Hardball (V.I. Warshawski Novel) [Sara Paretsky] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Hired to track down a man who has been missing for. V.I. Warshawski is back, as cranky and committed as ever. And author Sara Paretsky has a few pet peeves and projects of her own. Photo: Steven E. Gross. Review: “Hardball” by Sara Paretsky. Amy GutmanSpecial to the Tribune. Just back from an Italian vacation, a chastened but still intrepid wki soon.

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This novel has several seemingly unrelated threads that end up coming together in a powerful ending. If you like mystery novels especially if you like to read series and not standalones and haven’t read Sara Paretsky yet, you are in for a huge hardballl. Chicago politics—past, present, and future—take center stage in this complex and compelling V. Hardball is as good a place as any to start exploring Vic’s world; I heartily recommend you start doing so.

I wonder if the same character with a different psychology would approach those cases differently. Apr 09, Sandie rated it really liked it Shelves: In part, in this szra they allow for a bit more character development of VI as she struggles with personal demons whilst the novel explores social ones.

Warshawski, a female private investigator working the tougher side of Chicago. The novel started off a little slow for my tasting but once you got the background stuff out of the way, it got really interesting. The character were unforgettable, from the young and beautiful cousin Petra, to her neighbor Mr.

Review: “Hardball” by Sara Paretsky

It was like you were pieces the pieces together alongside V. This is a heck of a good book.

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. So my continuity with this series is not the best. Clive Paretssky and Graham Brown. Into the middle of this tangled web steps V.


She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. She had to work to get her answers, piece things together, and avoid danger. Every so often someone will say something that just makes me think about something I never haddball about before and i will say, “Damn, that’s some good thinking, that’s a damn good harsball In her rich, unhurried story, Paretsky builds layer upon layer of seemingly unrelated connections, intrigue and long-buried secrets.

The impetus of the story is that VI Vic to her friends has been hired by to old ladies, one of whom is dying, to find out what happened to Lamont Gadsden, a 19 year old who diappeared a few days after a race riot in South Chiicago.

He had a wife and child to provide for, while she has the luxury of not having to be responsible for anyone but herself. But in politics, in business, and praetsky law enforcement, the game is hardball.

HARDBALL by Sara Paretsky | Kirkus Reviews

But at the end, this a a very personal account of fathers and daughters. Other books in the series. One of my faves. A Place of Hiding. She has also received fan letters from former President Bill Clinton. Vic’s search for a missing gang member leads to revelations about the death of a young civil rights worker during a white riot against a march led by Dr. Warshawski is the most engaging woman in detective fiction. Some nice Chicago detail.

However, after about four of them, I got tired of her perpetual bad humor and inability to get close to anyone. The book then jumps back in time to what exactly was VI up to that would have caused Petra to be kidnapped and what does it have to do with a murder that occurred during the Civil Rights Era.


Vic has a hard time reconciling these acts, wanting to believe her father was flawless and honorable, yet seeing both honor in his actions and dishonor in his silence.

But in Writing in an Age of SilenceParetsky revealed that at one time she barely spoke above a whisper. Can Vic survive her peppy young cousin, in Chicago to work on a senate campaign, and her efforts to snoop into Vic’s life?

There was way too much of the city, more than the plot warranted. Jul 25, Nicky Reed rated it liked it. Ultimately, it’s a thoughtful novel. We review books, TV and streaming shows, films, reference works, audiobooks, short stories, and more. Paretsky could use some of that; but maybe that’s not something she’s capable of? She did community service work on the south side of Chicago in and returned in to work there.

I wish the author would have given an indication that she was flipping around in time. Every so often I will find that diamond, and that is so thrilling and exciting. Contreras being a busy-body, V. Her most recent interval brought us Bleeding Kansas Putnam,a family saga set in an isolated farming community near Lawrence, Kansas, where the Iowa-born Paretsky was raised; Writing in an Age of Silence Verso,a memoir that collects many of her powerful essays and speeches, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and the afterword to a new edition of The Brothers Karamazov Signet, Martin Luther King’s life.