2017 Book 83: WILDCAT by Sara Paretsky

Wildcat: V.I. Warshawski’s First Case (V.I. Warshawski #17.5) by Sara Paretsky 
ISBN: 9780062689504 (eBook)
ASIN: B01N5EKGTQ (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Witness Impulse 
Publication Date: March 7, 2017

Sara Paretsky, one of the most legendary crime writers of all time, presents an exclusive and thrilling short story featuring beloved investigator V.I. Warshawski as a ten-year-old girl on her first investigation.

V.I. Warshawski developed her strength and sense of justice at a very early age.  It’s 1966 and on the south side of Chicago racial tensions are at an all-time high. Dr. Martin Luther King is leading marches at Marquette Park and many in the neighborhood are very angry.

With nothing but a bicycle, eighty-two cents in her pocket, and her Brownie camera hanging from her wrist, Victoria sneaks off to Marquette Park alone to protect her father Tony, a police officer who is patrolling the crowds.

What begins as a small adventure and a quest to find her father and make sure he is safe turns into something far more dangerous.  As the day goes on and the conflict at the park reaches a fever pitch Victoria realizes she must use her courage and ingenuity if she wants to keep herself and her family members out of harm’s way.

If you’ve ever read any of the V.I. Warshawski books, you might think you’re very familiar with this character. But the V.I. Warshawski in Wildcat isn’t like the V.I. we all have come to know and love. First, this V.I. is known as Victoria. Second, she’s only ten years old. Victoria is experiencing societal injustice and the fight to overcome it for the first time with the civil rights marches in Chicago for equal access to housing. Victoria’s parents are very supportive of Dr. Martin Luther King and his crusade. Victoria’s aunt and uncle, not so much. Adding to the drama and confusion of the summer is the fact that even the local Catholic priest and his church member’s are against these desegregation efforts. Although Victoria is concerned about the ongoing battles against injustice in her city, she’s more concerned about what might be happening to her father, a local police officer. When Victoria hears something that indicates her father is in jeopardy, she does the only thing she can think of and heads off to warn him. Things don’t exactly go as planned, but we do witness where and when the spunk, smarts, and sass we’ve come to expect with V.I. originated. (No, I’m not going to tell you everything that happens. Read the book!) Wildcat is a short story and an incredibly fun and fast read. I’ve read a few of the V.I. Warshawski stories in the past and reading Wildcat has made this reader want to return to this series. If you’ve read any V.I. stories in the past or are a diehard V.I. fan, you’ll definitely want to read Wildcat. Seriously, go and grab your copy today!

Disclaimer: I received a free digital review copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss for review purposes. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Author Bio:

Sara Paretsky
Hailed by P.D. James as “the most remarkable” of modern crime writers, SARA PARETSKY is the New York Times-bestselling author of nineteen previous novels, including the renowned V.I. Warshawski series. She is one of only four living writers – alongside John Le Carré, Sue Grafton, and Lawrence Block – to have received both the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers’ Association of Great Britain. She lives in Chicago with her husband and their dog.

Before there was Lisbeth Salander, before there was Stephanie Plum, there was V.I. WARSHAWSKI. She took the mystery world by storm in 1982 with her first appearance in Indemnity Only. A gifted private eye with the grit and smarts to tackle the mean streets, V.I. transformed a genre in which women were typically either vamps or victims. As a “courageous, sexually liberated female investigator,” she “has a humility, a humanity, and a need for human relationships which the male hard-boilers lack” (P.D. James).

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