Blacklist (V.I. Warshawski, #11)
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Blacklist (V.I. Warshawski #11)

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Readers love sleuth V.I. Warshawski. Now she returns in a novel of secrets and betrayals that stretch across four generations-from one of the most compelling writers in American crime fiction.
ebook, 480 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Signet Book (first published 2003)
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Larry Bassett
Sep 15, 2013 Larry Bassett rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Larry by: Diane Colborn
Shelves: mystery
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 current...more
Mary JL
Apr 16, 2010 Mary JL rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any mystery fan
Recommended to Mary JL by: I am a fan of this author
Shelves: mystery-horror
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 governme...more
Johnny
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...more
Janice
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 r...more
Jerry
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 v...more
Ryan Mishap
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...more
James
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 bo...more
Melanie
Solving murders through archival research? What's not to love!
Judy

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
Laura Ruetz
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...more
Sarah
Another interesting Warshawski mystery, where the author blends modern day Chicago with a historical event; in this instance, a secret buried with the Red Scare lingers behind the search for an alleged terrorist shortly after 9/11. I enjoyed the parallels between the two, and the outrage by Mr. Contreas of the curtailing of freedoms that he had fought for in WWII. I'm just paraphrasing, but it boiled down to, if I knew the government was going to search without a warrant, I never would have gott...more
Kathryn Flatt
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
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.
Knitme23
Got this at the book sale, and since I once was an avid fan of Paretsky, I tried it for old time's sake. Paretsky is a good writer--before I knew it I was really reading, not just skimming: good descriptions, a terrific balance between action and setting, etc. However, I found this one pretty predictable and about 100 pages too long for me as a result. The plot surrounding HUAC hearing and 9/11 profiling seemed trite, though it might not have seemed so in 2005, when the book came out. ANyway: VI...more
Nranger7
I know I've read Paretsky before and liked it and that I enjoyed the character of V.I. Warshawski. However, this one was tough to get through. Many others have used the word "tedious" to describe it. That's accurate. I found myself getting confused with the names and the associations with one another. Granted, I prefer too much information over too little, but the story did not move along quickly enough. Too often I had to stop and question who Paretsky was talking about. (Who is Bobby again? Wh...more
Kirsty Darbyshire

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
Sherry
a woman pi detective series much like the sue grafton series- not as light as the sue grafton series but meatier- start with the first book in the series and you will not be disappointed-

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
Julie
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 Afgha...more
L.
I have read all of the Warshawski novels. Now that I know more about the area Paretsky is writing about, they are even more interesting. But I never reach the end of one of these without being "stirred up." And of course, that's the object of the writing, I suspect.

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
Patty
Somehow this V.I. Warshowski novel from one of my favorite mystery writers got past me. It is # 11 in the series which is now somewhere around #16!
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!
Linda
Political dissent, discrimination, and the suspension of civil rights in the immediate wake of 9/11 play a major role in the development of VI Warshawski's latest outing. Hired to stake out an abandoned mansion where suspicious lights are seen night after night, VI stumbles (literally) into the murder of a rising, provocative journalist who happens to be African American. The police are treating the death as a suicide, but that seems unlikely to VI, and in the course of her investigation, she be...more
Yvonne Mendez
This is the first book I read about V.I. Warshawski and I enjoyed it. It was very interesting to see the parallel between the blacklist communist era and today. Even though this book was more of a critique and warning to today's terrorist hunters, it still gave both points of view and how the debate can be conflicting when your world view is not black and white.

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
Ann Hein
Paretsky does it again! Fascinating look at a piece of history plus a mystery that takes place in the suburbs where I grew up and lived most of my adult life. It's political, too, but aren't we all? Interesting how she ties in the politics of the McCarthy era to today's politics. And I certainly agree with her point of view.
Paul Barker
Such a tedious and boring crime novel. The characters are flat, caricatured and unengaging. The detective was dull, and the first person style detracted from the novel. This is the first, and no doubt last, Paretsky I will read. I only read it because it won awards. Cannot think for the life of me why.
Scott
On the advice of Patrick Anderson, the thriller reviewer for the Washington Post who I interviewed here about his own great book ( a non fiction history of thrillers and mysteries), I read Paretsky's book Blacklist which Anderson thought a brave novel. It was but it was also plodding in parts. I'm still warming to Paretsky's style.

I also interviewed Paretsky here
http://sbutki.newsvine.com/_news/2010...
Debi
This is the 2nd to last book in the V.I. Warshawski series by Sara Paretsky. I have enjoyed each of these books that I read, even the short stories (which I normally don't like short stories). This book takes place shortly after 9/11, so terrorist alerts are especially high. V.I. finds herself investigating the death of a journalist whose body she stumbles upon in a pond. Seemingly a suicide, the family hires her to investigate his death to see if he really killed himself or if he was actually m...more
Pbwritr
Not quite as fast-paced as I'm used to for detective novels. Too much intricate detail on the Communist blacklist business of the 1950s, and somehow that's supposed to have triggered a murder of a journalist investigating the details of financial dealings of a man in the 50s who supposedly gave money to a group that had some sort of Communist leanings and his wife, today, killed to protect his reputation? Bit of a long stretch. Long novel just to discuss how people might have been connected in t...more
Robin Pyburn
Sara Paretsky is good fun and I do like her social attitudes - VI is always on the side of the poor and oppressed.
Jeanne Fraga
Read over 150 pages and decided I didn't care who killed the guy in the pond
Kristine (fezabel)
I've been a fan of V.I. for many years now. None of the books disappoint me and this one was right on the money.

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
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Sara Paretsky is a modern American author of detective fiction. Paretsky was raised in Kansas, and graduated from the state university with a degree in political science. She did community service work on the south side of Chicago in 1966 and returned in 1968 to work there. She ultimately completed a Ph.D. in history at the University of Chicago, entitled The Breakdown of Moral Philosophy in New E...more
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