Blacklist - V. I. Warshawski, Bk 11 Author:Sara Paretsky V.I. Warshowski is hired by well-heeled Darraugh Graham to investigate his 90-year old mother's complaints of nighttime prowlers on the former family estate in an ultra-posh community outside Chicago. V.I. agrees to check up on an empty mansion. But instead of a mysterious intruder, surprises a mysterious, teenage girl and discovers the body... more » of a black journalist at the bottom of a putrid pond, a reporter for an African-American publication whom the suburban cops are quick to dismiss as a suicide.
When the man's shattered family hires V.I. to investigate, she is sucked into a Gothic tale of sex, money, and power, leading her back to the McCarthy era blacklists and forward to some of the darker aspects of the Patriot Act. As V.I. finds herself penned in to a smaller and smaller space by an artery of people trying to silence her, and before she can untangle the sordid truth, two more people will die- and V.I.'s own life will hang in the balance.
In the process of identifying the girl ,VI confronts the sharks of Chicago's old-moneyed set, unraveling feuds, unseemly fraternization and murky misdeeds dating back to the mid 50s. Simultaneously, this same cast of characters supports a totally contemporary mystery involving a Muslim school worker with an expired visa who's all-too-easily branded a suspected terrorist.« less