Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Breakdown by Sara Paretsky

Imagine a book club of girls, some from an exclusive private school with billionaire parents and others from a charity school with parents who might not even be in the country legally. Imagine them meeting at midnight, in a cemetery, preforming some home-grown ritual to shape shift into ravens. Now imagine that close by a man is found with a stake in his heart.

This is how Breakdown by Sara Paretsky opens, but barely scratches the surface this deliciously complex story. A story that includes a right-wing media personality spreading prejudice and innuendo, a Jewish billionaire who doesn't want to talk about how he survived World War II, a man with the intelligence of a five-year-old who has been a locked ward for thirty years, and more dead bodies than can easily be counted.

Sara Paretsky is my new favorite mystery writer.

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