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The complex plot and interlinked characters won’t disappoint series fans.

Love & Other Crimes

Fans of witty characters, complicated plots, stories with somber endings, and, of course, V.I Warshawski will enjoy this book.

Dead Land

This enjoyable romp through political corruption and social injustice in Chicago will please fans of the V.I. Warshawski detective series and readers who enjoy tough women.

Shell Game

Highly recommended for fans of Warshawski and for book clubs seeking fast-paced reads with excellent current-events hooks. There's plenty here to consider. [See Prepub Alert, 4/19/18.]

Fallout: A V.I. Warshawski Novel

Paretsky's novels are never dull, but this one, marking the author's debut with a new publisher, is particularly involved and multifaceted. Mystery/detective/crime novel fans will relish this satisfyingly hefty tale. [See Prepub Alert, 10/17/16.]

Brush Back

Paretsky's novels are never boring, but this one is particularly well executed, combining family and city history with local political intrigue and a jaunt into the tunnels under Wrigley Field. The author's many fans won't be let down, while readers new to the series will be able to follow the story line without difficulty. [See Prepub Alert, 2/23/15.]

Critical Mass

Recommend to listeners of works by Nevada Barr, Sue Grafton, and Lene Kaaberbøl and .

Critical Mass: A V.I. Warshawski Novel

Paretsky's crime novel turns quickly from a simple missing-persons case into one involving national security, intellectual-property patent law, corrupt local officials, drug lords, and wartime family secrets. It is as much a breathless mystery as a historical delving into science and wartime academic politics. An intellectual mystery that will please the author's many fans. [See Prepub Alert, 4/29/13.]


The 14th V.I. Warshawski title (after Body Work) is nothing less than riveting, which is what Paretsky fans expect. Lots of topical moments and references to the current sociopolitical atmosphere keep this book charged and moving. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 7/5/11.]

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