Sara Paretsky Fallout
I do read most genres but of late especially thriller/detective stories. As to authors it's particularly English ones like Conan Doyle and P. D. James and most recently Steve N. Lee. For American authors the list would be very long but for me at the top you would find Minnesota guys, especially Jack Sanford and William Kent Krueger.
Recently browsing for bargains in our local Goodwill store I ran across best-selling author Sara Paretsky whom I had never heard of before bought her A. V. Warshawsky novel. Fallout What an eye-opener it was.
I dislike novels that introduce an avalanche of characters in the first chapter. Then when you start reading chapter 4 you have to go back to chapter 1 to figure out who is who. Sure enough that's what I found in the first couple of chapters Annoying! I continued on however the being of stubborn German ancestry. :-) Not knowing nor remembering who did what and why chapter after chapter I was quite confused. However as feisty in your face Chicago detective Ms.V. I. Warshawsky stirred up the natives of Lawrence Kansas I was learning to identify some of the characters and actually becoming hooked. On top of all that being a retired history teacher myself it was evident to me that the author knew that subject very well. It seemed as the plot began circle around people possibly dying, or murdered by viruses much reference was made to the Spanish flu which killed many in the pandemic during and after World War I. Keep in mind this book was published three years ago before our present pandemic catastrophe. It was all too familiar at this point and I was hooked. My conclusion and recommendation simple. Warshawsky private detective is a woman the author Paretsky is a feminist. And so for that matter am I. If you’re not bothered by too many characters read it . If you are bothered read it anyway. It’s really good because the author is really smart. A steadily deepening historical nightmare that ends up implicating pretty much everyone in sight in a multilayered coverup. Whodunit purists may be frustrated at the absence of a single villain to blame, I read this book a few weeks ago .Paretsky set a complex who dun it in the middle of multiple disasters. Based on the characterization of the books protagonist I will conclude the author like me is a feminist' The multilayered disaster of deaths surounded by the spanish flue pandemic was adroitly resolved in Fallout . I hope to do the same by voting in 4 days next Tuesday along with millions of other Americans.
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