Blacklist

Blacklist

Book - 2003
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From one of the most distinguished writers in American crime fiction - her most brilliant and daring novel yet. This is a story of secrets and betrayals that stretch across four generations-secrets political, social, sexual, financial: all of them with the power to kill. Eager for something physical to do in the spirit-exhausting wake of 9/11, V.I. accepts a request from an old client to check up on an empty family mansion; sub-sequently surprises an intruder in the dark; and, giving chase, topples into a pond. Grasping for something to hold on to, her fingers close around a lifeless human hand. It is the body of a reporter who had been investigating events of forty-five years earlier, during the McCarthy era, and V.I.'s discovery quickly sucks her into the history of two great Chicago families-their fortunes intertwined by blood, sex, money, and the scandals that may or may not have resulted in murder all these years later. At the same time, she inadvertently becomes involved in the story of a missing Egyptian boy whose possible terrorist connections make him very much sought after by the government. As the two cases drive her forward-and then shockingly tumble together-she finds that wealth and privilege, too, bear a terrible price; and the past has no monopoly on patriotic scoundrels. Before everything is over, at least two more people will lie dead . . . and V.I. might even be one of them. A novel as passionate, complex, and powerfully entertaining as its acclaimed heroine, Blacklist is a stunning achievement.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2003], ©2003
ISBN: 9780399150852
0399150854
Branch Call Number: FICTION Par
Description: 415 pages ; 24 cm

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firewindwater
Jan 22, 2019

I started reading her after finishing all the good writers. I'm still reading her books - just because. But every story has her getting beat up or losing a lover or ??? I just finished Total Recall (terrible book) - way too long and Blacklist. Again, way too long. Both have too many "extra" characters to try and keep track of.

Her main characters of which there are about 5-6 plus the dogs are easy to remember if you've read any. But when the story brings in 10 more and they are families with same last name, it's impossible to keep track of.

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Bookafterbook
Jan 05, 2012

This was my first experience with this author. I found the writing flat and uninteresting and the story telling tedious. Surprising as I chose based on the authors mystery writing awards.

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