My adventures promoting my books on the streets of Brooklyn, and my thoughts on books, film and current events.
Sara Paretsky has written 17 novels. 15 feature intrepid female private eye V.I. Warshawski. I just finished the fifth in the series, Blood Shot (1988). I enjoyed it. The mystery was engaging from the start and the characters were well drawn, particularly the protagonist. While not as hard-boiled and cynical as Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade or Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe, V.I. is close. She is well-educated, an opera buff. I enjoyed the literary references sprinkled throughout the narrative. The writing was not as polished as I prefer, but that may have been intentional, as the story is a first person account in the words of someone who is not a writer. It may also have been due to my own carelessness. I read much faster than I should. Paretsky's work has been translated into 30 languages. On a scale of five, three-and-a-half. The character was brought to the silver screen in 1991 with Kathleen Turner in the title role, seemingly a great choice, but the film was not popular with critics or the public. I will add it to my Netflix list at the recommendation of an online reviewer who believes it is under-rated. Tami Hoag's A Thin Dark Line remains the best of the mysteries I've sampled. Daniel Silva and Joy Fielding impressed me the most in terms of polish.
I left the house for my morning walk at 6:15, in shorts and a T-shirt. I was shocked at how cool it was. When it came time for the floating bookshop I decided to bring a light jacket, just in case. I'm glad I did. The breeze was stiff and the sun was mostly obscured, most unusual for late June. A gentleman donated Alex Haley's Roots and Helen Keller's autobiography, which someone later bought. I also sold four novels in Russian. Thanks, folks.
Marie visited, carrying a couple of her paintings, which she had put up for sale at a show in Manhattan. She was asking $500 each. They were colorful, sort of landscapes, perhaps impressionistic. I didn't understand them and didn't know what to say. I hope I didn't bum her out more than she already seemed. She's such a nice lady and has been so generous to me. One doesn't have to be hard-boiled to be an artist, but it does take a tough skin.
Visit Vic’s sites:
Vic’s Third Novel (Print or Kindle): http://tinyurl.com/7e9jty3
Vic’s Website: http://members.tripod.com/vic_fortezza/Literature/
Vic’s Short Story Collection (Print or Kindle): http://www.tiny.cc/Oycgb
Vic’s 2nd Novel: http://tinyurl.com/6b86st6
Vic’s 1st Novel: http://tiny.cc/94t5h
Vic’s Screenplay on Kindle: http://tinyurl.com/cyckn3f