Finished Fallout by Sara Paretsky. I received a copy for review.
V.I. Warshawski leaves Chicago to head to Kansas to find a missing actress and the documentarian hired to film her “origin story,” growing up in Lawrence. The two have gone missing and the clannish locals don’t want to discuss it. And most of them take a near-immediate dislike of Vic. (It’s not a spoiler to say that there are a lot of moving pieces here, and that everything is connected.)
As you probably know, I’m a huge fan of Sara Paretsky’s and this book didn’t disappoint. The most interesting aspect is the fact that Vic is out of her comfort zone: everything and everyone she relies on is gone. (With one exception: her dog, Peppy. Her other dog, Mitch, is on vacation but Peppy is here.) It’s sad, in a way. Of course she’s more than capable of handling things on her own, but I feel better, in a way, with Lotty and Max and (of course!) Mr. Contreras nearby.
It doesn’t help that these are also unfamiliar people and places. And, of course, things are far more dangerous than they initially appeared to be.