Breakdown-Sara Paretsky

Breakdown

Sara Paretsky

Putnam, Jan 3 2012, $26.95

ISBN: 9780399157837

 

In Chicago private investigator V. I. Warshawski attends a glamorous gala for Wade Lawlor, the star of Global Entertainment Network’s top show Wade’s World, a right-wing network.  Her cousin Petra works for the Malina Foundation on a book club in which wealthy and penniless young girls meet.

 

A concerned Petra asks V. I. to search for the missing book club girls.  She locates them conducting a rite from a YA vampire thriller in nearby closed Mount Moriah Cemetery.  Besides the seven tweeners, V. I. also finds a corpse with a metal rod protruding from the victim’s heart.  Though she knows she should not, V. I. helps the girls leave the murder scene before CPD arrives.  V. I. begins her own inquiry into what proves a twisting case that makes Rubik’s Cube look like a kindergarten puzzle.

 

This is a great Warshawski suspenseful investigative thriller as the heroine works a confusing case but never shuts down her moral compass of helping the helpless.  The story line is fast-paced while keeping readers up late with what spin follows next.  Fans will enjoy kick butt Warshawski as she escorts fans on a vast tour of the diverse Chicago landscape.

 

Harriet Klausner

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