Blacklist by Sara Paretsky
A V.I. Warshawski Novel

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Readers love sleuth V.I. Warshawski. Now she returns in a novel of secrets and betrayals that stretch across four generations-from one of the most compelling writers in American crime fiction.


 

About Sara Paretsky

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SARA PARETSKY is the author of fifteen previous books, including twelve V. I. Warshawski novels. Her many awards include the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers' Association. She lives in Chicago.
 
Published August 31, 2004 by Signet. 480 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The first thing Vic finds is a scared teenager—Catherine Bayard, granddaughter of publishing giant Calvin Bayard and his wife Renee, who along with Geraldine and MacKenzie Graham formed the foundation of enlightened but proper society in old-money New Solway—whose journey down the politically pro...

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Is Benji, the young Arab student sheltered in the mansion's attic by 16-year-old Catherine Bayard (whose politically daring publisher grandfather Calvin was once Vic's hero), somehow connected?

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BLACKLIST, Sara Paretsky's eleventh V.I Warshawski novel, is a continuation of the colorful career of Vicky (V.I.) Warshawski, Private Investigator.

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VI cannot see what the disappearance of a 17-year-old boy has to do with the death of an investigative reporter, but the FBI knows that VI is involved in shielding the boy, and therefore, under the Patriot Act searches her home and workplace, and can tap her phones without a court order.

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She forces her way into our minds and our heads and while we know we do not have the black-and-white integrity she has, we cannot but admire her even as we know she would be happier without it.

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When years ago, it was a battle against Communism through governmental and senatorial investigations, now, in the post 9-11 world, it is a fight against terrorism and the prejudices that it has caused against Arabs.

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You can guarantee a varied castlist in a Paretsky novel, and she's one of the few writers who can write convincingly across the class barriers (Elizabeth George, please take note!) In the almost too painful to read HARD TIME, Paretsky turned the searchlight on the prison system.

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Bestsellersworld

Along with the plots, questionable circumstantial deaths, and a not-to-be defeated Detective Warshawski, BLACKLIST will keep you reading through wonderfully captioned-chapters, such as: 'House of the Dead';

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Just as Warshawski bulldogs her way to the truth about a crime, Paretsky pounds a story at you so relentlessly that you can appreciate the bone-wearying toll V.I.'s efforts take on her.

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Project MUSE

This article utilizes Althusser's theories on Ideological State Apparatuses [ISAs] and State Apparatuses [SAs] to examine Paretsky's novel Blacklist and identifies the author's social protest, tied specifically to post-9/11 federal-government incursions on civil liberties.

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