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New York, NY : William Morrow, [2018]
384 pages ; 24 cm.
"Sara Paretsky follows her instant New York Times bestseller Fallout--her most widely read novel in years--with an extraordinary adventure that pits her acclaimed detective, V.I. Warshawski, against some of today's most powerful figures. Legendary sleuth V.I. Warshawski returns to the Windy City to save an old friend's nephew from a murder arrest. The case involves a stolen artifact that could implicate a shadowy network of international criminals. As V.I. investigates, the detective soon finds herself tangling with the Russian mob, ISIS backers, and a shady network of stock scams and stolen art that stretches from Chicago to the East Indies and the Middle East. In Shell Game, nothing and no one are what they seem, except for the detective herself, who loses sleep, money, and blood, but remains indomitable in her quest for justice"-- Provided by publisher.
"Sara Paretsky follows her instant New York Times bestseller, Fallout - her most widely read novel in years - with an extraordinary adventure that pits her acclaimed detective, V.I. Warshawski, against some of today's most powerful figures"-- Provided by publisher.
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Author Sara Paretsky was born in Ames, Iowa on June 8, 1947. She received a degree in political science from the University of Kansas and ultimately completed a Ph.D. in history at the University of Chicago; her dissertation was entitled "The Breakdown of Moral Philosophy in New England Before the Civil War." She also earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. She married a professor of physics (University of Chicago). <p> The protagonist of all but two of Paretsky's novels is V.I. Warshawski, a female private investigator. V. I. Warshawsky shows a female detective succeeding a traditionally male role. <p> Paretsky has won numerous awards for her work including the Silver Dagger Award for Toxic Shock, the Gold Dagger award for Blacklist, and the Diamond Dagger for Lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers Association. <p> Her title Brush Back made the New York Times Best Seller List in 2015. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)
Fiction/Biography Profile
V. I. (Victoria) Warshawsk (Female), Private investigator, Polish American, Divorced, Tough, Works to save an old friend's nephew from a murder arrest
Murder investigations
Stolen artifacts
Russian mafia
Search for truth
Chicago, Illinois - Midwest (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

Fan favorite V.I. "Vic" Warshawski is back in her 20th adventure (after 2017's Fallout), toggling between intense cases involving her dear friend Lotty's grandnephew and her own niece by marriage. Felix Herschel is a prime suspect for the death of an unidentified man found in the woods. V.I., discovering Felix reticent, investigates Felix herself as ICE starts to play a larger role in the case. Meanwhile, one of V.I.'s two nieces has vanished, and the other is frantic to find her. To Vic's simultaneous delight and angst, her ex-husband seems at least tangentially involved in Reno's disappearance, since he'd pointed her in the direction of a job with a predatory loan company. As Vic digs deeper, danger edges closer to her and her niece Harmony. Clearing Felix, finding her niece Reno, and keeping everyone safe in the process might just be asking too much. As ever, Paretsky manages to keep V.I. topical and culturally relevant, delving into fears of immigrant communities and the heavy hand ICE plays, while examining abuses levied by wealthy corporations against the poor. VERDICT 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.]-Julie Kane, Washington & Lee Lib., Lexington, VA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Lotty Herschel, V.I. Warshawski's stand-in maternal figure, needs her friend's help in MWA Grand Master Paretsky's riveting 20th novel featuring the intrepid Chicago PI (after 2017's Fall Out). The police are trying to pin a murder on Lotty's Canadian-born engineering student nephew, Felix, who's involved with Engineers in a Free State, whose members include several Middle Eastern students. In the midst of trying to gently extract information out of the recalcitrant Felix, Warshawski's own past turns up on her door in the form of Harmony Seale, the niece of her sleazy lawyer ex-husband. Harmony wants Warshawski's help in finding her older sister, Reno, who moved to Chicago for work but has fallen off the grid. Warshawki reluctantly tries to track down the wayward Reno and finds herself in the middle of a corporate power struggle, where rich men take what they want and young women caught in the middle bear the brunt of power grabs and worse. Paretsky isn't one to tiptoe around injustice, and this entry proves once again that she's one of the sharpest crime writers on the scene today. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Agency. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  Booklist Review

*Starred Review* When the nephew of V. I. (Vic) Warshawski's friend Lotty Herschel is summoned to a crime scene to identify a body, Vic can't let Felix go alone. Felix's insistence that he has no idea why his contact information was found in the dead man's pocket does little to dampen the cops' suspicions, and he's not talking to Vic, either. Vic knows she'll have to find the connection herself to keep Felix out of jail, but her only lead is the flimsy link between the victim's archaeology work in Syria and Felix's Syrian friends in his Engineering in a Free State group. Then Vic's niece Harmony calls, desperate to find her sister, Reno, who disappeared shortly after reporting that she was sexually harassed and possibly assaulted at a corporate retreat. Vic is doing double duty until she discovers that the law firm of her ex-husband, Dick, has troubling connections to both cases, and his threat-filled stonewalling indicates something beyond post-divorce antagonism. An expertly woven tale of greed and impunity emerges as the two mysteries plunge V. I. into the surprisingly dangerous world of antiquities at the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute, as well as necessitating a tightrope walk through Chicago's ICE-targeted immigrant communities and a revelatory investigation into the predatory practice of payday lending. True to form, V. I.'s latest tangle with white-collar crime's violent underbelly will leave readers pondering the intersections of power, authority, and humanity. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Even after decades, Paretsky's landmark series remains as popular as ever, and the social consciousness behind the stories seems ever more in tune with contemporary events.--Christine Tran Copyright 2018 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

V.I. Warshawski (Fallout, 2017, etc.) goes to bat for a niece of her own and a grandnephew of her best friend.When an unidentified corpse turns up in the wilds of Cap Sauer's Holding, Lt. McGivney of the Cook County Sheriff's Office has to grasp at straws, and his most promising straw is a piece of paper in the dead man's pocket with Felix Herschel's phone number. Felix, whose grandfather was the brother of obstetrician Lotty Herschel, says he doesn't know what the man eventually identified as Elorenze Fausson was doing with his number. In the absence of any other suspects, however, McGivney remains interested, and Warshawski resolves to find evidence that exculpates him or incriminates someone else. Meantime, Harmony Seale, whose late mother was the sister of Warshawski's long-ago husband, attorney Richard Yarborough, has come in from Portland looking for her sister, Reno, and she wants Warshawski to help. The trail of Reno, who worked for bottom-feeding payday lender Rest EZ, leads back to a getaway weekend for high-rolling executives at which she was part of the entertainment, and the closer Warshawski looks at the clues, the more it looks as if her ex is in this mess up to his neck. It would be a relief to work on the murder of Elorenze Fausson if Warshawski didn't keep getting attacked by huge, implacable Slavic thugsand if the two cases didn't give uncomfortable signs of growing together in an intricately woven pattern that includes kidnapping, the theft of a priceless antiquity, an elaborate and painstakingly detailed insurance fraud, and some unlikely romance for Warshawski.It's pretty obvious early on who the criminal is, but that's true in most Sherlock Holmes stories, and the knowledge doesn't hurt any more here than there. The considerable pleasure comes from following the legendary heroine through an impenetrable maze of felonies knowing that you're in a master's hands. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
<p>A Boston Globe Best Book of 2018</p> <p>Acclaimed detective V. I. Warshawski tackles a pair of perplexing cases involving those closest to her in this compelling and timely adventure that centers on some of the most divisive and pressing issues of our time</p> <p>When V. I Warshawski gets word that her closest friend and mentor Lotty Herschel's nephew has become a suspect in a murder, the legendary detective will do everything she can to save him. The cops found Felix Herschel's name and phone number on the unknown victim's remains, but Felix insists he doesn't know why.</p> <p>As Vic digs deeper, she discovers that the dead man was obsessed with Middle Eastern archeology--the first clue in a bewildering case that leads to a stolen artifact and a shadowy network of international criminals. But the trouble multiplies when Vic's long lost niece, Reno, goes missing. A beautiful young woman with a heartbreaking past and a promising future, Reno is harboring a secret that may cost her her life. V.I. can hear the clock ticking on her niece's safety and is frantic in her efforts to find her.</p> <p>Vic won't leave any stone unturned until these very personal cases are cleared--a complex investigation that will entangle the Russian mob, ISIS backers, rogue ICE agents, a nefarious corporation preying on the poor, and a shady network of stock scams and stolen antiquities stretching from Chicago to the East Indies and the Middle East.</p> <p>In Shell Game, no one can be trusted and nothing is what it seems, except for the indomitable detective and her thirst for justice.</p>
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