From one of the most distinguished writers in American
crime fiction - her most brilliant and daring novel yet.
This is a story of secrets and betrayals that stretch
across four generations-secrets political, social, sexual,
financial: all of them with the power to kill. Eager for
something physical to do in the spirit-exhausting wake of
9/11, V.I. accepts a request from an old client to check up
on an empty family mansion; sub-sequently surprises an
intruder in the dark; and, giving chase, topples into a
pond. Grasping for something to hold on to, her fingers
close around a lifeless human hand.
It is the body of a reporter who had been investigating
events of forty-five years earlier, during the McCarthy
era, and V.I.'s discovery quickly sucks her into the
history of two great Chicago families-their fortunes
intertwined by blood, sex, money, and the scandals that may
or may not have resulted in murder all these years later.
At the same time, she inadvertently becomes involved in the
story of a missing Egyptian boy whose possible terrorist
connections make him very much sought after by the
government. As the two cases drive her forward-and then
shockingly tumble together-she finds that wealth and
privilege, too, bear a terrible price; and the past has no
monopoly on patriotic scoundrels. Before everything is
over, at least two more people will lie dead . . . and V.I.
might even be one of them.
A novel as passionate, complex, and powerfully entertaining
as its acclaimed heroine, Blacklist is a stunning