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Blacklist (V.I. Warshawski Novels) [Mass Market Paperback]

Sara Paretsky
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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31 Aug 2004 V.I. Warshawski Novels
When Chicago Private Investigator V.I. Warshawski checks out reports of an intruder at derelict Larchmont Hall, she doesn't expect to stumble over a dead man. But the murdered journalist is about to lead V.I. deep into the heart of a dark mystery, involving a terrified young Muslim boy, two of Chicago's most powerful families, and a generation of shameful secrets - political and sexual. It seems that somebody is desperate for the past to stay buried. But who? And why? And if attempting to bring the truth to light has already cost at least one man his life . . . who's next?
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book; Reprint edition (31 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451209699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451209696
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,505,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sara Paretsky is the author of nineteen books, including sixteen V.I. Warshawski novels. She was named 2011 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and is the winner of many awards, including the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers' Association and the CWA Gold Dagger for BLACKLIST.

Visit Sara's website, www.saraparetsky.com, find her on Facebook, www.facebook.com/SaraParetsky, and follow her on Twitter @Sara1982P.

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About the Author

Sara Paretsky is the author of several V. I. Warshawski novels, including most recently hard Time and Total Recall. She lives in Chicago. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Scary Story 10 Jun 2006
Format:Paperback
A wellcrafted detective story. In her 11th novel Sara Paretsky lets her detective V.I. Warshawski from Chicago face some really difficult problems. Warshawski is tough, but now she is up against old McCarthy and the Patriot Act itself... She may sometimes feel powerless, but at least she is not a woman to betray her friends.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars insight to american politics 27 July 2005
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was as usual for Miss Paretsky well written with a tantalising action packed mystery and insightful social and political comment on the American way of life. I found the historical background interesting but still relevant to the story. Whilst it should be remembered that the political comment is her own opinion, or that of the character, and probaly offensive to american beaurocrats, it certainly rings worryingly true.The content of these political points are part of the plot and an entertaining addition.
The sub plot includes all the usual friends and neighbours that as a reader I have come to know and love.I remain a fan.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Tiny print makes it unreadable 5 April 2006
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A warning to the unwary. The paperback edition of this book is printed in the smallest point size I have ever encountered: 6.5, certainly no more than 7!
I'm a Paretsky fan, but I simply couldn't read it. Penguin should be ashamed of themselves. It's a insult to the reader and the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 31 Jan 2014
By growler
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Another great read from Sara Paretsky, well up to her usual standard. An intriguing story that keeps you glued to it right up to the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Cynical Look at Politics and the Wealthy 5 Jun 2004
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Fine novels have always transcended their story lines to say something more universal about the way people are. Often, mystery novelists get caught up in their plots and fail to make an important statement. In Blacklist, Ms. Sara Paretsky provides an intriguing look at American politics, racism and sexism over the last century. It's an impressive job of impugning the motives and methods of the influential, powerful and wealthy in our society. Those who are ardent conservatives will hate this book. It isn't as tough on the liberals as it is on the conservatives during most of the book, and argues strongly against government challenges to our Constitutional rights, such as the Patriot Act and the Congressional search for Communists in the 1950s.
The mystery is a fine one, and makes good use of the over 400 pages to develop the story slowly . . . allowing it to age in your mind like fine wine does. I especially liked the way that V.I. encountered many emotional and physical problems during the story that delayed and complicated her investigations, much like happens in real life.
The book has two main weaknesses. First, it is too often preachy rather than illustrative or instructive. Second, Ms. Paretsky is too cynical for my taste about how much the powerful can get away with. She leaves us with the sense that we are powerless to protect those we love and ourselves from what the powerful want for their own personal agendas. Otherwise, I would have happily assigned this book five stars.
I would like to commend Ms. Paretsky for working some of the worst characteristics of the Patriot Act into her story, illustrating problems that too few people are aware of.
The story itself has two entertwined plot lines that coincidentally connect up on an empty estate. Late one night, V.I.
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