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Hardball by Sara Paretsky

Hardball (2009)

by Sara Paretsky

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one of Sara's best VIW, great story line involving her family ( )
  Claudia.Anderson | Feb 7, 2016 |
I think this is the best book by Sara Paretsky to date. It wasn't dark, it was an interesting story with lots of plot twists, and I learned something about historical Chicago. Definitely worth the time! ( )
  cygnet81 | Jan 17, 2016 |
  reneputt | Apr 28, 2015 |
I will really, really miss VI when she retires. ( )
  MelissaZD | Jan 1, 2014 |
This is the first Paretsky I've read, having heard many positive reviews of the V.I.Warshawski novels. It wasn't as brilliant as I'd hoped for, and I did almost give up a third of the way in. But I'm glad I stuck it out, as it got better, and turned into a very interesting thriller towards the end. Weaving into the story the history of the race riots of the early 1960s, and Martin Luther King, was what made it for me.

I agree with the other reviews here that suggest there was extraneous detail that can be skipped, and that the flashback plot device detracted from the flow. The final few chapters which tidied up all the loose detail after the climax, were (unsurprisingly) somewhat of an anticlimax. ( )
  jandm | Aug 17, 2013 |
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When V. I. Warshawski is asked to find a man who's been missing for four decades, a search that she figured would be futile becomes lethal. Afraid to learn that her adored father might have been a bent cop working for the Chicago P.D., V. I. takes the investigation all the way to its frightening end.… (more)

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