V. I. Warshawski explores secrets and betrayals that stretch across four generations in this New York Times bestselling novel from one of the most compelling writers in American crime fiction...
“A thoughtful, high-tension mystery.”—The Washington Post Book World
“A genuinely exciting and disturbing thriller.”—Chicago Tribune
As a favor to her most important client, V. I. agrees to check up on an empty mansion. But instead of a mysterious intruder she discovers a dead man in the ornamental pond—a reporter for an African-American publication whom the suburban cops are quick to dismiss as a suicide.
When the man’s shattered family hires V. I. to investigate, she is sucked into a Gothic tale of sex, money, and power, leading her back to McCarthy-era blacklists and forward to some of the darker aspects of the Patriot Act. As V. I. finds herself penned in to a smaller and smaller space by an array of people trying to silence her, and before she can untangled the sordid truth, two more people will die—and V.I.’s own life will hang in the balance.
Praise for Blacklist
"Sara Paretsky's Chicago private eye, V. I. Warshawski, is one tough cookie...memorable."--The New York Times Book Review "Thoroughly gripping."--The Seattle Times
"Timely, entertaining, thought-provoking and hard to put down."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"This is not your everyday detective story."--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"[A] riveting exploration of guilt and fear...top-notch."--Publishers Weekly
"A complex, disturbing thriller, one that will linger in readers' minds."--Associated Press
More Praise for Sara Paretsky and the V. I. Warshawski series
"One of our genre's crucial, solid-gold, best-ever series. Paretsky is a genius."--Lee Child
"V.I. Warshawski is one of my all-time favorite investigators."--Lisa Gardner
"For me, the most remarkable of the moderns is Sara Paretsky."--P.D. James
"One of the most-loved characters in crime fiction."--Booklist (starred review)
"No one, male or female, writes better P.I. books than Paretsky."--The Denver Post
"Paretsky's books are beautifully paced and plotted, and the dialogue is fresh and smart...V.I. Warshawski is the most engaging woman in detective fiction."--Newsweek