- Series: V. I. Warshawski (Book 9)
- Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Dell (September 12, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440224705
- ISBN-13: 978-0440224709
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.6 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 90 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,072,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Paretsky's books are beautifully paced and plotted, and the dialogue is fresh and smart."
"Paretsky is still the best...she doesn't pull punches."
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"Sara Paretsky has hit the big time...she gets better and better!"
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Among the first, and perhaps the most compelling, female private investigators of contemporary fiction, Sara Paretsky's incomparable character V. I. Warshawski at last returns to the page in her first full-length appearance since 1994's Tunnel Vision. Hard Time is the work of a master--a riveting novel of suspense that is indisputably Paretsky's best V.I. Warshawski novel yet. Multimedia conglomerate Global Entertainment has purchased the Chicago Herald-Star, forcing the paper's staff to scramble to stay employed. Reporter Murray Ryerson, V.I.'s longtime friend and sometime rival, manages to reinvent himself as the host of a television show on Global's network.
On her way home from a party celebrating Murray's debut, V.I. almost runs over a woman lying in the street. Stopping to help, V.I. soon learns that her Good Samaritan act will drop her squarely in a boiling intrigue. In a case that forces her to go head-to-head with one of the world's largest providers of private security and prison services, a case that exposes dark hidden truths behind the razzle-dazzle of the entertainment industry, V.I. will be ahead of the game if she gets out alive.
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V.I. is as hardboiled as ever in Hard Time. In fact, this book is probably Sara Paretsky's best V.I. Warshawski novel since Killing Orders. Fast-paced and filled with the type of tough-talking dialogue only hard-boiled detectives use, this book practically read itself in a few short nerve-wracked nights. Warning for the easily offended, Ms. Peretsky is not shy about working her political beliefs into her novels. While this book is certainly not as likely to enrage folks as some of her others are, there are portions of this novel that may leave conservatives shaking their heads. For me, V.I. is my guilty pleasure and this book is among her most pleasing.
Some have complained about her liberal views coming through the book - they are part of the character - I for one am glad to read something other than cookie cutter detective stories
One thing: I started reading this series years ago. V.I. ages, but Golden Retreiver Peppy must be about 20 years old by now. Similarly, Old Lottie and Mr. Contreras must be about 100.
Nontheless, for fans of Sara Paretsky, her books are too few, and too far between. This is one of her best.