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Blacklist (V.I. Warshawski Novels)by Sara Paretsky
Shortlisted for the Golden Dagger Award
Synopses & Reviews
Paretsky returns with her heroine V.I. Warshawski in this New York Times bestseller, deemed "a complex, disturbing thriller" by the Associated Press. This is a story of secrets and betrayals that stretch across four generations — secrets that are political, social, sexual, financial, and all of them with the power to kill.
"Paretsky emphasizes the political but doesn't neglect the personal here: a compelling tale of secrets that can't stay buried." Kirkus Reviews
"Paretsky reminds us that although victims change, prejudice is still alive and all too well. With this top-notch offering, she earns another vote of confidence for V.I." Publishers Weekly
"[A] stellar entry in a celebrated series, which offers a provocative history lesson....A tightly woven and thoughtful thriller, this enticing mix of history and mystery showcases sharp, clever, vulnerable V. I. at her best." Booklist
"This may be Paretsky's most complex novel to date. It will have particular resonance post-9/11, as readers recognize more easily what it was like for past generations to live in fear. Highly recommended." Library Journal
"[A] thoughtful, high-tension mystery....Whatever your views on those subjects [of political dissent and national security], this is a provocative mystery that should prompt you to examine them more rigorously." Washington Post Book World
"In addition to being a first-class mystery, Blacklist contains subtle warnings about the loss of freedoms and is a reminder of how absolute power can corrupt and destroy the freedoms it is meant to protect." Orlando Sentinel
"[O]ne of the most intricately plotted Warshawsky novels to date....Blacklist shines, thanks to the depth of Paretsky's research into the times and her passion for both Warshawsky and this world....[This series] has reached a new peak." Rocky Mountain News
"There are some odd things about this book, not science-fiction strange, but strange enough to make much of the action ludicrous....With its murky plot, surprisingly ditzy heroine and multitudinous goofy moments, Blacklist may be the black sheep of the Warshawski series." Chicago Sun-Times
"[B]ecause she is still among the very best drivers of narrative engines in the business, Paretsky...has produced a genuinely exciting and disturbing thriller, a raging vehicle that can carry a load of baggage...without missing a beat." Chicago Tribune
"Paretsky has an affinity for solid storytelling with a social agenda without sacrificing plot....Blacklist doesn't miss a beat as the author carefully shapes her characters while molding a plot that accelerates." South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Perpetrating hooptedoodle. That's all I could think of as I read...paragraph after paragraph of earnest but dull prose in Blacklist....'Perpetrating hooptedoodle' is writer Elmore Leonard's description of what writers do when they bore readers." Cleveland Plain Dealer
"[W]ith so much sermonizing, Blacklist comes across mostly as a medium for expressing Paretsky's own socio-political views. This turns an otherwise intriguing whodunit into a diatribe on civil liberties, and that is unfortunate." Dallas-Ft. Worth Star Telegram
"Sara Paretsky wrote the book, so to speak, on putting a woman squarely in the world of tough-cookie private eyes." Seattle Times
Readers love sleuth V.I. Warshawski. Now she returns in a novel of secrets and betrayals that stretch across four generations — from one of the most compelling writers in American crime fiction.
Readers love sleuth V.I. Warshawski. Now she returns in a novel of secrets and betrayals that stretch across four generations-from one of the most compelling writers in American crime fiction.
About the Author
Sara Paretsky is the author of twelve previous books, including ten V. I. Warshawski novels. She is the winner of many awards, including the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers' Association.
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