Hardball by Sara Paretsky
(V.I. Warshawski Novel)

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The long-awaited return of V.I. Warshawski

Chicago politics-past, present, and future-take center stage in New York Times bestselling author Sara Peretsky's complex and compelling new V.I. Warshawski novel. When Warshawski is asked to find a man who's been missing for four decades, a search that she figured would be futile becomes lethal. Old skeletons from the city's racially charged history, as well as haunting family secrets-her own and those of the elderly sisters who hired her-rise up with a vengeance.
 

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 July 20, 2009 by Signet. 451 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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And Petra disappears hours after she enters V.I.’s home with a mysterious pair who turn it upside down looking for something—a plot twist Paretsky begins with and then spends 270 pages working back up to.

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Paretsky, a transplant to Chicago, really delves into Chicago of the 1960s, when Dr. Martin Luther King, came to visit, and the "white ethnics," as they were called, started a riot at Marquette Park on the South Side.

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Book Reporter

She has been a Chicagoan since the summer of ’66, and that time in her life has had a profound effect on her work: “The intensity of that summer, the pleasure I had in working with the children, the engagement with the city, despite its flaws, made Chicago a part of me, or me part of it, and it h...

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The Washington Post

That summer, Paretsky recalls, was "the defining time" of her life, and it also holds the key to the present-day mystery that absorbs her well-known detective, V.I.

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Reviewing the Evidence

As in FIRE SALE, VI here makes a return to her early life on Chicago's South Side, but this time, she goes even further back to her early childhood, some forty years ago, when racial tensions gripped Chicago and Dr Martin Luther King was for many a figure of menace, not the name of a holiday.

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genre tropes (threatening phone calls, inexplicable requests, Warshawski's life in peril a few times, grandstanding federal agents) and more recent ones (brushes with Homeland Security, "Millennium Gens" fond of text messaging, tedious paperwork) Paretsky unspools a tale of corruption, police bru...

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Mysterious Reviews

The case gets even more personal when her dead father, a Chicago cop, and his brother, a former Chicago cop and Petra's father, enter the picture.

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Chicago Tribune

races against the clock to rescue Petra, she’s also forced to confront disturbing truths about the city’s racial fault lines, which, as she all too aptly observes, “run through my family, along with the rest of the South Side.” "Hardball" hinges on a classic MacGuffin, to use Alfred Hitchcock’...

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Spinetingler Magazine

In past novels, Sara Paretsky has tackled many hard topics and never shied away from them.

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Socialist Review

In Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being, the heroine castigates her husband, Tomáš, for wearing his life and his many affairs so lightly when her own life is heavy.

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