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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.
Believe it or not, Warshawski has been around even longer than other darlings of the genre such as Lisbeth Salander and Stephanie Plum. Paretsky first introduced the Chicago-based PI in her 1982 thriller, Indemnity Only. While the series has always had a loyal following, Paretsky saw a career resurgence last year, as Fallout is one of her most-read and best-received books.