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Playing Hardball: Sara Paretsky

I read A LOT. Did it follow parretsky tried-and-true Warshawski formula? Vic begins to realize both that some of the family history she has been given is inconsistent, as is the information about Lamont.

Mar 24, James Thane rated it liked it Shelves: Themes, no doubt, important to the authors, consciously or unconsciously. Paretsky’s mystery series is one of the few that takes place in what could be the real world.

The story has the requisite twists and turns, and navigates through the conflicted racial history and notorious corruption of the city police and justice system as Warshawski tries to solve a year old missing persons case. Relationships were complicated, moving, and yet remained believable.

View all 7 comments. We go back a bit and that probably accounts for three rather than two stars. The audience gave her a standing ovation. Sep 26, Harvee rated it liked it. Once or twice however things became so convoluted my brain was spinning trying to sort out who did what to who.

It paretsly also revealed that Vic’s father tried to stop the totrurous interrogation techniques, filed a protest in the department, and ultimately ruined his career trying to bring about justice for Steve, the young man accused of killing Harmony. Afraid to learn that her adored father might have been a bent cop, V. An increase of 2. It leads to a murder for which another man served forty years in prison. Paretsky was raised in Kansas, and graduated from the state university with a degree in political science.


The first hardcover book in the series Indemnity Only sitting on my shelf and published in was pages. Books by Sara Paretsky.

Hardball (V.I. Warshawski, #13) by Sara Paretsky

Vic’s search for a missing gang member leads to revelations about the death of a young civil rights worker during a white riot against a march led by Dr. Contreras is infatuated with. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

I like to think we’d be friends if she were a real person. In the meantime her cousin Petra disappears, possibly abducted while visiting Warshawksi’s office with two unknown men.

Meanwhile, Vic’s cousin Petra comes to town to intern with a rising politician. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Chicagoland is as much a character in this mystery as is Warshawski, a creation of the South Side who is at hwrdball alone and yet immersed in her home turf and connections.

Unlike pwretsky hard-knocks heroine, though, Paretsky has not been shot at, firebombed, or tossed in the slammer for her pains. He had to make compromises that V. Plus, this is still a damned fine read. The name reminded me too much of Stephanie Plum’s on-and-off-again boyfriend Morelli in the Janet Evanovich mystery series.

Related, a couple characters were pretty thin and conveniently doing what needed to be done or said to move things along. Those looking to escape into a traditional mystery novel might not like being confronted by the plight of minimum-wage workers and illegal immigrants Fire Saleof Holocaust survivors and descendants of slaves Total Recall and prison abuse Hard Time.


I like to know how people solve the crime rather then just having everything fall into place. But it was socially and politically aware without being too sra, proceeded relentlessly at a breakneck pace, and kept me engaged with new, fresh characters throughout.

But this whole thing is just plodding along for me.

Review: “Hardball” by Sara Paretsky

At any rate, this book has reintroduced me to this tough Private Investigator, and I’ll read at least the next novel to come out. Martin Luther King’s life. It is also part of the poignancy of her rather empty life that they retain such an emotional effect on her. So it is with people, so it is with Chicago and cities like them.

Please provide an email address. VI usually called Vic by her friends and various unpleasant names by people who are emphatically not her friends has been hired to find a missing person. This aspect was most well developed in Blacklist which linked the modern War on Terror with McCarthyism and repression during the ‘s Red Scare – also highly recommended hqrdball it is also well represented here.