by Sara Paretsky
This is a fairly ripping yarn set in inner-city Chicago, much in the same vein as a Scott Turow blockbuster. From the subtitle 'A V. I. Warshawski novel' and a few hints in the text, I get the impression that this fiesty private investigator stars in a whole series of thrillers, and good on her; she's worth it!
It's a first-person thriller with a social conscience, in fact there's an mostly plausable set of characters here with a whole panoply of motives, emotions, flaws and feelings to keep you entwined in a mystery which we peel back layer-by-layer. Even the evil uber-capitalist family firm has its surprises. This book is big on shocks and hooks at every turn. It can be a bit heavy going though, trying to keep track of so many people and subplots. You can complain you ain't getting your money's worth.