V.I. Warshawski Series
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Chicago’s V. I. Warshawski confronts crooked politicians and buried family secrets in the gritty new novel from New York Times–bestselling author Sara Paretsky.
No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help.
For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full twenty-five years for her daughter’s murder.
Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. V.I. doesn’t want to get involved. Stella hated the Warshawskis, in particular V.I.’s adored mother, Gabriella.
But life has been hard on Frank and on V.I.’s other childhood friends, still stuck on the hardscrabble streets around the dead steel mills, and V.I. agrees to ask a few questions. Those questions lead her straight into the vipers’ nest of Illinois politics she’s wanted to avoid. When V.I. takes a beating at a youth meeting in her old hood, her main question becomes whether she will live long enough to find answers.
The Reader Is Right Over Her Shoulder
My main standard for a good book is how close to the action I feel. In this novel, Sara Paretsky made me feel as if I were right next to Vic Warshawski every moment. Ms. Paretsky's writing style is so intimate and seductive that you live and breathe every moment of the story. Many of this author's books are good. This is excellent!
The Boring Chase Scene
It seems every murder mystery now comes with a chase scene. Do editors now require this because chase scenes make popular movies? They don't impress me. I skipped a major portion of the ending because of the worthless addition. Didn't VI get beat up enough?
The whole under the bleachers hunt could have been omitted. I figured out where to look for the diary so could VI without her godchild being kidnapped. Even so, this was a good read.