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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.
Publisher: New York : Putnam, c2003
ISBN: 9780451209696
Branch Call Number: Mystery
Characteristics: 415 p. ; 24 cm


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Jan 22, 2019

I started reading her after finishing all the good writers. I'm still reading her books - just because. But every story has her getting beat up or losing a lover or ??? I just finished Total Recall (terrible book) - way too long and Blacklist. Again, way too long. Both have too many "extra" characters to try and keep track of.

Her main characters of which there are about 5-6 plus the dogs are easy to remember if you've read any. But when the story brings in 10 more and they are families with same last name, it's impossible to keep track of.

Jan 05, 2012

This was my first experience with this author. I found the writing flat and uninteresting and the story telling tedious. Surprising as I chose based on the authors mystery writing awards.


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