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Dead Land (#20 V.I. Warshawski)

Sara Paretsky



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01 May 2020
Fiction & Literature; Crime & mystery; Thriller & suspense
Chicago is the city of broad shoulders, but V.I. Warshawski knows its politics: Pay to Play . Money changes hands in the middle of the night; by morning, buildings and parks have been replaced by billion-dollar projects. Private investigator V.I. gets pulled into one of these clandestine deals when her impetuous goddaughter Bernie tries to rescue a famed singer-songwriter, now living on the streets. Thanks to Bernie, V.I. finds herself in the path of some developers whose negotiating strategy is simple: they bulldoze - or kill - any obstacle in their way. Questions pile up almost as fast as the dead bodies. When she tries to answer them, the detective finds a terrifying conspiracy stretching from Chicago's parks to a cover-up of the dark chapters in the American government's interference in South American politics. Before finds answer, V.I. will be pushed closed to breaking point. People who pay to play take no prisoners.
By:   Sara Paretsky
Imprint:   Headline
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781473624467
ISBN 10:   1473624460
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   01 May 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sara Paretsky was named 2011 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. She is the winner of many awards, including the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers' Association and the CWA Gold Dagger for Blacklist. In 2015 she received the Theakstons Old Peculier Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award. She lives on Chicago's south side. Visit Sara's website,, find her on Facebook,, and follow her on Twitter at

Reviews for Dead Land (#20 V.I. Warshawski)

As usual, Paretsky is less interested in identifying whodunit than in uncovering a monstrous web of evil, and this web is one of her densest and most finely woven ever.So fierce, ambitious, and far-reaching that it makes most other mysteries seem like so many petit fours - Kirkus Reviews Praise for Sara Paretsky's previous novel, SHELL GAME - : Paretsky is brilliant at juggling strands, but the 19th Warshawski novel is also a panoramic vision of Chicago at a time when the city is so polarised that decent people don't know who to trust - The Sunday Times This is a strong brew - Guardian Subtle and effective [...] the reader is left with a brilliant portrait of today's America - The Times Exciting, enraging and ultimately reassuring, Shell Game is a great addition to a tremendous series - Literary Review

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