Wildcat, A Novella by Sara Paretsky
Wildcat: V. I. Warshawski’s First Case
For any fans of V. I. Warshawski, here is your chance to learn about her very first case. At the time she was ten years old. The year, 1966. Do you remember back then? Ms. Paretsky will refresh your memory. The sixties were a time of unrest. An important part of that unrest was Dr. Martin Luther King.
Victoria Warshawski finds herself right in the middle of it. Dashing from her family home to save her policeman father from the coming violence. What she sees instead is a dead body. It turns into a dangerous, if exciting, day for the young girl.
The quick witted pre-teen will grow up to be a very popular and successful detective, with many cases solved.
A sweet addition at the end of Wildcat is V.I. Warshawski’s bio. It’s a treat on different levels. First you will learn a great deal of background information about Ms. Paretsky’s featured character, from her horoscope and sign to her career path. On the second level, it shows how much detail can (and should?) be included in forming a character. If you are a writer, you’ll be nodding your head, if you want to be a writer, it will give you an idea of how long it can take to develop a personality, and then to remember it.
It is surely a worthwhile read that won’t take you long. I’ll be reading more to see what Detective Warshawski is like all grown up.
WILDCAT: V. I. Warshawski’s First Case
by Sara Paretsky
on Tour March 7 – April 7, 2017
Sara Paretsky, one of the most legendary crime writers of all time, presents an exclusive and thrilling short story featuring beloved investigator V.I. Warshawski as a ten-year-old girl on her first investigation.
V.I. Warshawski developed her strength and sense of justice at a very early age. It’s 1966 and on the south side of Chicago racial tensions are at an all-time high. Dr. Martin Luther King is leading marches at Marquette Park and many in the neighborhood are very angry.
With nothing but a bicycle, eighty-two cents in her pocket, and her Brownie camera hanging from her wrist, Victoria sneaks off to Marquette Park alone to protect her father Tony, a police officer who is patrolling the crowds.
What begins as a small adventure and a quest to find her father and make sure he is safe turns into something far more dangerous. As the day goes on and the conflict at the park reaches a fever pitch Victoria realizes she must use her courage and ingenuity if she wants to keep herself and her family members out of harm’s way.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Published by: Witness Impulse
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Number of Pages: 45
ISBN: 0062689509 (ISBN13: 9780062689504)
Series: V.I. Warshawski
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Hailed by P.D. James as “the most remarkable” of modern crime writers, SARA PARETSKY is the New York Times-bestselling author of nineteen previous novels, including the renowned V.I. Warshawski series. She is one of only four living writers – alongside John Le Carré, Sue Grafton, and Lawrence Block – to have received both the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers’ Association of Great Britain. She lives in Chicago with her husband.
Before there was Lisbeth Salander, before there was Stephanie Plum, there was V.I. WARSHAWSKI. She took the mystery world by storm in 1982 with her first appearance in Indemnity Only. A gifted private eye with the grit and smarts to tackle the mean streets, V.I. transformed a genre in which women were typically either vamps or victims. As a “courageous, sexually liberated female investigator,” she “has a humility, a humanity, and a need for human relationships which the male hard-boilers lack” (P.D. James). She lives in Chicago with her dog.
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