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Total Recall by Sara Paretsky
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Sep 30, 09

Recommended to Sueij by: Nicola
Read in September, 2009

If Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels are the half hour prime-time comedies of women private investigators, then Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski novels are the 10:00pm slot hour-long dramas. These books aren't light, but wow are they mysteries worth sinking your teeth into.

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 as well. It's heavy at times, and V.I.'s world is often gritty and full of dark reality. But the mysteries are complex and well developed, as are the players in the story. The novel occasionally breaks off into details that don't seem particularly relevant to this novel, but are (I think) part of the ongoing development and storyline of the main character.

I'll be off to the library to catch up on the books I've missed later this week.
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