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Blacklist: a V.I. Warshawski Novel.

Blacklist: A V.I. Warshawski Novel

Sara Paretsky


New American Library a division of Penguin Putman Inc.

375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

ISBN: 0451209699 $7.99 458 pages

Paretsky is an author who just keeps on writing good gritty detective novels. Detective thrillers fall into three large groupings, the cozy safe suspense, the close to realistic, and the push the limits world shattering fantasy. Paretsky is just close enough to reality that you feel you need to check your shoes for evidence but pushes into the edges of fantasy enough so you feel safe reading the story.

Private detective V.I. Warshawski is hired by a rich corporate client to do a comfort investigation for his elderly mother who is seeing lights in the old family mansion from the window of her retirement home. While investigating the family mansion, V.I. struggles with a young girl trying to break-in and finds a dead reporter floating in the fish pond. V.I. soon enters the corrupt lascivious world of the super rich. She becomes entangled in a web of lies and deceit stretching from the communist blacklists in the fifties to the nearsighted actions of the Patriot Act. The death count escalates as the haters of others try to manipulate the actions of the police to their private agendas.

'Blacklist' is a gritty detective suspense novel. Any reader looking for the shamus they remember from the late night movies or from the pulp magazines will be happy to find this novel. The reality of 'Blacklist' is held far enough away so the reader can stay comfortable in the living room chair with only a slight uneasiness when the doorbell rings. 'Blacklist' is an easy recommendation for the mystery reader.
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Author:Gorden, S.A.
Publication:Reviewer's Bookwatch
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Feb 1, 2005
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