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by Sara Paretsky

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Private Investigator

2009 P.I./Procedural Novel Nominee

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Award-winning author Paretsky employs a timely set of issues, including Chicago politics, the city's historical race relations and police corruption. She explores them in depth in this rich and layered installment of her hard-boiled V.I. Warshawski series. Here the P.I. is confronted with problems on both the professional and personal fronts. With its vivid setting, intelligent heroine and sharp, clear look at contemporary life, this is another winner. Paretsky is as much a social critic as a mystery novelist.

When V.I. is hired to find a man who's been missing for four decades, she doesn't expect to succeed. But she ends up investigating part of Chicago's racial past as well as her own family secrets. Along the way, a nun who marched with Dr. King dies without revealing the secrets she knows, V.I.'s cousin arrives from Kansas to work in city politics and V.I. must decide
if her well-loved policeman father was a crooked cop. (PUTNAM, Oct., 464 pp., $26.95)

Reviewed By: Page Traynor

Publisher: PUTNAM

Published: October 2009

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