My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Death on the Edge is a short story written by Sara Paretsky in 2018, in between the normal novels of the VI Warshawski thriller/suspense/mystery series. In this story, a character from an early book makes an appearance to ask for VI’s help in dealing with a potential issue. A 16-year-old girl has written an essay about her feelings witnessing her uncle being shot in gang violence in a seedy Chicago neighborhood from ten years ago. When VI agrees, and meets with a few people at the school, she doesn’t learn what the issue is because the teacher who she was supposed to meet is found shot to death too.
Was it her department chairmen who wanted a ticket out of the school? The nice principal who might have claws? The reporter trying to cover something up? The 16-year-old student? Her family? Competition? We trace the details of the essay to two young cousins… uncertain which girl really wrote the content. The mother and grandmother appear to try to settle the issue, as well as our favorite policeman, Conrad Rawlins. VI’s got her work cut out for her, but she finds a way to get to the bottom of both who wrote the essay and who killed the teacher.
At under 50 pages, it’s an easy read. I like seeing these pop up every few years because we get a light look at VI’s regular cases where things aren’t so convoluted and complex. This one had plenty of drama, and it had a few angles to consider, but ultimately, it had wonderful balance. It was a little too short but intrigued me. Had I not already read ~20 books in the series, I would’ve picked up more as a new fan.
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