SARA PARETSKY -Blood Shot. V. I. Warshawski #5. Delacorte, hardcover, 1988. Dell, paperback, June 1989.

   I enjoyed Bitter Medicine, the previous adventure of Paretsky’s Chicago-based PI V. I. Warshawski, so much that I ranked it number one for the issue [Mystery*File 13, not yet online]. This one is nearly 100 pages longer, and unfortunately I don’t really think the extra pages add anything.

   If it had been up to me, I’d have condensed the first 160 pages down to about 30 or so. That’s when this story of lost parents and criminal neglect in the chemical industry began to click for me. A number of good scenes follow, as well as some sharp characterization.

–Reprinted from Mystery*File #18, December 1989, very slightly revised.