Shell Game (V.I. Warshawski, #19)
Sara Paretsky follows her instant New York Times bestseller Fallout—her most widely read novel in years—with an extraordinary adventure that pits her acclaimed detective, V.I. Warshawski, against some of today’s most powerful figures.Legendary sleuth V.I. Warshawski returns to the Windy City to save an old friend’s nephew from a murder arrest. The case involves a stolen artifact that could implicate a shadowy network of international criminals. As V.I. investigates, the detective soon finds herself tangling with the Russian mob, ISIS backers, and a shady network of stock scams and stolen art that stretches from Chicago to the East Indies and the Middle East. In Shell Game, nothing and no one are what they seem, except for the detective herself, who loses sleep, money, and blood, but remains indomitable in her quest for justice.

Shell Game (V.I. Warshawski, #19) Details

TitleShell Game (V.I. Warshawski, #19)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 16th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Shell Game (V.I. Warshawski, #19) Review

  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    I was utterly thrilled to be reading the latest in Sara Paretsky's iconic V.I. Warshawski series set in a Chicago that, by now, I feel I know rather well. Paretsky writes more than crime fiction, she captures the current social and political waters of the US, as can be seen here where the horror of the repercussions of the Trump presidency is laid bare with its impact on the poor, the migrants and refugees, living in fear, and the draconian and hostile environment they face on a daily basis. Thi I was utterly thrilled to be reading the latest in Sara Paretsky's iconic V.I. Warshawski series set in a Chicago that, by now, I feel I know rather well. Paretsky writes more than crime fiction, she captures the current social and political waters of the US, as can be seen here where the horror of the repercussions of the Trump presidency is laid bare with its impact on the poor, the migrants and refugees, living in fear, and the draconian and hostile environment they face on a daily basis. This is in stark contrast to the world of the hyperwealthy, and their inherent perception that the law does not apply to them and the unabashed, shameful corporate debauchery that takes place, powerful men preying on young and vulnerable women, mirroring the contemporary#MeToo era. The indomitable Vic has come to the aid of Felix Herschel, grandson of Lotty's brother, Hugo. In the forests of Cap Sauers Holding, the beaten to death body of a man is found stuffed into a tree. The man has a torn scrap of paper with Felix's name and phone number on his person, and the local sheriff is hellbent on arresting and charging Felix with murder on this basis.Vic's niece, Harmony Seale has arrived in Chicago looking for her sister, Reno, who has disappeared. The good looking Reno had obtained work for a payday loan company charging astronomical interest rates of the struggling poor, doing well, she was invited to a corporate shindig in the Caribbean which turned out to be a nightmare. Harmony and Reno had a troubled upbringing with their drug addict mother, Peggy, and placed with foster parents that were the making of them, but they both remain emotionally fragile and vulnerable. The overworked and exhausted Vic finds leads which reveal stolen artefacts from war torn Syria, connections to the Oriental Institute and a cleaning company, Force 5, employing migrant labour. Felix is being distinctly unhelpful and Vic's ex-husband, the ambitious Dick, shows just how few scruples he has and just how much of a nasty piece of work he is. Homeland Security and ICE agents are muscling in on other people's turf with no compunction. In the face of being assaulted, shot at, the menacing presence of the Russian Mob and with her clients in desperate danger, Vic finds surprising links with Reno's disappearance with that of the murder in the woods of Cap Sauer.A host of characters reappear that will be familiar to fans of series, such as the over protective elderly Mr Contreras, the wintry yet helpful client Darraugh Graham, reporter Murray Ryerson, computer genius Niko Cruickshank, not to mention the heroic dogs, Peppy and Mitch. Paretsky's Vic is a phenomenon, fighting tirelessly for justice in a world where the odds are stacked against her, in a political climate that has become increasingly surreal and unbearably dangerous to those at the bottom of the ladder, powerless and living precarious lives. We are given a picture of the US with its recent history of ill advised foreign ventures and their impact. Always a joy to reacquaint myself with the force of nature that is Vic and know that she continues to survive, holding on to her principles and values, loyal to those close to her, even when they not always appreciative of her help. Love this series with a passion, and this marvellous addition comes highly recommended. Many thanks to Hodder and Stoughton for an ARC.
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars.Sara Paretsky has long been one of my “must read” authors and “Shell Game” is a fine follow up to her previous novel, the brilliant “Fallout.” All of the books in this nineteen book series are well worth reading. They don’t have to be read in order, but I would encourage readers to do so, beginning with book #1 “Indemnity Only.”
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  • Linda Strong
    January 1, 1970
    V. I. Warshawski is back for her 19th adventure. A Private Investigator with a license to practice law, she's been asked by her best friend and mentor to help keep her nephew out of jail. A man found murdered had the nephew's name and address on his person. But Felix swears he has never seen the man, and the police don' quite believe his story.While trying to help Felix, and knowing that he's keeping something secret, V.I. also gets involved in a missing person case .. a young woman who just hap V. I. Warshawski is back for her 19th adventure. A Private Investigator with a license to practice law, she's been asked by her best friend and mentor to help keep her nephew out of jail. A man found murdered had the nephew's name and address on his person. But Felix swears he has never seen the man, and the police don' quite believe his story.While trying to help Felix, and knowing that he's keeping something secret, V.I. also gets involved in a missing person case .. a young woman who just happens to be her ex-husband's niece.As V. I. gets entangled in these cases, she has to deal with possible terrorist groups, the Russian mob, stock scams and stolen works of art.It seems like everyone is keeping secrets .. some of which could be the end of V.I..This is easily read as a stand alone. There's lots of suspense, plenty of suspects to keep the reader engaged, and a volatile ending.Many thanks to the author / HarperCollins - William Morrow / Edelweiss for the advanced digital copy of this crime fiction. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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  • Roman Clodia
    January 1, 1970
    "It is true that many worries remain, but they are easier to bear when a stranger steps forward out of nowhere and becomes a friend."Oh Vic, how we need you in today's world! With her usual tough-girl-with-a-big-heart way, Vic negotiates two cases involving a missing young woman, and a trade in looted Syrian artefacts. All the standard characters of Lottie, Mr Carreras and the dogs are present and correct, and Vic never lets up till she reaches the end. With a courageous, wholly admirable yet ne "It is true that many worries remain, but they are easier to bear when a stranger steps forward out of nowhere and becomes a friend."Oh Vic, how we need you in today's world! With her usual tough-girl-with-a-big-heart way, Vic negotiates two cases involving a missing young woman, and a trade in looted Syrian artefacts. All the standard characters of Lottie, Mr Carreras and the dogs are present and correct, and Vic never lets up till she reaches the end. With a courageous, wholly admirable yet never clichéd central character and a fluent just-one-more-chapter style, this is a winner.
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  • Elaine Tomasso
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Hodder and Stoughton for an advance copy of Shell Game, the nineteenth novel to feature Chicago based PI V.I. Warshawski.Vic's friend, Lottie Herschel, asks her to accompany her great nephew, Felix, to identify a dead body whom the police are certain he will know. Felix doesn't recognise the body but is so secretive the police line him up as the prime suspect. Preoccupied as she is with Felix and his problems she can't help but say yes when Harmony, her niece I would like to thank Netgalley and Hodder and Stoughton for an advance copy of Shell Game, the nineteenth novel to feature Chicago based PI V.I. Warshawski.Vic's friend, Lottie Herschel, asks her to accompany her great nephew, Felix, to identify a dead body whom the police are certain he will know. Felix doesn't recognise the body but is so secretive the police line him up as the prime suspect. Preoccupied as she is with Felix and his problems she can't help but say yes when Harmony, her niece by marriage asks for help in finding her sister, Reno, who has disappeared. Both cases eventually end up intertwined.I thoroughly enjoyed Shell Game. It is a while since I spent time with Vic (after so many novels she's like a friend and that's what friends call her) but she seems undimmed. With a straightforward first person narrative it is easy to get to know her as she is free with her thoughts, deductions and emotions. She's not always likeable, being self righteous at times and very sure of herself, but she's honest, principled and unafraid to put herself in danger if the cause is just. Would that we could all measure up to her standards. Nevertheless she is a hero for our times.The plot is excellent and I couldn't read fast enough to see what was coming next. It is quite complicated in parts and I freely admit that some of the financial fraud detail went right over my head, but the gist is clear and while it's shocking to see it laid bare it's actually unsurprising as it seems a way of life in some circles. Ms Paretsky is never one to shy away from current social problems so immigration, financial fraud, payday loans and artefact smuggling all get a reference. Again, her bald delivery makes it shocking but unsurprising reading. While these issues are at the root of the novel they are not the be all and end all as there is a great story in there as well. There is action, danger, thrills, betrayal, lies and tension as Vic navigates her way towards the truth. Shell Game is a great read which I have no hesitation in recommending.
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  • Maxine
    January 1, 1970
    V. I Warshawski gets a phone call from Felix, the nephew of her long-time friend, Lotty. He had been called in to identify a murder victim and is now the main suspect. Felix is a Canadian studying engineering in the US and his girlfriend is from the Middle East and both of them are on an ICE watch list. And it all seems to be linked to the theft of an important ancient and invaluable Sumerian artifact. After checking out the murder scene, Vic returns home to find her own niece, Harmony, waiting V. I Warshawski gets a phone call from Felix, the nephew of her long-time friend, Lotty. He had been called in to identify a murder victim and is now the main suspect. Felix is a Canadian studying engineering in the US and his girlfriend is from the Middle East and both of them are on an ICE watch list. And it all seems to be linked to the theft of an important ancient and invaluable Sumerian artifact. After checking out the murder scene, Vic returns home to find her own niece, Harmony, waiting for her. Her sister, Reno, has disappeared and she asks Vic to find her. The sisters had had a very troubled past but Reno had been trying to turn her life around and had got a job at a money-lending corporation thanks to Vic's ex. Although the two incidents seem to have nothing in common, the more she investigates, the more Vic begins to suspect they are somehow linked and the more danger she finds herself and Harmony in. Sara Paretsky is one of the true masters of the intelligent thriller and her latest, Shell Game, is no exception to this. Like many of her other books, underneath the murders and the disappearances is a financial scam and, at times, this slowed the story down as Warshawski explains eg. the risk and often downright fraud of 'pink' or penny stocks. The story revolves less around action until near the end and more about following the money trail. That Paretsky manages to keep the reader's attention without constant shoot 'em ups says much about her writing ability - she appeals to the reader's intelligence more than their emotions and provides a cracking good story while doing it. Thanks to Edelweiss+ and William Morrow Publishers for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review
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  • Sid Nuncius
    January 1, 1970
    I thought Shell Game was very good. I enjoyed Sara Paretsky’s early books but I haven’t read one for many years. I’m pleased to say that she’s still as good as ever.Here, Vic is drawn into two apparently separate investigations involving friends and family as a young great-nephew of a close friend is suspected of murder while a niece (sort of – it’s complicated) comes to her because her sister has vanished. A complex plot develops involving stolen Middle Eastern artefacts, corporate malfeasance, I thought Shell Game was very good. I enjoyed Sara Paretsky’s early books but I haven’t read one for many years. I’m pleased to say that she’s still as good as ever.Here, Vic is drawn into two apparently separate investigations involving friends and family as a young great-nephew of a close friend is suspected of murder while a niece (sort of – it’s complicated) comes to her because her sister has vanished. A complex plot develops involving stolen Middle Eastern artefacts, corporate malfeasance, Russian mobsters, Vic getting knocked about...well, it’s classic Paretsky. There is a monumental coincidence at its heart, but it hangs together well and makes an exciting and involving read.Paretsky uses her very well-drawn characters to cast light on the present-day USA, with a convincing picture of the increasing, mindless conflation of “muslim” and even “immigrant” with “terroroist,” and some sharp stabs at the current political situation in general. Some are a little crude, but for the most part she gives an intelligent critique and creates a very convincing atmosphere. Shell Game shows that Sara Paretsky deserves her place in the pantheon of great contemporary crime writers and that she is writing as well as ever. I enjoyed it very much and I can recommend it warmly.(My thanks to Hodder & Stoughton for an ARC via NetGalley.)
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  • Susanne Gulde
    January 1, 1970
    I received this digital review copy from the publisher through Edelweiss.Sara Paretsky never lets me down. I entered the world of V.I. Warshawski and enjoyed every minute of it.Ms. Paretsky manages to include current global and US political/cultural events without detracting from her ongoing characters and writing style. I don't think these events will be dated or seem out of place for readers in the future. We learn a lot more about V.I.'s past personal life and there's an interesting character I received this digital review copy from the publisher through Edelweiss.Sara Paretsky never lets me down. I entered the world of V.I. Warshawski and enjoyed every minute of it.Ms. Paretsky manages to include current global and US political/cultural events without detracting from her ongoing characters and writing style. I don't think these events will be dated or seem out of place for readers in the future. We learn a lot more about V.I.'s past personal life and there's an interesting character introduced, who I hope we will see in future V.I. books.
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  • Shirley Schwartz
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank the publishers HarperCollins for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book. This is one of the best VI Warshawski novels that I've read, and believe me, I've read them all! I am a huge fan of Sara Parettsky. She has received both the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America, and the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award from the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain. She is one of only four authors to receive both of these prestigious awards, and Shel I would like to thank the publishers HarperCollins for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book. This is one of the best VI Warshawski novels that I've read, and believe me, I've read them all! I am a huge fan of Sara Parettsky. She has received both the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America, and the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award from the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain. She is one of only four authors to receive both of these prestigious awards, and Shell Game is an affirmation of her considerable authorial talents. This book is cover to cover full of suspense. Vic is pulled in all directions while she is trying to work on what appears to be two separate cases. Her friend and mentor Lottie Herschel has asked her to help her great-nephew who is suspected of murdering a Syrian immigrant and, from her past life, her niece (who is the daughter of her ex's sister) asks for her help to locate her missing sister Reno. At great risk to herself, Vic takes on both challenges, and finds herself in danger over and over again. As she continues her investigation, she realizes that the two cases appear to be linked, and there are ties to numerous very dangerous people and organizations. Vic's investigation takes her all the way to Minnesota and Canada as she tries to save the people she's been hired to protect, and it pits her against a powerful crime boss in Chicago, and his very considerable resources. This book's pace is unrelenting, and Vic's life is in danger many times during the course of the narrative. Read this book when it is released. It will have you on the edge of your seat.
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  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    January 1, 1970
    Shell Game by Sara Paretsky is a highly recommended 19th installment of the continuing crimes series featuring Chicago private investigator V. I. Warshawski.This time V.I. is trying to solve two complicated mysteries. The first one is the corpse that turned up in Cap Sauer's Holding. The police are looking at Lotty's nephew, Felix, as the prime suspect and Lotty wants V.I. to protect Felix, hopefully by finding clues to the real killer. The second mystery involves Harmony Seale looking for her m Shell Game by Sara Paretsky is a highly recommended 19th installment of the continuing crimes series featuring Chicago private investigator V. I. Warshawski.This time V.I. is trying to solve two complicated mysteries. The first one is the corpse that turned up in Cap Sauer's Holding. The police are looking at Lotty's nephew, Felix, as the prime suspect and Lotty wants V.I. to protect Felix, hopefully by finding clues to the real killer. The second mystery involves Harmony Seale looking for her missing sister, Reno. Harmony and Reno's late mother was the sister of V.I.'s ex-husband, attorney Richard Yarborough. Harmony has flown in from Portland because her sister has disappeared. She wants V.I. to help her find Reno, who would never take off without talking to Harmony.The investigations are involved and complicated, insuring V.I. gets little sleep and has to deal with multiple lines of inquiry as well as injuries. In the plot expect Slavic thugs attacking her (and her dog), Middle Eastern ties, immigration questions, predatory payday loans, stolen art, wealthy corporate abuse, financial fraud, ICE agents, ISIS backers, and stock scams - and those are not all of the problems V.I. encounters. These cases are going to challenge V.I. mentally and physically. The good news is that she is up to the task.Paretsky is an accomplished, seasoned crime writer who knows how to write an intriguing, complicated, and engrossing plot that will hold your attention and that is certainly the case with Shell Game. This is a page-turner that will have most readers saying, "Just one more chapter..." The pace is fast and furious as additional information is uncovered, leading to more questions and new lines of inquiry.Obviously, V.I. is a well-developed character, as are the other regulars that populate Warshawski's world. The new characters are also generally developed enough to give them depth and keep a measure of interest in their actions. Although this is the 19th novel featuring V.I., it can also be read as a stand-alone since relationships between people and pertinent backstories are explained. There are several hot-topic current social issues at play in the plot, so please take note if that is going to bother you.Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.http://www.shetreadssoftly.com/2018/1...
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  • Kelly Hager
    January 1, 1970
    As you know, Sara Paretsky is one of my most favorite authors. I've read everything she's written and I will continue to do so. It's almost a cliche to say that you'd even read her grocery list, but I actually would. (I would actually really like to read her to do list, because I imagine it's inspiring and perfect.)But the reason I started loving Sara Paretsky is her well-known detective, VI Warshawski. I've written before about how the two of them have shaped my politics so I won't repeat that As you know, Sara Paretsky is one of my most favorite authors. I've read everything she's written and I will continue to do so. It's almost a cliche to say that you'd even read her grocery list, but I actually would. (I would actually really like to read her to do list, because I imagine it's inspiring and perfect.)But the reason I started loving Sara Paretsky is her well-known detective, VI Warshawski. I've written before about how the two of them have shaped my politics so I won't repeat that here, but I will add that if Vic can survive 19 novels, we can survive the Trump presidency. (I can't even tell you the times that Vic has given me real life inspiration: if she can keep going somehow, so can I. And so can you.)This novel finds Vic facing her biggest challenge yet: two cases that are close to home. Lotty's nephew is a suspect in a murder and her former niece (related to her ex-husband Dick) are in some sort of trouble and is missing, possibly even dead. I love this series so much, and I'm happy that there are still new stories coming out. I hope there's at least one more. (I will never be ready for it to end.)Highly recommended.
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  • Brenda Freeman
    January 1, 1970
    I fell in love with V.I. the first time I read a mystery featuring her. Sara Paretsky has never let me down. This time one of Vic’s nieces is in trouble and she has to find her in time.
  • Gary Branson
    January 1, 1970
    Two disparate storylines that become one is bit too unreal in this lasted Warshawski mystery. Coincidences abound in this typical entry. Also, it seems the author had the liberal agenda next to her computer and ticked them as each was commented on throughout. I don’t mind politics in my reading, just not so obvious and heavy handed. And I don’t really disagree with any of the points made.
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  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve been a massive fan of Sara Paretsky and her wonderful female PI, VI Warshawski, ever since the books started to be published in the early 1980s which meant I was incredibly excited to receive a review copy of her new novel, Shell Game, from NetGalley.I wasn’t disappointed as this new episode in VI’s life is every bit as exciting and intriguing as her earlier adventures.She hasn’t changed much over the years! It has been 35 years since the first novel but Vic is still full of energy and seem I’ve been a massive fan of Sara Paretsky and her wonderful female PI, VI Warshawski, ever since the books started to be published in the early 1980s which meant I was incredibly excited to receive a review copy of her new novel, Shell Game, from NetGalley.I wasn’t disappointed as this new episode in VI’s life is every bit as exciting and intriguing as her earlier adventures.She hasn’t changed much over the years! It has been 35 years since the first novel but Vic is still full of energy and seems to get into one scrape after another. I’m not sure how old she is meant to be but I am quite happy to suspend belief. Surely she can’t be fighting off baddies and chasing around Chicago in her sixties!When this series was first published there were very few female detectives so she really was a trail blazer and it would be worth reading the earlier novels written in the 1980s if you haven’t come across her before.This novel is bang up to date with Ms Paretsky using the narrative to comment about the current situation in the US, in particular the way immigrants are treated by the current regime.Vic is tasked with helping her old friend Lottie’s nephew, Felix, who is implicated in a murder although he claims he had nothing to do with it.Meanwhile her ex husband’s niece Harmony appears looking for her sister Reno who has gone missing in Chicago.Vic has to juggle both these family jobs whilst trying to earn some money from her paying clients.She discovers all sorts of financial skulduggery as well as a plot involving looted Syrian artefacts.Characters from the earlier novels all make an appearance including her elderly neighbour, Mr Contreras, Murray, the reporter and of course Lottie, her doctor friend and confidant who must be in her 90s now and is still working as a doctor!,This is a very enjoyable book- it was great for me to catch up with all my favourite characters. Vic is as feisty as ever and makes for a wonderful lead protagonist. As the book is written in the first person the reader gets to hear all of her thoughts as soon as she has them.I found the financial irregularities Vic discovers slightly complicated but this didn’t really matter.A great read for me and now I’m looking for to VI’s next outing. I hope it won’t be too long to wait!
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  • Jo Dervan
    January 1, 1970
    Private Detective VIc Warshowski gets a call in the early morning from Felix Herschel, a friend’s grand nephew, to accompany him to a Chicago park. When they arrive, the police ask him to identify a badly beaten corpse. Felix does not know the man but Felix’s name and phone number were in the dead man’s pocket. So Felix is now a prime suspect in the man’s death.A few days later Harmony, Vic’s ex-husband’s niece, contacts Vic and tells her that Harmony’s sister Reno has disappeared. Harmony lives Private Detective VIc Warshowski gets a call in the early morning from Felix Herschel, a friend’s grand nephew, to accompany him to a Chicago park. When they arrive, the police ask him to identify a badly beaten corpse. Felix does not know the man but Felix’s name and phone number were in the dead man’s pocket. So Felix is now a prime suspect in the man’s death.A few days later Harmony, Vic’s ex-husband’s niece, contacts Vic and tells her that Harmony’s sister Reno has disappeared. Harmony lives in Portland but came to Chicago when she could not get in touch with Reno. Vic now is involved in trying to clear Felix of the murder of the man and also is trying to find Reno. Felix has been uncooperative when Vic tries to help. He is a Canadian student and has allied himself with the Dreamers (undocumented students) at his school. His aunt is very upset over the possibility that Felix’s student visa might be revoked. The dead man’s identity is called in anonymously and soon Vic learns that he was an archeology student in Syria before being dismissed from the program. She also discovers a large sum of money hidden in the dead man’s apartment. Meanwhile all Vic can find out about Reno is that she had been invited to a corporate retreat for her job on a Caribbean island and disappeared soon after returning. Attempts to get information from the employer are met with resistance but eventually a supervisor does cooperate. Soon Vic discovers that Reno’s disappearance and the beaten man’s death are connected. This is a well developed story that will keep the reader interested to the very end. Paretsky proves once again to be a master of the mystery genre.
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  • Anne Szlachcic
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series and was looking forward to this latest book ……………. and what a book - it is BRILLIANT from cover to cover .Vi Warshawski is asked by her mentor and friend Lottie Herschel to help her great-nephew who is suspected of murdering a Syrian immigrant …………… the police seem to be concentrating their efforts on only him and she fears for his safety .At the same time her ex husband's niece , Harmony ,who she hasn't seen for many years , arrives in Chicago to ask for help in location her I love this series and was looking forward to this latest book ……………. and what a book - it is BRILLIANT from cover to cover .Vi Warshawski is asked by her mentor and friend Lottie Herschel to help her great-nephew who is suspected of murdering a Syrian immigrant …………… the police seem to be concentrating their efforts on only him and she fears for his safety .At the same time her ex husband's niece , Harmony ,who she hasn't seen for many years , arrives in Chicago to ask for help in location her sister , Reno , who has gone missing . As Vic uses all her PI skills to find her niece she finds obstacles at every turn ……….. who is lying to her , who is covering up the truth ? The search is becoming more dangerous as both Vi and and Harmony are attacked …. by whom and why ?Amongst all this she is also trying to help Lottie's nephew keep one step ahead of being arrested by the police - although he is doing little to help himself - quite the contrary .It eventually becomes evident that the two cases are linked and there are ties to different dangerous organisations who will kill to keep their secrets . Her investigation takes her all the way to Minnesota and Canada as she tries to save the people she's been asked to find and protect, pitting her against a powerful crime boss from Chicago .The book is fast paced , unrelenting, and Vic's life is in danger many times before all is resolved .I loved this book and hope there is more to come from Vi' PI cases .I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    Shell Game by Sara Paretsky is an engrossing crime drama featuring two perplexing mysteries. This nineteenth installment in the V.I. Warshawski series can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend the entire series.V.I. Warshawski is called out in the middle of the night when her close friend Lottie Herschel's grandnephew Felix is ordered to a crime scene. The dead man has Felix's name on a scrap of paper in his pocket and Lt. McGivney is convinced Felix is involved in his death. Before V.I Shell Game by Sara Paretsky is an engrossing crime drama featuring two perplexing mysteries. This nineteenth installment in the V.I. Warshawski series can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend the entire series.V.I. Warshawski is called out in the middle of the night when her close friend Lottie Herschel's grandnephew Felix is ordered to a crime scene. The dead man has Felix's name on a scrap of paper in his pocket and Lt. McGivney is convinced Felix is involved in his death. Before V.I. can delve too deeply into the murder,  her smarmy ex-husband Richard Yarborough's niece Harmony Seale asks for her help in locating her missing sister, Reno. Reno works for Rest EZ, a payday lending company and she vanished following a business trip to the Caribbean. V.I. is very worried for her niece's safety after making an ominous discovery at the missing young woman's apartment. Before long, V.I. and Harmony are targeted by Russian thugs who will stop at nothing to find what they are looking for. Meanwhile, Felix is under intense scrutiny by Lt. McGivney who is chomping at the bit to arrest him for murder. Will V.I. uncover locate Reno and unmask the dead man's murderer before it is too late?After receiving an anonymous tip, Warshawski quickly learn the identity of the murdered man.  After she searches his apartment, she finds her first lead and crosses paths with the thugs who continue to bedevil her throughout her investigation. Her findings take her to a local university where she learns intriguing information about the victim's overseas activities and his interest in priceless antiquities. How all of this adds up to murder is unclear, but V.I. doggedly tracks down clues despite being stretched thin by two cases and demanding clients.V.I. is also still trying to find out what happened to Reno.  The employees at Rest EZ are less than forthcoming about what happened to Reno on the employee retreat and V.I. begins digging into the corporation's background. The business ownership is murky and V.I. is very curious about their connection to other shadowy corporations.With danger lurking around every corner, Shell Game is a thrilling mystery with a topical storyline. V.I.'s investigation is a bit slow at first but once the pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place, she gradually begins to suspect the two cases might be linked. With plenty of action, Sara Paretsky  brings this complex and intriguing mystery to a twisty-turny conclusion. Fans of the genre are sure to enjoy this newest addition to the V.I. Warshawski series.
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  • Bobbi
    January 1, 1970
    V.I. Warshawski is on the case! Well, cases. In one she's trying to clear the name of Felix, the nephew of a close friend - Felix is a suspect in the murder of a man who happens to have his contact information in his pocket, even though Felix denies knowing him. In another case she's contacted by her niece, Harmony, who has traveled from Portland to Chicago to ask for V.I.'s help in locating Harmony's sister, Reno, who has gone missing. Warshawski's investigations, naturally, take her into the p V.I. Warshawski is on the case! Well, cases. In one she's trying to clear the name of Felix, the nephew of a close friend - Felix is a suspect in the murder of a man who happens to have his contact information in his pocket, even though Felix denies knowing him. In another case she's contacted by her niece, Harmony, who has traveled from Portland to Chicago to ask for V.I.'s help in locating Harmony's sister, Reno, who has gone missing. Warshawski's investigations, naturally, take her into the path of some decidely nasty characters. Then there's her appropriately named ex-husband, Dick, and her guardian-angel-in-disguise neighbor, Mr. Contreras, with whom she shares her dogs and who patches her up when the bad guys hurt her. Oh, and there are stock scams and stolen antiquities . . . if this all sounds confusing to the nth degree, have no fear - Paretsky has everything under control and will sort it all out nicely by the end of the book!My thanks to the author and Harper Collins for the ARC. The book goes on sale on October 16, 2018.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    Fans of VI Warshawski know that along with a murder and a complex financial mystery, Paretsky always addresses a topical social issue- in this case, Syrian refugees. In this latest installment in the long running series- which can be read as a standalone- VI finds herself searching for her ex- husband's niece who has gone missing in Chicago and trying to exonerate her dear friend Lottie's nephew from a possible murder charge. The two stories don't seem linked at all- Rena works for a payday loan Fans of VI Warshawski know that along with a murder and a complex financial mystery, Paretsky always addresses a topical social issue- in this case, Syrian refugees. In this latest installment in the long running series- which can be read as a standalone- VI finds herself searching for her ex- husband's niece who has gone missing in Chicago and trying to exonerate her dear friend Lottie's nephew from a possible murder charge. The two stories don't seem linked at all- Rena works for a payday loan organization and Felix is involved with a group of engineers who are immigrants. One of the joys of these books is Felix, her elderly neighbor, and their dogs, Mitch and Peppy, who as always figure in. Nicely written and intricately plotted, this is a winner as always. Oh, and there's a love interest about whom I held my breath hoping, well,,,,,,no spoilers. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. Paretsky only gets better.
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  • SA
    January 1, 1970
    Debated between 3 and 4 star, finally opted for 3 star. Enjoyed the story over all. Interesting premise, very unusual, which is great for someone that reads as much as I do. Many interweaving stories, that the author does a great job bringing together. The author writes with reoccurring characters, but one does not have to read the previous books to understand the relationships, which is a definite bonus. Not sure if this is the final draft, as there were a few typos that I did find distracting. Debated between 3 and 4 star, finally opted for 3 star. Enjoyed the story over all. Interesting premise, very unusual, which is great for someone that reads as much as I do. Many interweaving stories, that the author does a great job bringing together. The author writes with reoccurring characters, but one does not have to read the previous books to understand the relationships, which is a definite bonus. Not sure if this is the final draft, as there were a few typos that I did find distracting. Also, the reason for the debate between 3 or 4 star, the frequent remarks, slyly referencing the author's political stance. Personally, it's something I don't appreciate, whatever my beliefs, and I don't want to be hit over the head with other's beliefs. It's underhanded and manipulative, and for that, I can't say I would read another of her books. Other than that, the story line itself, I did enjoy. I won this book, and under no obligation for a review. Thank you
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  • Pamela Briggs
    January 1, 1970
    Sara Paretsky's new V.I. Warshawski mystery novel SHELL GAME was published this week. From the first page, I have not wanted to put it down. I kept wishing I could take two days off from all daily tasks and read to the end. The story is riveting. REALLY RIVETING. And all the while we are trying to figure out (alongside the unstoppable V.I.) who the malevolent people are who have committed a series of crimes, we are also learning all kinds of fascinating stuff about finance, archaeology, immigrat Sara Paretsky's new V.I. Warshawski mystery novel SHELL GAME was published this week. From the first page, I have not wanted to put it down. I kept wishing I could take two days off from all daily tasks and read to the end. The story is riveting. REALLY RIVETING. And all the while we are trying to figure out (alongside the unstoppable V.I.) who the malevolent people are who have committed a series of crimes, we are also learning all kinds of fascinating stuff about finance, archaeology, immigration policy, engineering, poetry and justice, until... by the end, we turn the page and realize we have figured out so much more. SHELL GAMES is the best book I have read all year. I suggest you buy yourself a hardcover copy immediately. You will then have time to order copies for holiday gifts. I am buying 5 copies immediately to give to my favorite peeps.
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  • Lonna Pierce
    January 1, 1970
    Paretsky is at the top of her game with this topical Chicago-based detective story (V. I. Warshawski's 19th) involving ICE, Russian thugs, and a payday loan company investment ripoff of poor folks by wealthy 1% lawyers and amoral financiers. Victoria has two puzzling cases that involve Middle Eastern university students, stolen artifacts, sexual exploitation, and a gruesome murder. The 385 suspenseful pages seem ripped from the headlines and Vic's biting wit and sharp-tongued observations make t Paretsky is at the top of her game with this topical Chicago-based detective story (V. I. Warshawski's 19th) involving ICE, Russian thugs, and a payday loan company investment ripoff of poor folks by wealthy 1% lawyers and amoral financiers. Victoria has two puzzling cases that involve Middle Eastern university students, stolen artifacts, sexual exploitation, and a gruesome murder. The 385 suspenseful pages seem ripped from the headlines and Vic's biting wit and sharp-tongued observations make this a very satisfying read.
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  • Audrey
    January 1, 1970
    Sara Paretsky has done it again. Although this is part of a series, this can be read as a stand alone. I love how Paretsky can weave relevant current events and issues with a compelling mysteries and cases for PI VI Warshawski. In this book, Vic investigates two unrelated cases that involve her chosen family. Investigating cases isn’t glamorous and Vic throws herself into her work to solve the mystery. I received this arc from the publisher but all opinions are my own.
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  • Picky Virgo
    January 1, 1970
    V.I. has gradually become more likable, but she has no shortage of enemies. As usual (IMO), Ms. Paretsky weaves a web that is unnecessarily difficult to unravel by introducing too many plot lines, requiring the reader to occasionally suspend disbelief when Ms. Warshawski figures out an interim solution in her usual masterful fashion. I’ll continue to follow the series, but I don’t find myself impatiently awaiting my next dose of V.I.
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  • Lavonn
    January 1, 1970
    I have read all of Sara Paretsky's books and liked this one very much. Since I work for an independent bookseller, a copy was provided, no review required but suggested. V. I. Warshawski stands tall and true in this story, torn between several problems with missing people and threats. A taut and well written story...thanks Ms. Peretsky for another great read!
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  • Tania
    January 1, 1970
    Another enjoyable installment in the V.I. Warshawski detective series. This one had me sitting in my car in the garage listening to the audiobook because i didn't want to turn it off and go in the house. I also really enjoy that the books are so closely tied to Chicago - it is always fun to recognize the places that the author talks about in a story!
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  • Fleurtje Eliza
    January 1, 1970
    Shell Game by Sarah Paretsky was a real pageturner, however... all these things happening to her in a two-week period... it was all a bit much. Not to say, tiring to read the men that kept breaking into houses, jumping at people in the park. But like I said: a pageturner, one that I did enjoy reading!Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of the book.
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  • Cynthia Naval
    January 1, 1970
    Action-packed! V. I. pursues two mysteries that seem wildly different, yet end up being connected. I wasn’t surprised that her ex turned out to be such an ass throughout the book, but was sad that Harmony couldn’t seem to tell the good guys from the bad. The way justice was meted out to Kettie was wonderful.
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  • Sheldon
    January 1, 1970
    V.I. does it again. She has the fortitude of a never give up blood hound, once she gets the scent. Paretsky creates another most invigorating and enjoyable story, mixing more than one seeming mystery until everything resolves. Hmm, finding out how it resolves is what makes it so much fun.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    Good read just wondering how long Vic will be able to be a detective she getting too old to take all the beatings she endures. Also Lotty is quite elderly to still be doing surgery. Good mystery political in nature as all her books are.
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