Total Recall (V.I. Warshawski #10)
Paretsky is one of my very favourite authors so nothing I say about her books is likely to be particularly objective. Six years ago I picked up a copy of Burn Marks in the library and it changed me from being an occassional mystery reader to a fully fledged addict who only occassionally reads other genres. Strangely enough the first Paretsky I read wasn't a mystery at all but a short story called A Taste of Life which was published as one of the mini 60p books brought out to celebrate Penguin's...more
Once again Paretsky tackles an entirely different issue in one of her most intense novels so far. Lotty Herschel, V I Warshawski's beloved friend and mother substitute, has always been a prickly, complex character in the series. Now in Total Recall, we finally learn why.
As usual, financial crimes are mixed into the story, as well as racial tension and political misbehavior. Though there is a certain amount of violence, the danger to V I this time is more emotional than physical. When a young m...more
Paretsky always sets her plots around at least one and usually more social issues, weaving them together in an intricate way so that the issues all bear on one another and the plot as well. Total Recall is one of her best in this respect.
Max Loewenthal, the director of Beth Israel Hospital where V>I>’s other close friend, Lotty Herschel works as a surgeon, has a greed to participate in a seminar about recovery of Jewish assets...more
On to Total Recall: some people who like a recurring character, particul...more
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.I.'s friends who are Jewish survivors of pre-war Eastern Europe...more
The story is up to Paretsky's usual high standards, as V. I. tries to discover the truth, based on memories of so long ago. But an extra addition to this novel, is that six chapters are told from Lottie Herschel's point of view. Normally, V. I. is always the narrator; the switch in point of view is unusal and well done. Lo...more
I picked up the paperback from the exchange table at the gym. It's one of those good-to-read-on-a-trip numbers, but I didn't wait to go on a trip. Very competent, moves right along. This was back in the days whe...more
And Durham lives up to the image of a Chicago politician (view spoiler)[ but not what is frequently the reality (hide spoiler)].
And Max lives in Evanston (my town).
Paretsky always gets Chicago right. She's been here long enough to do that.
It was good. I finished it after midnight.
Multiple plot lines.
An insurance company selling burial plots to poor Jews in Vienna in the '20s and '30s. And all those years later doing t...more