13th in the V.I. Warshawski series, PI, Chicago IL
Mystery Lovers Review:
Chicago PI V.I. Warshawski is back in Sara Paretsky’s superb Hardball. So much mystery history cites the significant contribution Sara Paretsky made to the world of mystery fiction with V.I. Warshawski, the tough, tenacious and non-traditional PI on the case. Reading the now thirteen book series is a study in the development of one of today’s best writers of fiction and the seismic shifts in the professional and private lives of women in the US. As Lottie opines from her grandmotherly perch: “Men can put community first and come home to domestic life, but women, we’re still like nuns in a way: if we have a strong vocation it’s hard to meet our private needs.” No serious writer or reader of this genre can have examined the best until reading all thirteen in the Chicago bestselling series. For just less than $200, this is an advanced field of study. As the recent books have done, VI is tracking a misdeed from the simmering summer days of 60’s civil rights in Chicago woven through the fabric of today’s political landscape. A missing man, a vivacious visiting cousin and nuns continuing to champion the cause of justice for all—these are the living in the powerful Hardball, an elegant mystery with historical gravitas!