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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 VI Warshawski against some of today’s most powerful figuresLegendary sleuth VI 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 VI 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

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    I was utterly thrilled to be reading the latest in Sara Paretsky's iconic VI Warshawski series set in a Chicago that by now I feel I know rather well Paretsky writes than crime fiction she captures the current social and political waters of the US as can be seen here where the horror of the repercussions of the Trump presidency is laid bare with its impact on the poor the migrants and refugees living in fear and the draconian and hostile environment they face on a daily basis This is in stark contrast to the world of the hyperwealthy and their inherent perception that the law does not apply to them and the unabashed shameful corporate debauchery that takes place powerful men preying on young and vulnerable women mirroring the contemporaryMeToo era The indomitable Vic has come to the aid of Felix Herschel grandson of Lotty's brother Hugo In the forests of Cap Sauers Holding the beaten to death body of a man is found stuffed into a tree The man has a torn scrap of paper with Felix's name and phone number on his person and the local sheriff is hellbent on arresting and charging Felix with murder on this basisVic's niece Harmony Seale has arrived in Chicago looking for her sister Reno who has disappeared The good looking Reno had obtained work for a payday loan company charging astronomical interest rates of the struggling poor doing well she was invited to a corporate shindig in the Caribbean which turned out to be a nightmare Harmony and Reno had a troubled upbringing with their drug addict mother Peggy and placed with foster parents that were the making of them but they both remain emotionally fragile and vulnerable The overworked and exhausted Vic finds leads which reveal stolen artefacts from war torn Syria connections to the Oriental Institute and a cleaning company Force 5 employing migrant labour Felix is being distinctly unhelpful and Vic's ex husband the ambitious Dick shows just how few scruples he has and just how much of a nasty piece of work he is Homeland Security and ICE agents are muscling in on other people's turf with no compunction In the face of being assaulted shot at the menacing presence of the Russian Mob and with her clients in desperate danger Vic finds surprising links with Reno's disappearance with that of the murder in the woods of Cap SauerA host of characters reappear that will be familiar to fans of series such as the over protective elderly Mr Contreras the wintry yet helpful client Darraugh Graham reporter Murray Ryerson computer genius Niko Cruickshank not to mention the heroic dogs Peppy and Mitch Paretsky's Vic is a phenomenon fighting tirelessly for justice in a world where the odds are stacked against her in a political climate that has become increasingly surreal and unbearably dangerous to those at the bottom of the ladder powerless and living precarious lives We are given a picture of the US with its recent history of ill advised foreign ventures and their impact Always a joy to reacquaint myself with the force of nature that is Vic and know that she continues to survive holding on to her principles and values loyal to those close to her even when they not always appreciative of her help Love this series with a passion and this marvellous addition comes highly recommended Many thanks to Hodder and Stoughton for an ARC