired to investigate the death of a black man in an exclusive enclave. She gets caught up in a tangled web of rich people and their problems. They were all entwined, with lovers and friends and controversy and jealousy. The history, which revolves around the McCarthy era and the Federal theater project and the blacklists resulting from those witch hunts, carries the past into the present. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, particularly V.I.'s penchant for telling it like it is, and being willing to push the envelope of legality for the greater good.

  • Bob
    2019-04-12 08:23

    V.I gets caught in the murder of a reporter when she discovers his body when she falls in to neglected fountain pool on an estate in an exclusive area on the edges of Chicago. She was on the estate looking into the appearance of lights in an empty manse that once belonged to the family of one of her main contractors. His mother who lived in a retirement apartment in sight of the manse has been complaining about the lights but no one seems to believe her and do more the a cursory check.Thus begins an entangled tale that exhausts V.I and has her helping a young Egyptian teen who is wanted by Homeland security as a suspected terrorist. (The book is set just after 9/11) Another good read by Paretsky.

  • Christine Dosa
    2019-04-19 08:04

    Never having read a Sara Paretsky mystery, but having heard of her V.I Warshawski detective series, I was anxious to find out what a book of hers was like. I guess this is number 11, so I'm coming in way after V.I. first appeared. I like her--she's tough, smart, persistent, not afraid to take a risk, and there's a lot of back story I wish I knew. This plot was interesting because of the creepy old house that was involved and the cranky old lady complaining about it that led to a body being found. I was turning pages fast up until the plot got twisted around a bunch of writers who were accused of being communists. To me, that part of the plot was laborious and things bogged down. I'll have to read another Paretsky to find out if this is her style. And I'd be willing to.