Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A woman who stands behind her beliefs

I was happy to re-read this book which has been in my library for many years.

V.I. Warshawski's bank account is running low and she gets the opportunity to solve two needs.

She's an active feminist and takes on a case involving a woman's construction group that was turned down for a contract by a bank that had a community lending policy. Vic gets to help the women and get paid for doing so.

Vic's office building is scheduled for demolition. When there is an electrical problem she decides to try to fix it herself. In so doing, she finds a homeless woman living in the basement along with her three children, one of whom is sickly. The woman tells Vic she is trying to get away from an abusive husband.

A parallel story is about Vic attending a retirement dinner at a wealthy couple's home and seeing the mistreatment of the couple's children by the woman and her influential husband.

I enjoyed the story and the manner in which Paretsky covers the areas such as irregularities in the construction trade, bribery of officials, abused women and troubled children of wealthy and impoverished families.  The author also does a good job at balancing her topics and the reader is able to follow a complex plot easily.

V.I. Warshawski is a gutsy woman who stands up for what she believes in.

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