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.