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Fallout: A V.I. Warshawski Novel    by Sara Paretsky order for
by Sara Paretsky
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William Morrow, 2017 (2017)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Sara Paretsky has thirty published books! Not only is her work highly praised, but each and every one is a winner. Each one is as fresh and exciting as the last one. As is Fallout.

Fallout takes the author's heroine, V. I. Warshawski, from her home town of Chicago to Kansas. V.I.'s cousin's goddaughter, who might be mixed up in a drug-smuggling ring, is looking for a friend and is sure the friend, August, is being accused in a drug theft only because he is black. He ties up with a fading movie star as the two of them seek justice for August.

It seems that this area of Kansas is rife with drugs. Another problem is land being taken over by representatives of the US government to build a nuclear silo. The local farmers are told that, when the silo is decommissioned, the ground surrounding the silo is contaminated. Good plot. The storyline is a great one with all the prerequisite sleuthing and some characters you wouldn't want to meet at night in a dark alley.

When V.I. is trapped behind the security fence and in the business part of the silo, it began to look like this would be the last book featuring our heroine. She had been asking around this small Kansas town that required answers from fifty years ago! A sure way to garner attention.

Bodies stack up satisfactorily for Paretsky's fans. Suspense springs from the pages at almost every turn. I won't tell you if V.I. survives. Read this compelling novel and find out for yourself.

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