Larchmont Hall, suburban Chicago, dead of night. Private investigator V.I. Warshawski gingerly makes her way through the dark grounds, pursuing her investigation into reports of mysterious lights emanating from the long-abandoned mansion. Unexpectedly, an intruder appears; Warshawski gives chase and stumbles face first into the chilly waters of a pond. In her scramble to get out, Warshawski grabs hold of the first thing available for leverage: a human hand. The hand, it turns out, belongs to Marcus Whitby, a reporter who had been researching a story on the McCarthy-era witch hunts. When the coroner rules Whitby's death a suicide, Warshawski decides to investigate what she strongly suspects is murder. In Blacklist, writer Sara Paretsky draws parallels between the McCarthy era and the post- 9/11 Ashcroft era, when two frightening buzzwords, "communist" and "terrorist, " allowed (and allow) the government unprecedented dominion over the American citizenry. Warshawski's liberal politics will run her afoul of the law, both local and federal, as she chafes under the authority that allows the hitherto illegal wiretapping and ransacking of her apartment. Blacklist, the 11th entry in the V.I. Warshawski series, is both a compelling mystery and an indictment of the McCarthies of all eras.

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