Shell Game by Sara Paretsky
review copy; 400 pages
V. I. Warshawski Series #19
Shell Game by Sara Paretsky is a highly recommended 19th
installment of the continuing crimes series featuring Chicago private
investigator V. I. Warshawski.
This time V.I. is trying to solve two complicated mysteries. The first
one is the corpse that turned up in Cap Sauer's
Holding. The police are looking at Lotty's nephew, Felix, as the prime
suspect and Lotty wants V.I. to protect Felix, hopefully by finding
clues to the real killer. The second mystery involves Harmony
Seale looking for her missing sister, Reno. Harmony and Reno's late
mother was the sister of V.I.'s ex-husband, attorney Richard Yarborough.
Harmony has flown in from Portland because her sister has disappeared.
She wants V.I. to help her find Reno, who would never take off without
talking to Harmony.
The investigations are involved and complicated, insuring V.I. gets
little sleep and has to deal with multiple lines of inquiry as well as
injuries. In the plot expect Slavic thugs attacking her (and her dog),
Middle Eastern ties, immigration questions, predatory payday loans,
stolen art, wealthy corporate abuse, financial fraud, ICE agents, ISIS
stock scams - and those are not all of the problems V.I. encounters.
These cases are going to challenge V.I. mentally and physically. The
good news is that she is up to the task.
Paretsky is an accomplished, seasoned crime writer who knows how to
write an intriguing, complicated, and engrossing plot that will hold
your attention and that is certainly the case with Shell Game.
This is a page-turner that will have most readers saying, "Just one more
chapter..." The pace is fast and furious as additional information is
uncovered, leading to more questions and new lines of inquiry.
Obviously, V.I. is a well-developed character, as are the other regulars
that populate Warshawski's world. The new characters are also generally
developed enough to give them depth and keep a measure of interest in
their actions. Although this is the 19th novel featuring V.I., it can
also be read as a stand-alone since relationships between people and
pertinent backstories are explained.There are several hot-topic current social issues at play in the plot, so please take note if that is going to bother you.
My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.