Fire Sale - V. I. Warshawski, Bk 12 Author:Sara Paretsky V.I. Warshawski may have left her old South Chicago neighborhood, but she learns that she cannot escape it. When V.I. takes over coaching duties of the girls' basketball team at her former high school, she faces an ill-equipped, ragtag group of gangbangers, fundamentalists, and teenage moms who inevitably draw the detective into their family... more » woes.
Through young Josie Dorrado, V.I. meets the girl's mother, who voices her worries about sabotage in the little flag manufacturing plant where she works. The biggest employer on the South Side, discount-store behemoth By-Smart, pays even less, and Ms. Dorrado doesn't know how she'll support her four children if the flag plant shuts down.
The elder Dorrado's fears are realized when the plant explodes; V.I. is injured and the owner is killed. As V.I. begins to investigate, she finds herself onfronting the Bysen family, who own the By-Smart company. Founder William "Buffalo Bill" Bysen, now in his eighties, has four sons who quarrel with each other and with him; the oldest, "Young Mr. William," is close to sixty and furious that his father doesn't cede more power to him. And then there's "Billy the Kid," Young Mr. William's nineteen-year-old son, whose Christian idealism puts him on a collision course with his father, his grandfather, and the company as a whole.
When Billy runs away with Josie Dorrado, V.I. is squeezed between the needs of two very different families. As she tries to find the errant teenagers, and to track down a particularly cruel murderer, her own life is almost forfeit in the swamps that lie under the city of Chicago.« less
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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.
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.
Beth M. reviewed Fire Sale (V. I. Warshawski, Bk 12) on
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.