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Ghost Country Hardcover – Jun 1998

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  • Hardcover: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Pr; First Edition edition (Jun. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385299338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385299336
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 17.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,429,294 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,, find her on Facebook,, and follow her on Twitter @Sara1982P.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Aug. 1999
Format: Paperback
If you thought you would miss V I Warshawski in this departure from Sara Paretsky's crime stories, Don't worry! The Chicago streets are familiar from her previous work and the stories interwoven together into a powerful picture are of an opera Diva, a Doctor, a young,angry,rich girl and the homeless women living rough, all influenced by themysterious Starr an aphasic woman with strange powers. Read and enjoy this gripping story as I did.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By on 1 Dec. 1999
Format: Paperback
If this is a new departure for Paretsky, I find it a disappointing one. The story is as flat and non-gripping as can be. I find it hard to imagine that this is by the same author as all those gripping crime novels! I read it through hoping the story would take off at some stage but it never did. I found the story totally unconvincing and the character were very much made of cardboard. Stereotyping everywhere. None of them ever came to life, and then that idiotic wall and the person with the enormous breasts, totally weird! Sorry, all I can say is: read her other books!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Ghost Country 31 Jan. 2003
By K. Freeman - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a very well-written urban fantasy. (It's not remotely horror, by the way).
It's not a mystery. It's about a Goddess returning into urban American life, and the chaos that ensues.
As a reader familiar with SFF, I found this story original, well-written, well-characterized and engaging. It draws the reader in and offers both intellectual and emotional interest.
Paretsky fans who are able to step beyond the familiar mystery milieu, and who aren't afraid of a little sensuality, have a treat to read here--and I don't hesitate to recommend the book to anyone.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Sara Paretsky takes a new direction. 23 Jan. 2000
By Sharon H. Nelson - Published on
Format: Paperback
I picked up GHOST COUNTRY at the library when I was in a mood for a quick, non-threatening read. That is not what I found. Instead of V.I Warshawski's take charge and sort out the problem and tie up all the loose ends fun read, GHOST COUNTRY was a book that would cause me to think and question. It was a time I didn't want to think about the problems and my role in their cause and cure. But, I know Gail Russel and her work at Sarah's Circle and was intrigued, so when the time was right I went back to find out what Ms. Paretsky had to say. I rembered TUNNEL VISION and her concern with the homeless. But GHOST COUNTRY is about much more than a look at people without housing, it is a look at individuals and how they come to be homeless how the parts of society, which I am part of, interact with the homless.
The book plot is a compilcated mix of personalities, events and social institutions and their effects on each other.
I will recommed it to my book group because Ms. Paratsky has written a book that requires the reader to think and question. The questions are not easy and the answers even harder. But my book group is an interesting mix of intelligent thinking women who stretch each other to move out of our comfortable thinking ruts.
I hope that Ms. Paratsky continues to write about V.I., but that GHOST COUNTRY is followed by books that will stay in my mind and cause me to question what I believe and how I react toward others and the part I play in all I do.
It is not a "pleasant" story. She is not Clyde Edgerton in WALKING ACROSS EGYPT, asking what is the role of the Church, what do young people need to be sucessful adults, what gives adults a state of grace. Instead Ms. Paretsky colors her story with some disturbing images, but she is not without hope and redemption.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A waste of effort, paper, publishing time and fifty cents 1 Jun. 1998
By M. C. Carter - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A comment--YUCK A question--WHY?
Even though I am a V.I. fan of many years and have been waiting for another in the series, this offering would be horrible even without the prior knowledge that Ms. Paretsky is capable of involving and exciting writing. If Ms. Paretsky was tired of V.I., then either end the series or take a longer break from writing. The fifty cents that was wasted was my library reserve fee--I certainly am glad that I didn't spend more than that!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
disappointing 6 Jun. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
after waiting so long to read another book by Ms. Paretsky (not necessarily another V.I.), i was very disappointed. i didn't care about the characters (they were all selfish, mean, etc.) and the story just seemed to ramble. the basis for the story was good but what did we learn? 'Ghost Country' reminds me of Martha Grimes' first foray without Inspector Jury/Melrose Plant ('End of the Pier') ... frightening, depressing book. but the second one in that series was great. maybe further adventures of Mara, Hector, Harriet, etc. will be more palatable.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A truly unusual offering from Ms. Paretsky. Thank You! 13 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
It took me months to finally start reading this book. I wasn't sure I really wanted to read something "different" from Ms. Paretsky's regular books. I found this book very difficult to get into at first, but I kept reading and I am so glad I did. The characters are very well defined and each is very different. I was pleased to find that none of the characters was all bad or all good. The heroes had flaws!! When I finished the book I sat still and quiet for about 20 minutes and just thought. What makes seemingly good and normal people behave in such ways? How would our society handle such a situation? Would we persecute Christ if he walked on our earth now? Would He be with the homeless and the mentally ill? Of course He would and that made this book all the more interesting and thought provoking. If someone picks up this book expecting Ms. Paretsky's normal smart mouth P.I. type of character they will be very disappointed. If however they pick it up with an open mind and want to read a very well written and thought provoking book they will be as pleased as I was. Thank you Sara Paretsky for a great read.
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