Dead Land

Dead Land

Large Print - 2020
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Chicago may be the city of broad shoulders, but its political law is "Pay to Play." Money changes hands in the middle of the night, and by morning, buildings and parks are replaced by billion-dollar projects. Chicago PI V.I. Warshawski gets pulled into one of these clandestine deals through her impetuous goddaughter, Bernie Fouchard. Bernie tries to rescue Lydia Zamir, a famed singer-songwriter now living on the streets; Zamir's life fell apart when her lover was murdered next to her in a mass shooting at an outdoor concert. Not only does Bernie plunge her and V.I. headlong into the path of some ruthless developers, they lead to the murder of the young man Bernie is dating. The detective finds a terrifying conspiracy stretching from Chicago's parks to a cover-up of the dark chapters in America's meddling in South American politics. Before she finds answers, this electrifying novel pushes V.I. close to the breaking point: People who pay to play take no prisoners.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper Large Print, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2020]
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780062978769
Branch Call Number: FIC Paret
Characteristics: 639 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
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Jun 01, 2020

She's an excellent writer when she's actually telling the story. However, this book seems to be more about politics than anything else. Just as I would get into the story, she'd throw in a long rant about an issue. And, there are many. I gave up after 70 pages.

I read non-fiction about the issues of our day. I read fiction for a good story, not political screeds and paragraphs and pages filled with somebody's opinions on every hot button topic. Even though I agree with many of her points, it was tiresome and irritating.

Paretsky seems more interested in being a political commentator than a story teller.

Apr 26, 2020

Warshawski comes through again and she lives to tell about it. Lordy, I sort of agree with her neighbor who wants her out of the condo. Washawski is a problem, and yet her death-defying detective work is always done to help someone who really needs it. I’m glad I don’t have to write a synopsis for this book. Its like an octopus with tentacles reaching out in different places yet connected to one central body. I enjoyed this 20th novel in the series, and hope that Warshawski continues to survive and go after some bad guys in another book.

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