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by Sara Paretsky

Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Suspense and Thriller
Author: Sara Paretsky
ISBN: 1410417506
ISBN13: 978-1410417503
Language: English
Publisher: Thorndike Pr; Large Print edition (September 22, 2009)
Pages: 671
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Hired to track down a man who has been missing for forty years, V.I. Warshawski inadvertently unearths old skeletons from Chicago's history and her own family, a situation marked by a young cousin she has never met and the untimely death of a nun. By the Cartier Diamond Dagger-winning author of Blacklist. (Mystery & detective). Simultaneous.
Comments to eBook Hardball (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series)
Wilalmaine
This is the third book I have read in this series. I love the way she mixes history of real events with the thrill of the detective work and the ensuing chase. Being a liberal person of the Hebrew faith, and having lived through many of the events that she has used over the last 70 years, I love the way she intertwines these events into extraordinary stories. All three of the books ( Hardball, Critical Mass, and Total Recall) involve historic events where human rights and dignity were heavily involved along with the corruption that was rampant in the corporate and police world of those times.

Hardball is appropriately name for a key element in the story of the murder and disappearance of civil rights workers in the 1960's. I know other reviewers on the far right side of the political spectrum found this theme to be extremely annoying. So if that is going to affect your reading of this intriguing story stay away. Read it for the history and a telling of how that history effected so many innocent people and how the system abused them in this fictional telling of how V.I.Warshawsli uses her wits and stamina and an amazing cast of friends to solve a 40 year old mystery. Friends are an elderly neighbor, 2 doctors, a collection of nuns, street people, reporters, and an assorted collection of speciality firms.

Each of the 3 books I read was over 500 pages, but don't let the length bother you as the reading is fast paced. The action takes place in Chicago and even though this is not one of my favorite cities, the story overcame my unfamiliarity with the geography.

I just went out and bought 3 more of her books. Great reading and extremely relaxing and enjoyable.
Saithi
I have read just about all of the V.I. Warshawski novels. Being from Chicago, I love the descriptions of back home. But - beware - there is a problem with mixing factual events with fiction. I was there when Dr. King marched in Marquette Park - a major plot event - but no one was killed by a nail spiked baseball (as the book depicts). Since the death of this marcher, who purportedly was right behind Dr. King, is a major plot element it may lead readers to mix fiction with the factual events. Yes, rocks were thrown, invective was hurled but no one died. Dr. King, at one point, was hit with a rock - but no one died.... I guess I have to keep repeating this. A less historically inclined reader could infer that this death - like the march itself - was real. There is not now - or was there ever - a Racine police station - another plot element.
This blending of fact/fiction can only stoke the racial flames that burn in many parts of the city - including Englewood and Marquette Park, where much of the plot is centered. Too bad the author couldn't "change the names to protect the innocent" and not further inflame an already tense - and sad - situation.
Mildorah
V. I. Warshawski is such a likable heroine. She cares about people, black, white, those downtrodden, family. She puts herself at risk time and again in order to bring the bad guys to justice. She is a great combination of hard and soft. She is bright, and dogged in figuring things out. Her mother, no longer living, is a powerful force in her life, as is her father the cop who is also dead. The story thread reaches back 40 years, but in the end she is able to bring to justice, with a little help from her friends, those who committed murder. There is a nice ending. It is a story I really enjoyed reading.
Moogugore
Once upon a time, I had to have each new V. I. Warshawski novel as it came out. However, after about four of them, I got tired of her perpetual bad humor and inability to get close to anyone. The atmosphere along such lines of the works just became too oppressive to me, so I bowed out of reading the next set. After having read a recent review of this book, I plunged back in. And am glad that I did.

In the early books, she was still young; here, she is about 50 or so, based on some of her comments. As she has aged, the same poor humor and inability to get close to others remains. But, somehow, this has become poignant and adds pop to this novel. Her character, Vic to acquaintances, in a sense, has grown richer since the last time I read one of these works.

This novel has several seemingly unrelated threads that end up coming together in a powerful ending. Paretsky's novels in this series often contain politically oriented issues. No different this time. The key event is racial rioting in Chicago in the latter m1960s, including an attempt on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. at an event in Chicago. What went down then? Police arrested a young man for murder and tortured him to get an arrest.

Move forward 40 years. Plot line # 1. Vic's (V. I.=Victoria Iphigenia) cousin shows up. She is working for a charismatic candidate (Kennedy-esque)U. S. Senate seat. Plot line # 2. An old, dying woman wants to know what happened to her son 40 years earlier. The two plot lines, of course, seem completely different. However, Paretsky brings them powerfully together.

In the process, we continue to be touched by how important Vic's parents, dead for years, remain to her. It is also part of the poignancy of her rather empty life that they retain such an emotional effect on her. Elements that are a part of this story: the coerced confession; her father Tony's role in this (and his subsequent dead end career as a police officer); ex-police officers becoming powerful figures in Chicago; a former gang leader imprisoned; the person charged with the murder now free; a nun working to make the lives of immigrants a bit better and her fate; and on and on. The story develops richly, with many components (as one can tell from the preceding partial listing) a Paretsky trademark. And, at the end, perhaps a wisp of hope that V. I. is learning something about herself and might be able to address her demons. Only a wisp, I emphasize.

At any rate, this book has reintroduced me to this tough Private Investigator, and I'll read at least the next novel to come out.
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