This is a great book. Easy to read and is the same quality that you expect from Paretsky. The wise and forever funny Warshawski comes thru in this book as a real person who always has her feet in trouble. Hard to put this book down as I was wanting to read what the final outcome was.
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I just recently discovered Sara Paretsky & V.I. Warshawski. I love mysteries with female sleuths, so I was happy to stumble onto another author. What makes this particular author and this book stand out to me is that workers rights and the labor movement have such a presence. All too often, unions & union workers are only mentioned in passing, often the butt of a joke. It's refreshing to see an author incorporate such an important part of our society into a well-written story. I, for one, will continue to read books written by Paretsky.
Intrepid Chicago P.I., V.I. Warshawski, is drawn back to her old neighborhood on the South Side as a replacement high school girls' basketball coach. She's soon embroiled in South Side troubles: lack of funds for high school sports, a large corporation paying a pitance to hard-working folks, a small struggling business destroyed by fire and the murder of its owner, and the disappearances of a young idealistic heir to the large corporation and one of the girls on her basketball team. She frets over her lover Morrell as a beautiful journalist friend of his moves into his spare room, and she tangles with her old lover Conrad who has become police commander in the South Side's 4th precinct. This is an exciting fast-paced read!
A conscience can weigh a PI down more than the heaviest firearm..and get her into more trouble. It's that nagging conscience that makes V. I. Warshawski agree to fill in as coach for the girls' basketball team at her South Chicago alma mater..which in turn leads her to the headquarters of By-Smart, the global retail empire where V. I. hopes to get some desperately needed funds for the struggling squad. But conscience seems to be in short supply at By-Smart...with the exception of Billy Bysen, the earnest teenage grandson of the chain's gruff, tightfisted founder. And when Billy disappears...along with a mysterious document much desired by By-Smart's management team...V. I. is hurled onto a twisted, body-strewn path that runs through Chicago's dirtiest places and reveals some of its dirtiest secrets...
"V.I.Warshawski may have left her old South Cicago neighborhood, but as she learns she cannot escapte it. When she takes over coaching duties of the girls' basket all team at her former high school, the detective faces an ill-equipped, ragtag group of gangbangers, fundamentalists, and teenage moms who inevitably draw her into their family woes." From the book jacket.
Vic Warshawski left behind her tough southside Chicago neighborhood over a quarter of a century ago but a new case brings her back to the sad, broken down area where she grew up. This is the most recent installment in the series by acclaimed author Sara Paretsky.
Private eye V.I. Warshawski takes a break from tony Lakeview to fill in for her old high school basketball coach on Chicago's South Side in her 12th adventure. Vic starts her volunteer stint looking for a team sponsor at megadiscount store By-Smart, whose founder, Buffalo Bill Bysen, is a fellow alum. Of all Bysen's cutthroat, cost-cutting family, only idealist 19-year-old Billy shows any interest in helping the team. When he disappears, his frustrated father hires Vic to find him. The mother of a high school basketball player also hires Vic to investigate sabotage at the flag factory where she worksan investigation cut short when the factory blows up before Vic's eyes. Things go no better at school or at home, and clues pile on but they don't add up. Vic takes her lumps as she makes her way from a fundamentalist church, where the pastor goes to extremes for his flock, to the city dump, where villains try to bury their secrets.
Paretsky has recently tackled the Holocaust (Total Recall) and globalization (Hard Time); here she explores the struggles of the working poor and the schemes of the rich and infamous. Packed with social themes and moral energy, held together by humor, compassion and sheer feistiness, this novel shows why Paretsky and her heroine are such enduring figures in American detective fiction.
In this 13th book of the popular series, Chicago P I, V.I. Warshawski, returns to her old South Side neighborhood, now in a sad state of decline, to help her former basketball coach with a girls' team at the local high school. But her efforts to interest local businessmen in supporting the team lead her into an increasingly complex tangle of exploited low-wage workers, a storefront preacher who may or may not be one of the good guys, and the life-or-death conflicts at the center of a large fabulously wealthy family who live in tony Barrington Hills, but run cut throat businesses in places like the South Side.
A conscience can weigh a PI down more than the heaviest firearm - and get her into more trouble. It's that nagging conscience that makes V.I. Warshawshi agree to fill in as coach for the girls' basketball team at her South Cicago alma mater - which in turn leads her to the headquarters of By-smart, the global retail empire where V.I. hopes to get some desperately needed funds for the struglling squad. But conscience seems to be in short supply at By-Smart...with the exception of Billy Bysen, the earnest teenage grandson of the chain's gruff, tightfisted founder. And when Billy disappears - along with a mysterious document much desired by By-Smart's management team - V.I. is hurled onto a twisted, body-strewn path that runs through Chicago's dirtiest places and reveals some of its dirtiest secrets.