Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 21 April 2011.
The brilliant new V.I. Warshawski novel from a crime author who writes with unbeatable pace and a passion for justice.
'Doctors take days off - why not PIs?' V.I. Warshawski demands. But when the hardest-working of private eyes goes out one night, a stranger is shot and dies in her arms. V.I. has been visiting Club Gouge, Chicago's edgiest night spot, where a woman known as the Body Artist turns her naked body into a canvas for the audience to paint on. The show attracts all kinds of people, from a menacing off-duty cop to Ukrainian mobsters and Iraq war veterans - and V.I.'s impetuous cousin, Petra. A tormented young painter shows up too, and the intricate designs she creates on the Body Artist drive one of the soldiers into a violent rage. When the painter is shot, the police think it's a clear-cut case: a shell-shocked war veteran goes off the rails. But the soldier's family hires V.I. to clear his name, and the detective uncovers a chain of ugly truths that stretches all the way from Iraq to Chicago's South Side.
'With the creation of V.I. Warshawski, Sara Paretsky did more than anyone to change the face of contemporary women's fiction.'
Express on Sunday
'Sara Paretsky is on top form ... HARDBALL is a haunting novel, skilfully combining power politics and intensely personal events'
Joan Smith, Sunday Times
'Within a racial melting pot, Paretsky hits her own personal best; HARDBALL takes the thinking woman's detective to a new level of excellence'
Financial Times Weekend
'Paretsky has evoked - and celebrated - the multiplicity of Chicago's neighbourhoods, its old and new immigrants and its tragic history of race relations; and these years of America's financial and political decadence seem to have rekindled her passion for social justice.'
Times Literary Supplement on HARDBALL
'HARDBALL is a big, chewy, old-fashioned yarn about a P.I. looking into a sprawling, decade-spanning web of police corruption. But when it's this entertaining, there's nothing wrong with that at all'
Publication date: 17/03/2011
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
|Publication date:||17th March 2011|
|Publisher:||Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery,|
Sara Paretsky was brought up in rural Kansas. After a variety of jobs ranging from dishwashing to marketing she now writes full time. She is a founder and past President of Sisters in Crime, an advocacy group for women in the thriller field. She lives in Chicago with a University of Chicago physicist and their golden retriever. Photograph © Steven E. Gross Maxim Jakubowski's view on V.I. WARSHAWSKI... Launched in 1982 by Sara Paretsky in INDEMNITY ONLY, Vic Warshawski is the toughest gal on the Chicago block, a female private eye who could outfight Philip Marlowe and his kind, ...More About Sara Paretsky