Guardian Angel - V.I. Warshawski, Bk 7 Author:Sara Paretsky Racine Avenue is going upscale -- bad news for hand-to-mouth residents like V. I. Warshawski. As tax bills skyrocket, newcomers pressure old inhabitants into fixing up their homes or moving out. To the yuppies on the block the worst eyesore belongs to old Hattie Frizell, whose yard is "returning to native prairie, complete with hubcaps.&quo... more »t; Their block club wants her and her five dogs gone.
V. I. and Hattie have a relationship of sorts: one of those five dogs gave V. I.'s dog Peppy an unwelcome litter. When Hattie slips in her bath and is rushed unconscious to the hospital, V. I. feels compelled to get involved. But neighboring lawyer Todd Pichea and his wife, Chrissie, act swiftly to get the courts to make them Hattie's legal guardians. V. I. returns from a business trip to find they've put the old woman's dogs to sleep. Furious, V. I. starts poking around in the Picheas' affairs, hoping to turn up something scandalous enough to make them lose their guardianship.
Hattie isn't the detective's only worry. When her downstairs neighbor's oldest friend disappears, Mr. Contreras persuades V. I. to investigate. As she probes both problems, V. I. uncovers a scandal linking one of Chicago's oldest industrial families to union fraud and a politically connected bank. Her investigation takes her into the depths of the steamy Sanitary Canal and brings her eyeball-to-eyeball with her ex-husband, Dick Yarborough. When her dear friend Lotty Herschel and her own lawyer turn against her, V. I. is left alone to struggle with the most serious case of her career.« less
This is one of the best in the series! In the 7th installment V. I. Warshawski, Chicago's PI, Vic becomes involved with her neighborhood. An old friend of Mr. Contreras is in trouble and then missing. The neighborhood has its own problems with new neighbors complaining and harassing the neighbors who have been around for many years. It includes more details on her ex-husband, a new love interest and a strained old friendship.
I love golden retrievers and one of the draws of the series by Sara Paretsky is that her main character VI Warshawski has a golden retriever her life as well. That aside, the book is a fine example of Paretsky's love and knowledge of the city of Chicago.This particular case has VI checking out a potential scandal about union fraud, bankingand her ex-husband who has not had much of a feature in VI stories thus far.