Wildcat by Sara Paretsky is V. I. Warshawski’s First Case short story. Publisher: Witness Impulse, March 7, 2017
Sara Paretsky, one of the most legendary crime writers of all time, presents an exclusive and thrilling short story featuring beloved investigator V.I. Warshawski as a ten-year-old girl on her first investigation.
V.I. Warshawski developed her strength and sense of justice at a very early age. It’s 1966 and on the south side of Chicago racial tensions are at an all-time high. Dr. Martin Luther King is leading marches at Marquette Park and many in the neighborhood are very angry.
With nothing but a bicycle, eighty-two cents in her pocket, and her Brownie camera hanging from her wrist, Victoria sneaks off to Marquette Park alone to protect her father Tony, a police officer who is patrolling the crowds.
What begins as a small adventure and a quest to find her father and make sure he is safe turns into something far more dangerous. As the day goes on and the conflict at the park reaches a fever pitch Victoria realizes she must use her courage and ingenuity if she wants to keep herself and her family members out of harm’s way.
In this short story we see the determination and survival skills of young V.I. Warshawski that set her on the path of what she is today. The author did a great job in sending me back to 1960s Chicago during the Martin Luther King era and putting me in V.I.’s shoes as the sights and sounds permeate throughout the telling of this grippingly intense drama. If you want to see how it all began, then this book is not one that you want to miss.
FTC Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss.