Sara Paretsky, one of the most legendary crime writers of all time, presents an exclusive and thrilling short story featuring beloved investigator V.I. Warshawski as a ten-year-old girl on her first investigation.
V.I. Warshawski developed her strength and sense of justice at a very early age. It’s 1966 and on the south side of Chicago racial tensions are at an all-time high. Dr. Martin Luther King is leading marches at Marquette Park and many in the neighborhood are very angry.
With nothing but a bicycle, eighty-two cents in her pocket, and her Brownie camera hanging from her wrist, Victoria sneaks off to Marquette Park alone to protect her father Tony, a police officer who is patrolling the crowds.
What begins as a small adventure and a quest to find her father and make sure he is safe turns into something far more dangerous. As the day goes on and the conflict at the park reaches a fever pitch Victoria realizes she must use her courage and ingenuity if she wants to keep herself and her family members out of harm’s way.
About the Author
SARA PARETSKY is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty previous novels, including the renowned V.I. Warshawski series. She is one of only four living writers—alongside John le Carré, Peter Lovesey, and Lawrence Block—to have received both the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain. She lives in Chicago with her husband.
Before there was Lisbeth Salander, before there was Stephanie Plum, there was V.I. WARSHAWSKI. She took the mystery world by storm in 1982 with her first appearance in Indemnity Only. A gifted private eye with the grit and smarts to tackle the mean streets, V.I. transformed a genre in which women were typically either vamps or victims. As a “courageous, sexually liberated female investigator,” she “has a humility, a humanity, and a need for human relationships which the male hard-boilers lack” (P.D. James). She lives in Chicago with her dog.
Date of Birth:June 8, 1947
Place of Birth:Ames, Iowa
Education:B.A., Political Science, University of Kansas; Ph.D. and M.B.A., University of Chicago
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sara Paretsky is the author of eighteen "V. I. Warshawski" novels. This is the story of her famous detective's first case, when young V. I., then know as Victoria or Vic, is only 10 years old. Set in Chicago in August 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King's visit sparks a race riot in Marquette Park, where Vic's police officer father is on duty. Vic sets out to warn him of impending danger and gets caught up in a murder. She uses lessons learned from her mother to survive by her wits and manages to solve her first case with a bit of help from her trusty Brownie camera - not quite a digital, but it does the trick! The story includes appearances by her cousin Boom-Boom, her mother Gabriella, her father Tony, and his friend Sergeant Bobby Mallory. An adventurous story in its own right, I'm sure long-standing fans of the series will find it a hoot. At the end of the story, Vic makes a promise to her mother that we know, in hindsight, she will not be able to keep. The author includes a complete backstory about her character V. I. Warshawski, from her childhood to her education, marriage, divorce, and career as a private investigator. This edition also includes the first two chapters of her newest "V. I. Warshawski" novel, "Fallout", due out 18 April 2017. Warnings: coarse language, violence. Full blog post (7 April): https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2017/04/wildcat-by-sara-paretsky.html
WILDCAT: V.I. WARSHAWSKI'S FIRST CASE by Sara Paretsky A Prequel to the V.I. Warshawski Mysteries Travel back in time to the summer of 1966 when more than the temperatures were getting hot in the South Side of Chicago. This was a summer of civil unrest including protest marches led by Martin Luther King Junior and race riots. When 10 year old Victoria hears her Uncle Tomasz threaten to "teach Tony a lesson" she races to the middle of the demonstrations to warn her father, police officer Tony Warshawski. With her trusty camera in hand Victoria discovers more than she bargained for. Will the words of her mother as well as her own determination save her? This prequel is short...very short... and as such there is not much room for plot development. There's not much investigating and Victoria is trying merely to warn her father instead of actually trying to solve a case. But we see great characterization and realize the impact these events will have on the future V.I. Warshawski. Despite its brevity, WILDCAT is rich in atmosphere. You can feel the anger spew into the sweltering heat, turning neighbors into vicious mobs. The writing is intense and immensely visceral forcing us to feel the emotions of the characters, indeed the emotion of the era. WILDCAT is a most fitting mystery for today, especially given the current political clime. We need to look at history, as Gabriella does, for we dare not repeat it. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.