Blacklist (V.I. Warshawski #11)
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 current...more
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 governme...more
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 v...more
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 Afr...more
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...more
VI was the first detective I fell thoroughly in love with almost ten years ago and it's her fault that I've been reading up on every female detective out there and generally haunting the mystery world ever since. So I come at these new books thrilled that they are still going and fearful that they won't live up to that first magic feeling that they induced in me when I read the whole back list back to back and was still hungry for some more.
VI went into exile for a while in the latter half of t...more
crime novelist Sara Paretsky (books by this author), born in Ames, Iowa (1947). She grew up in rural Kansas. Her parents were brilliant but troubled. Her father was a microbiology professor at the University of Kansas, her mother a frustrated housewife who had never lived up to her intellectual potential. Her f...more
In this book, we find V.I. enmeshed in old money, old secrets, old pond weeds, HUAC and the Patriot Act. I do think that only Paretsky could manage to bring all this together in any kind of coherent whole. So, in taking on a house-wa...more
Sara Paretsky is so clever and does such thorough research that V.I. has become the best crime solver in current fiction. V.I. Iis persistent and will go to any depths, including very yucky smelly ones, to follow a clue and get justice done. Two smart cookies. What a treat!
Because the rich old ladies all seemed the same, more than once I was confused with the characters especially as to which one did what....more
I also interviewed Paretsky here
It moves quickly and, even though V.I. has gotten older, her wits and one-liners are as sharp as ever. Ms. Paretsky does an excellent job of blending the political situation and general atmosphere after 9/11 into the plot and bringing in the McCarthy era past as well.
The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was the obvious plot devices and 'coincidences' that happen too regularly. Bu...more