Paretsky's latest mystery is her 11th featuring detective V.I. "Vic" Warshawski. Set in Chicago, this series follows Warshawski's adventures as a solo female private investigator. In this new episode, Vic is hired to investigate suspicious activities at an unoccupied estate in a wealthy Chicago suburb. She discovers a dead body, and complications multiply. Events lead her to find out about cultural and social events in Chicago in the 1930's, which led to blacklisting in the 1950's. Vic's journalist boyfriend is in Afghanistan for the entire book, and she worries about him pretty constantly. She also helps out a young man threatened by the Patriot Act. All in all, a satisfyingly complex mystery with some interesting conclusions.
Warshawski is a real fan of libraries. When she visits a branch of the Chicago Public Library, she has some great comments: "It's a respectable destination. It's warm, you can be with other people. All reasons why the Web cannot take the place of your branch library." Of course, she gets great research help from the library's archivist, which is essential to the case.
Tiger link: CBS PS 3566 .A647 B55 2003