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Monday, November 16, 2009

Hardball by Sara Paretsky

This is the latest book in the author's V.I. Warshawski series. Vic, as she is sometimes known, is a private detective in Chicago. She grew up in South Chicago under the glow of the steel mills, the daughter of a cop and a former opera singer. She graduates from law school and works for the public defenders' office for awhile before becoming a detective.
She gets asked to find someone who has been missing for 40 years. Lamont Gadsden was rumored to be part of the Anacondas, a notorious southside gang. He disappears during a major blizzard. His aunt wants to know what has happened to him before she passes away and Vic promises to do her best. Unfortunately, someone with a lot of power doesn't want any of those old and buried facts to come to light and V.I. finds that she, and those around her, are in serious danger, including the young cousin who is in town to work on a political campaign.
Some of the characters in this book had really, really foul mouths and made it difficult to read. Too bad, because Ms. Paretsky seems like a really interesting author but the language wasn't good at all. Rated R.

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