Dead Land

Dead Land Review

Chicago’s legendary detective, V.I. Warshawski, knows her city’s rotten underbelly better than most, but she’s unable to avoid it when her goddaughter drags her into a fight over lakefront land use, in this propulsive novel from New York Times bestseller Sara Paretsky.

Chicago may be the city of broad shoulders, but its political law is “Pay to Play.” Money changes hands in the middle of the night, and by morning, buildings and parks are replaced by billion-dollar projects.

Chicago PI V.I. Warshawski gets pulled into one of these clandestine deals through her impetuous goddaughter, Bernie Fouchard. Bernie tries to rescue Lydia Zamir, a famed singer-songwriter now living on the streets; Zamir’s life fell apart when her lover was murdered next to her in a mass shooting at an outdoor concert. Not only does Bernie plunge her and V.I. headlong into the path of some ruthless developers, they lead to the murder of the young man Bernie is dating. He’s a computer geek working for a community group called SLICK.

V.I. is desperate to find a mysterious man named Coop, who roams the lakefront in the middle of the night with his dog. She’s sure he holds the key to the mounting body count within SLICK. Coop may even know why an international law firm is representing the mass murderer responsible for Lydia’s lover’s death. Instead, the detective finds a terrifying conspiracy stretching from Chicago’s parks to a cover-up of the dark chapters in America’s meddling in South American politics. Before she finds answers, this electrifying novel pushes V.I. close to the breaking point: People who pay to play take no prisoners.

Title:Dead Land
Edition Language:English

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    Dead Land Reviews

  • Paromjit

    I have followed Sara Paretsky's feminist icon, Chicago PI VI Warshawski, from the very first, a series that has charted the state of the US through the years, the racism, the sexism, the power grabs, ...

  • James

    Dead Land is the 20th book in the V.I. Warshawski series written by Sara Paretsky. I began read these books nearly twenty years ago, enjoying the balance between mystery, thriller, suspense, and hard-...

  • Phrynne

    Book number 20 and Vic is back in her role of superhero, falling down cliffs, surviving being shot at, able to go days with hardly any food or sleep whilst discovering corrupt politicians and internat...

  • PamG

    DEAD LAND by Sara Paretsky is the twentieth book in the V.I. Warshawski private detective series and the ninth book that I have read by this author. This book is set in Chicago and in Kansas. V.I. War...

  • Jean

    I have read a number of the V. I. Warshawski series over the years. This is book number 20 of the series.The book is well written. Paretsky has a number of ongoing issues in the story such as corrupt ...

  • Brina

    In my summer of escapist fiction and baseball history reading, I have tried to avoid books that hit too close to home. Then there is V.I. Warshawski. My parents, or maybe it was my grandparents, intro...

  • Sue

    In Dead Land, Sara Paretsky presents V. I. Warshawski with one of her most complex and dangerous cases. Her goddaughter Bernie, a skater on the women’s hockey team at the University of Chicago, has ...

  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    A book with it all Crime, mystery, thriller. You are in for a treat with this one. I will say I read it as a stand alone. I have not read the first 19 books. I was not lost, I was not missing anything...

  • Fiona

    It’s been a break of a few years since I followed a V.I. investigation. Thanks to my Goodreads friend, Sue, for reminding me how enjoyable this series is. Although the storyline is far-fetched at ti...

  • Cathy

    3.5 stars. Enjoyable ride but in many ways each book follows the same pattern. And how many times can VI sustain a head injury and be almost killed. It stretches credibility. ...