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Blacklist by Sara Paretsky
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Apr 16, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery-horror
Recommended to Mary JL by: I am a fan of this author
Recommended for: Any mystery fan
Read in August, 2010 , read count: 1

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.
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message 1: by jo (new) - rated it 4 stars

jo the passage you quote is the nub of the book. i loved it too.

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