Blacklist (A V.I. Warshawski Novel)

3.82 avg rating
( 3,453 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780451209696: Blacklist (A V.I. Warshawski Novel)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

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.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Privilege, politics, and perfidy jointly propel the circuitous plot of Blacklist, Sara Paretsky's 11th novel featuring tenacious Chicago private-eye V.I. Warshawski. By the time this story runs its course, V.I. will have harbored an alleged Arab terrorist, resurrected the ghosts of America's 1950s anti-Communist hysteria, and questioned the integrity of a man she once admired "to the point of hero worship." In other words, it's a typical case for this hard-headed, sarcastic, and perpetually sleep-deprived sleuth.

Still suffering from "exhaustion of the spirit" in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, V.I. is hired to find out who may be sneaking into a vacated suburban mansion. Geraldine Graham, the home's 91-year-old former owner, who still lives nearby, claims she's seen lights in the attic at night. Our heroine suspects this is simply a bid by the wealthy dowager for greater attention, but agrees to do some nocturnal prowling--only to stumble (literally) across the body of a dead black journalist, Marcus Whitby, in the estate’s ornamental pond and encounter a teenage girl fleeing the scene. The girl turns out to be Catherine Bayard, the granddaughter of Calvin Bayard, an unapologetically liberal book publisher who survived a hounding by the U.S. House Un-American Activities Committee in the '50s without being blacklisted like so many of his authors. Digging deeper, V.I. learns that Whitby was doing research for a book about an African-American dancer and anthropologist who had enjoyed Bayard's support before she too was branded a Communist. Was Whitby killed en route to visit Bayard, one of Graham's neighbors--and a man who has strangely vanished from public view? And is there any connection between this murder and the disappearance of an Egyptian dishwasher, or the recent demise of a right-wing attorney and Bayard foe, in whose apartment V.I. is attacked by an intruder?

Except for a few astounding turns of luck (including the 11th-hour discovery of a revealing audiotape left in a car's player), Paretsky rolls out a credible yarn here, enriched by meticulous character development and an agreeably ambiguous conclusion. The author's intention to link McCarthy-era abuses with post-9/11 government assaults on civil rights is obvious, without being didactic, and it adds currency to a fictional investigation that's already rife with sex, betrayal, and long-held secrets among the rich. It's good to see that V.I. the P.I. hasn't lost the compassion or righteousness that first made her attractive two decades ago, in Indemnity Only. --J. Kingston Pierce

About the Author:

Sara Paretsky is the New York Times bestselling author of the renowned V.I. Warshawski novels. Her many awards include the Cartier Diamond Dagger Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Crime Writers' Association and the 2011 Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award. She lives in Chicago.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Paretsky, Sara
Published by Signet Book (2004)
ISBN 10: 0451209699 ISBN 13: 9780451209696
New Mass-market paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
MVE Inc
(Hickory, NC, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Signet Book, 2004. Mass-market paperback. Condition: New. Mass market (rack) paperback. Glued binding. 480 p. V.I. Warshawski Novels. Audience: General/trade. Seller Inventory # Alibris_0001002

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 3.89
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Paretsky, Sara
ISBN 10: 0451209699 ISBN 13: 9780451209696
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2004. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # KS-9780451209696

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 4.05
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Paretsky, Sara (Author)
Published by Penguin Random House
ISBN 10: 0451209699 ISBN 13: 9780451209696
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Random House. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 0451209699

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 4.65
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Paretsky, Sara
ISBN 10: 0451209699 ISBN 13: 9780451209696
New Quantity Available: 11
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2004. PAP. Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IB-9780451209696

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 4.38
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Sara Paretsky
Published by Penguin Putnam Inc, United States (2004)
ISBN 10: 0451209699 ISBN 13: 9780451209696
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Putnam Inc, United States, 2004. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. Seller Inventory # AAS9780451209696

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 8.39
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Paretsky, Sara
Published by Berkley (2004)
ISBN 10: 0451209699 ISBN 13: 9780451209696
New Mass Market Paperback Quantity Available: 4
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Berkley, 2004. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # 0451209699

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 6.41
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Paretsky, Sara
Published by Berkley Books 8/31/2004 (2004)
ISBN 10: 0451209699 ISBN 13: 9780451209696
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Berkley Books 8/31/2004, 2004. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. Blacklist. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9780451209696

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 8.55
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Paretsky, Sara
Published by Berkley
ISBN 10: 0451209699 ISBN 13: 9780451209696
New MASS MARKET PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Booklot COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Berkley. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0451209699. Seller Inventory # Z0451209699ZN

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 8.66
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Sara Paretsky
Published by Penguin Putnam Inc, United States (2004)
ISBN 10: 0451209699 ISBN 13: 9780451209696
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Putnam Inc, United States, 2004. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. Seller Inventory # AAS9780451209696

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 8.67
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Paretsky, Sara
Published by Berkley
ISBN 10: 0451209699 ISBN 13: 9780451209696
New MASS MARKET PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
Lakeside Books
(Benton Harbor, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Berkley. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0451209699 Brand New From The Publisher! Not Marked Up Remainders or Shelf Worn Overstocks!. Seller Inventory # OTF-S-9780451209696

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 4.95
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book