Hardball, Paperback Book

Hardball Paperback

Part of the V.I. Warshawski series

4 out of 5 (3 ratings)

Description

When V.I. Warshawski is asked to find a man who's been missing for four decades, a search that she thought would be futile turns lethal.

Old skeletons from the city's racially charged history rise up to force her back with a vengeance - a nun who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. dies without revealing crucial evidence, and on the city's South Side, people spit when she shows up.

The elderly sisters who hired her are also keeping important information to themselves.

Then V.I. finds that her family is keeping secrets of their own.

A young cousin whom she's never met arrives from Kansas City to work on a political campaign, but disappears under mysterious circumstances.

Afraid to learn that her adored father might have been a bent cop, deception and corruption following her at every step, V.I. finds all her certainties under threat, but takes the investigation all the way to its frightening end.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781444707113

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4.5

Sara Paretksy writes the best of PI type books in my opinion and this is up there with her best. I managed to fall behind in this series, so it's been a while since I read one. VI is at her best here, and it was a joy to read - thrilling, poignant, thought-provoking, and exhilarating. A very human heroine, which is what makes her so believable. She doesn't end up in ridiculous positions because the plot needs to progress. And a return for one my favourite auxiliary characters, although I would have been tempted to go for 5 stars had that character featured more.

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4

Fast paced & hard hitting outing for V.I. Warshawski as she uncovers particularly nasty skeletons in the closet from the days of the civil rights demonstrations. Along the way she discovers some unpalatable facts about her own family. As usual V.I is on form.

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4

This is the first Paretsky I've read, having heard many positive reviews of the V.I.Warshawski novels. It wasn't as brilliant as I'd hoped for, and I did almost give up a third of the way in. But I'm glad I stuck it out, as it got better, and turned into a very interesting thriller towards the end. Weaving into the story the history of the race riots of the early 1960s, and Martin Luther King, was what made it for me.I agree with the other reviews here that suggest there was extraneous detail that can be skipped, and that the flashback plot device detracted from the flow. The final few chapters which tidied up all the loose detail after the climax, were (unsurprisingly) somewhat of an anticlimax.

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