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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 estates 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
V.I. Warshawski is back at it as she is asked to investigate some mysterious activity in a deserted mansion. Read morePublished on June 24 2004 by Karen Potts
I am a huge fan of this fun series. I enjoy this genre and think that anyone who likes getting lost in a good book will also like it. Give it a try.Published on June 7 2004 by Peg Dubeck
BLACKLIST is Parestsky's very fine homage to the late Ross Macdonald. VI Warshawski's investigation of a reporter's murder uncovers a cesspool of fifty-year-old family troubles:... Read morePublished on March 14 2004 by Peter D. Tillman
How satisfying it is to read a great Sara Paretsky novel that is not mired in politics, social injustice, mistreatment and all the other unsolvable ills of the world. Read morePublished on March 7 2004 by L. Blumenthal
Sara Paretsky is an excellent writer and this latest in the V.I. Warshawski series is a worthy contribution. Read morePublished on Feb. 29 2004 by David S. Rose
Sara and V.I. need to take a long break. This was a plodding, boring, confused attempt to write a "socially relevant" novel. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2004
I found it a great read. But be forewarned that this book expresses a strong sense of political outrage at the current political clime and your reading enjoyment will be strongly... Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2004 by Amazon Customer
If you want to read left-wing propoganda then this is the book for you. This series is in serious need of a transfusion, and this book doesn't offer it. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2004 by tedj1957
I used to enjoy the V.I. Warshawski novels, but no more. Blacklist has too many characters, none of which I really cared about. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2004 by "skeywms"