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by Sandra Burr,Sara Paretsky

Blacklist is a story of secrets and betrayals that stretch across four generations ― secrets political, social, sexual, financial: all of them with the power to kill. Eager for something physical to do in the spirit-exhausting wake of 9/11, V.I. accepts a request from an old client to check up on an empty family mansion; subsequently surprises an intruder in the dark; and, giving chase, topples into a pond. Grasping for something to hold on to, her fingers close around a lifeless human hand. It is the body of a reporter who had been investigating events of forty-five years earlier, during the McCarthy era, and V. I.’s discovery quickly sucks her into the history of two great Chicago families ― their fortunes intertwined by blood, sex, money, and the scandals that may or may not have resulted in murder all these years later. At the same time, she inadvertently becomes involved in the story of a missing Egyptian boy whose possible terrorist connections make him very much sought after by the government. As the two cases drive her forward―and then shockingly tumble together, pushing her into situations more perilous than she could have imagined―she finds that wealth and privilege, too, bear a terrible price; and the past has no monopoly on patriotic scoundrels. Before everything is over, at least two more people will lie dead...and V.I. might even be one of them.
Download Blacklist (V. I. Warshawski Series) epub
ISBN: 1441800328
ISBN13: 978-1441800329
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery
Author: Sandra Burr,Sara Paretsky
Language: English
Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Abridged edition (May 29, 2009)
ePUB size: 1824 kb
FB2 size: 1493 kb
Rating: 4.5
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I have been reading a lot of Scandinavian Mysteries since reading Stieg Larsson's Trilogy (Girl with the Dargon Tattoo and ...Played with Fire, and...Hornets Nest ) and Paretsky is mentioned in one of those (the protagonist, Bloomkvist, is a fan of these). Historically she is seen as part of this genra, I think. and like Tattoo and unlike the most of the Scandinavians which are usually "Police Procedurals") the police are not dead center of the VI Warcheski stories--she is a Private Investigator.

Parotsky has the gritty feel and the plot surprises and the culprit is unexpected and she, Warshwski, is in peril and strung-out and has her own struggles in her private life, and she is not quite up to the task (she is not Jack Reacher). I find I am engaged in her characters lives, without delusions of Bourne/Reacher type of competence

Its a good read. Of late I have been reading a lot of this and will return to Warshawski mixed with Beck (Sjowall & Wahloo,) Huss (Turston) Winter) (Edwardson), and Hole (Nesbo) and others as I find them and they are translated.
She never fails to give you a good read - I read some of her earlier works and then she fell off my radar when she was on a hiatus of sorts until I came across some of her books on a clearance table at a local bookstore - I bought one to catch up with her and was not disappointed, I then caught up the rest of the series with her Kindle editions. The only CON to her books is the higher than normal Kindle price - I wanted to finish the series and was glad I did BUT I feel she needs to get in line with her Kindle edition prices

Some have complained about her liberal views coming through the book - they are part of the character - I for one am glad to read something other than cookie cutter detective stories
This noirish PI novel is set in Chicago shortly following the September 11 attacks. It has far more depth than the typical detective novel with a backstory to the plot that starts in the 1950's Red Scare and winds up with America's hysteria over Muslim terrorists in our midst just a decade ago. Add to this the complex plotting, the well-drawn characters including the protagonist V. I. Warshawski, and Paretsky's acute observations about social class divisions and Chicago neighborhoods. This book is a feast!
I have always enjoyed reading Sara Paretsky and this book did not disappoint. But while reading I always wonder why V. I. has chosen to be a PI, she obviously has never heard that old cliche, you can catch more flies with honey. She muscles her way through cases where she ends up the loser on many fronts when just a tiny bit of finesse would have gotten her through on top. I guess that's what makes the books interesting you always want to see what china shop V. I. barrels through next.
Excellent book, and very timely for our current political climate.
This is one of my favorite Sarah Paretsky novels. I love the research she puts into her books. In most of her novels, the reader will not only be entertained, he or she will be educated.
We enjoy reading Sara Paretsky's books and since our daughter lives in Chicago, we love hearing about this beautiful big city. We also love books with the same investigator solving problems, Warshawski is doing a great job! We hope she stays healthy and keeps us entertained when we read about the hard work she is doing.
This being my first V.I. Warshawski book, I was expecting to learn what makes this character compelling. Alas, I did not. Private-eye Warshawski seems to need no sleep, conducts her affairs in a hectic manner that crosses into unbelievability, short-changes her clients due to her disorganization, can circumvent most any barrier, human or otherwise, thrown her way, and has a personality that is at times weirdly over-aggressive. She seems tone deaf: in dealing with a distraught teenager, she makes comments like, "You little mutt" or "Put a sock in it". The reader never learns if she is dumpy, frumpy, attractive, fit, or what. The scaling of a brick wall of a house is worthy of a mountain climber, not your nondescript female private-eye, not to mention navigating an underground storm sewer in total darkness.

The tale starts simply enough: the investigation of lights seen late at night in an abandoned mansion. But the story is immediately ratcheted up by V.I. falling into a pond and bumping into a dead man and her tackling a young female lurking on the grounds. At this point her pace becomes exhausting as she finds herself involved with the quirks and secrets of rich, interconnected Chicago families, which revolves around intrigue about Communist activities, investigations by the HUAC, and providing information and blacklisting some forty years prior. Added to the witchhunt of years ago, is the harboring of an Arabic teenager who has been labeled as a terrorist. However, after all of the sorting out of these intricacies, the story reaches a rather unsatisfactory ending.

The author's concern with blacklisting and infringement on civil liberties is a key element of the book, but is not as distracting as some claim. The main difficulty is that the central character and the story line are not well-drawn.