My rating: 4 of 5 stars. Number 9 was a definite hit in the VI Warshawski thriller and mystery series by Paretsky Sara. Hard Time starts off with a bang… VI almost hits someone while driving, then realizes it’s a dead body in the road. And although she does the right thing, because of her past issues with some of the police in the department, despite her father having been close with them, they determine she was the culprit in the hit and run. And VI ends up in prison — that’s the hard time.
Now that she’s hit a new decade, VI’s finally realizes she needs to act a little closer to her own age, but this prison stint is something she can’t quite avoid at first. And when she realizes there are a few cover-ups, she stays in prison to try to figure out what’s going… hopefully her attitude won’t get her beaten up too many times. Paretsky hits her stride in this installment, bringing home strong language, intricate prison details and a really strong attachment for readers to wanting VI to solve this crime. Plus the scenes are on point, full of thrills and interesting red herrings. I’d choose this one potentially as a starter if the first two don’t appeal to you, but I always recommend reading in order if you plan to commit to the whole series — or even think you might. Enjoy!
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