Review: Hardball

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Hardball Book Review
4 of 5 stars to Hardball, the 13th book in the mystery thriller series by author Sara Paretsky, written in 2009. At 450 pages, it’s one of the longest, if not the longest, books in the “VI Warshawski” Chicago-based series about a female private investigator in the 1980s and 1990s. In this book, family is abundant. VI’s late father pops up in her investigation, potentially revealing he had some dirty dealings. It seems too hard to be true, but sometimes people are pushed to the limits. Nonetheless, it propels VI to try to prove his innocence. Ultimately, the book is about a missing person’s case, over 40 years old. VI tackles issues between races, trying to weed past the bull in order to solve the crime. But more people end up dying, the deeper she gets into the investigation, including a nun. VI’s cousin is in town on a politicking venture… but she may be in more danger than she knows. This is one of the stronger Paretsky books, as it covers a multitude or close to home issues for her, and she’s out to prove and protect her family.

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5 thoughts on “Review: Hardball

    E. Michael Helms, writer said:
    May 17, 2017 at 10:03 AM

    Haven’t read this one yet, but sounds like a winner. Good review!

    Liked by 1 person

    susandyer1962 said:
    May 17, 2017 at 2:04 PM

    Highly, you are killing me today with all of these series I want to read!! I need to stay off of Net galley! I just browsed through two Buzz Books and requested a ton!! I have no control……..(sigh)

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 17, 2017 at 2:13 PM

      Oh, the problems we face! I’ve got another 150 reviews I still need to write before I’m all caught up. But by the end of June, I’ll be done and it will only be maybe 1 review every other day. Sorry!!!!

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    susandyer1962 said:
    May 17, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    Okay not highly but ugghhh……stupid auto correct!!

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