January 18, 2012 |
One of the many pleasures of Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski novels is that the sharp-tongued, short-tempered detective often seems to be following clues that lead not just to the heart of whatever mystery is at hand, but also into the red-hot center of the zeitgeist itself. Recent books have dealt with the trauma of the Iraq War and the dangers of the Patriot Act. In the 1980s, when V.I. burst onto the scene as one of publishing's first "hard-boiled" female detectives, the plots were spun of the concerns of those times, from corporate malfeasance to labor racketeering.
July 26, 1991 |
"V.I. Warshawski" (citywide) features a killing or two, a handful of beatings, and a moderate number of kicks in the groin, but the real violence is directed not toward anyone on screen but rather against Sara Paretsky's popular detective novels which are the nominal inspiration for this tired, tepid thriller. For not the first time, the deep thinkers of Hollywood have purchased idiosyncratic material and turned it so dull and phlegmatic viewers will wonder what the original fuss was about.
July 21, 1991 |
The Hamptons are just oozing into happy hour when Kathleen Turner kind of twirls into her local watering hole--"Hi! Hi, you guys. Hi, Tomas," she says pulling off her dark glasses, letting the screen door bang behind her. In Hollywood, she is still one of the most bankable actresses, a post-modern, old-fashioned sultress who first steamed up the lens 10 years ago as Matty Walker in "Body Heat" and has spent the better part of the decade as the keeper of the Bacall flame.
January 18, 2012
Breakdown A V.I. Warshawski Novel Sara Paretsky G.P. Putnam's Sons: 431 pp., $26.95
September 4, 1991 |
A Famous Voice on the Beeb: Kathleen Turner will play fictional detective V. I. Warshawski in a British Broadcasting Corp. radio serial later this year. Turner, who brought the Chicago private detective to movie screens in the United States, will take part in the dramatization of "Killing Orders" by Sarah Paretsky.
May 23, 1991 |
You won't find Santa Teresa on a map of Southern California, but any reader of Sue Grafton's popular series of books featuring fiercely independent female private detective Kinsey Millhone can tell you where it is. It's a beachside town just north of Ventura County, with a university campus nearby, several luxury hotels, and the main drag is called State Street. Indeed, "Santa Teresa" sounds a lot like Santa Barbara.