Hardball (V. I. Warshawski Series #13)

Hardball (V. I. Warshawski Series #13)

by Sara Paretsky
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Hardball (V.I. Warshawski Series #13) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
bibliotek More than 1 year ago
I have long been a fan of Sara Paretsky's detective, V.I. Warshawski, a no-nonsense, hardboiled female P.I. And this novel was a grand return of this intriguing character. The mystery is set in the city of Chicago and harkens back to a murder during the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. The racial tensions of that period are almost palpable. Even a younger reader will feel the trauma of that painful time in our nation's history. The mystery of the story is a crackling one and quite intricate. It seemed like an onion, with so many layers which needed to be peeled to find the truth at the core. It was also fascinating to read about Vic's childhood and her recollections of her father, a police officer, and her mother, a frustrated opera singer from Italy. This book is quite long, at almost 400 pages. I found it to be a quick read, though, and I would have loved another 200 pages or so!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad to have VI back. Ms. Paretsky is exploring new characters, and aspects of VI's family. VI's voice is still there, and I like the way characters are allowed to age and use current technology. Good book. I'm keeping it.
cewilch More than 1 year ago
It was so great to have the gift of another V.I. Warshawski novel that words can hardly describe my joy and delight in experiencing this tale! Sara Paretsky, you truly are a magnificient story teller . . your stories are so rich with detail, and alive with reality, so that not a word is wasted. A note to the author: you don't need to title each chapter like you did in this book (if you ever did this before I didn't notice, in my eagerness to get on with the story); your writing is good and clear enough that each chapter stands on its own and doesn't need the added distraction of a flippant title. I really needed this novel, at this time in my life, to bring up my spirits . . .this book will stay with me and keep me warm for days to come. My only regret is the long wait ahead for another installment in the V.I. Warshawski storyline. Thank you! Thank you!
KenCady More than 1 year ago
This one fooled me. I was ready to give it up after 60 or 70 pages as I just wasn't getting into it. There was only one review here, and that was about some other book than this one. So I re-read Marilyn Stasio's comments and stuck with it since Stasio hasn't let me down yet. Sara Paretsky took her time building her story, and I liked that it features many women in heroic roles, but it finally started taking me in only with the depth of its characters, and the honesty of the storyline. By the finish I felt quite rewarded for having read an interesting tale of crime and corruption being battled yet again by decency and honor. So you can't always tell from the beginning that a writer is going to play Hardball with your views.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to say this book started pretty slow but it picked up the pace eventually to become a fantastic read. Paretsky is still injecting too much of her own liberalism for my taste but, if you can overlook this small flaw, you will be rewarded with an enjoyable plotline. I wish all of Paretsky's books were this well thought out and interesting Good job on this one. Stephanie Clanahan
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LinnKS More than 1 year ago
These are all very good books. If you like mysteries these are some of the best.
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ANNAMARIE GOESSEL More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Very well written, with alot of history of chicago in it, but entertaining history, not the kind that drags on that you wish you could skip. Definitely ready for another v.i. book
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