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Hard Time (V. I. Warshawski Series #9)
     

Hard Time (V. I. Warshawski Series #9)

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by Sara Paretsky
 

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Among the first, and perhaps the most compelling, female private investigators of contemporary fiction, Sara Paretsky's incomparable character V. I. Warshawski at last returns to the page in her first full-length appearance since 1994's Tunnel Vision. Hard Time is the work of a master--a riveting novel of suspense that is indisputably Paretsky's best V.I

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3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
john19713 More than 1 year ago
I began reading the Warshawski series from the beginning. I noticed that each book was a little more ridiculous than the preceding. "Hard Time" is, IMO, the most ridiculous yet, leaving me shaking my head in disbelief a few times. The most ridiculous event occurred about a third of the way in the book when a dirty cop plants drugs in V.I.'s office. with the intent of framing her for dealing drugs. He also trashes her office to make it look like a break-in. Having had a previous run-in with this dirty cop, V.I. is suspicious when she finds her trashed office, so she does her own search and finds the planted drugs. She flushes the drugs down the toilet before calling the cops to report the break-in. So far so good. But here is where it gets ridiculous. While the first two cops who responded are taking V.I.'s statement, the dirty cop (who is not in the narcotics division by the way) arrives with his own squad and immediately orders his team to search for drugs. Without producing a search warrant, by the way. When the dirty cop can't find the drugs that he planted he knows V.I. was one step ahead of him. He gets so angry that this badge heavy cop openly slaps V.I. in the face. Not once, but twice. In front of his own squad as well as the first two responding beat cops., and then has her handcuffed as they finish the search. Really?? Excessive force, assault and battery, and an illegal search?? And the group of cops who are witnesses to all this don't do anything to stop him? That's going way behind poetic license or whatever it's called. There are a few more incidents that left me shaking my head in doubt. And of course V.I. gets beaten to a pulp and left to die at one point, which seems to be a routine occurrence in the past few books. And last but not least, it ends with a shout-out between V,I. and the bad guy, a very powerful CEO of a large security company. It was entertaining, as all of the Warshawski books have been, but this one really pushed the edge of the envelope of believability.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sarah Paretsky has an agenda and while she has a right to do so,herstory suffers. I have enjoyed previous I.V. Warshawsky's outings but this one is so ridiculous that I could indeed put it down. Nothing makes sense, things happen and people do things only to advance the agenda-never the story. One star is too many.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
To start the V.I. Warshawski series backwards is a strange experience. My first contact with the work of Sara Paretski was in Total Recall, a very effective mixture of hardboiled police investigation and Kindertransport II World War literary drama. It was very good and I was compelled to continue so I got HARD TIME. Full hardboiled thriller, with so many things going on for Warshawski, that even if Paretski sometimes gives away what is going to happen by making the clues too obvious (the wrong folder where Vic puts the Life Story report, the special detective cameras, the t-shirt on Aguinaldo), it still baffles me the strenght of her prose. And well, the incredible names she finds for her characters, the spanish names are funny beyond borders. I was very happy, entertained and thrilled. Great book, great series, will continue with the next one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Private investigator, V. I. Warshawski gets into trouble big time in this novel. She takes on three of the most powerful, corrupt and dangerous men in Chicago. After almost running over a woman's body in the street one night she has a bent cop trying to frame her for causing the injuries and death of the victim. It is this woman, an escapee from prison, who holds the clues to a good deal of the evil going on in the entertainment and media world of Chicago. There are nearly four hundred pages in this book and every one seems to drop Waqrshawski deeper into trouble. One of Paretsky's best.