Book Review: “Hard Time”

This book was published in 1999 and features V.I. Warshawski, a private detective in Chicago. On her way home from a gala event, Warshawski nearly runs over a body lying in the road. Her car swerves to miss it and runs into a fire hydrant instead. She calls 911 and the police and ambulance arrive shortly. After statements are taken and she passes a sobriety test, she’s released, but her car is totaled. She takes a cab home and goes to bed. The next day, Chicago PD detectives show up to ask questions and accuse her of hit-and-run. The police report has mysteriously disappeared and there’s no evidence of her sobriety test. They don’t arrest her, but will after the car’s examined.

Being the curious person she is, Warshawski launches her own investigation, looking for the police report and the autopsy, finding neither. In fact, the body has disappeared. Curious, Warshawski pursues the clues doggedly and finds herself in the middle of a large corruption scheme that threatens her life and those around her.

I enjoyed reading this book. This was the second one by this author that I’ve read and it was hard to put it down.

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