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Sara Paretsky's genius made Chicago private eye V.I. Warshawski a household name. Now the "New York Times bestselling author explores an unseen corner of the city she loves. In "Ghost Country she has written a parable for the millennium, a powerful, haunting novel of magic and miracles, of four troubled people who meet beneath Chicago's shadowy streets--and of the woman whose mysterious appearance changes all of their lives forever.
They come from different worlds and meet at a time of crisis for all of them. Luisa, a drunken diva fallen on hard times, discovers on Chicago's streets a drama greater than any she has experienced onstage. Madeleine, a homeless woman, sees the Virgin Mary's blood seeping through a concrete wall beneath a luxury hotel. Mara, a rebellious adolescent cast out by her wealthy grandfather, becomes the catalyst for a war between the haves and have-nots as she searches among society's castoffs for the mother she never knew.
As the three women fight for their right to live and worship beneath the hotel, they find an ally in Hector Tammuz, an idealistic young psychiatrist risking his career to treat the homeless regardless of the cost. Tensions in the city are escalating when a mysterious woman appears during a violent storm. Erotic to some, repellent to others, she never speaks; the street people call her Starr. And as she slowly transforms their lives, miracles begin to happen in a city completely unprepared for the outcome.
In this extraordinary novel, Sara Paretsky gives voice to the dispossessed, to men and women struggling to bury the ghosts of the past, fighting for their lives in a world hungry for miracles, terrified of change. A magical, unforgettable story of myth and madness, hope and revelation, "Ghost Country is Sara Paretsky's most eloquent and ambitious work yet.
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About the Author
Sara Paretsky lives in Chicago with her husband and their golden retriever. She is the author of eight V.I. Warshawski novels, a short story collection, Windy City Blues, and the editor of A Woman's Eye and Women on the Case.From the Hardcover edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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6 August 1999
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.
1 December 1999
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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Amazon.com: 61 reviews
strange and bewildering - where is she going with this story
4 June 1998 - Published on Amazon.com
i started to read this book because i have enjoyed other books by the author (and because my husband didn't like it by the end of the first chapter). it is difficult to 'get into the story'. in a strange way though, i felt compelled to continue reading it and find out what happens in tne end (which was anticlimatic in my opinion). i couldn't help but wonder what characters in the book reflect those of the author, as indeed, those of use who read alot know that the author's personality and some traits are reflected in their characters. in comparing it to john grishams novel 'the street lawyer' both authors are trying to present the plight of the homeless but i believe that grisham made a greater contribution in that a solution of sorts was presented. this is one weird story.
3 December 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
What a dreadful read! Characters had no credibility - doctors didn't act like doctors, lawyers didn't act like lawyers, church people didn't act like church people, police didn't act like police, and crazy people didn't even act like crazy people. The Moe-Joe-Curly antics were tedious and dull. I wouldn't have finished it except that it's my book group read . . . I feel sorry for my friends who are slogging through it right now.
not your average mystery!
31 January 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this expecting something like a V. I. Mystery. I'm surprised but not at all disappointed! This plot is engaging and the character development is rich and Complex. It is significantly longer than her other mysteries. I was so involved with the story, I felt annoyed when people interrupted my reading. There is even a provocative element to the characters that invited me to think more deeply about my own life's priorities.
15 May 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
Not up to her usual. The characters were cardboard thin and I felt that the social issue of homelessness to be more complex. However, Paretsky's heart is always right where it should be.
not my style
27 June 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was not what I expected and I did not enjoy it as well as others by this same author.