Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Sara Paretsky, V. I. Warshawski, and the Chicago Cubs

Hardball by Sara Paretsky

Chris McNamara, Special to the Chicago Tribune, reports on an interesting conversation with mystery writer Sara Paretsky in which she discusses baseball (specifically the Cubs) and her series character V. I. Warshawski. Paretsky has a new book in the series coming out this September, the first in four years to feature the Chicago private investigator, titled (appropriately enough) Hardball.

When asked who's the bigger Cubs fan, the author or her character, Paretsky says, "Definitely V.I. She is more intensely interested in sports, though I have to say I'm quite a sweat sock. I'm someone who watches sports but doesn't play them. In September we're releasing my new book Hardball in which the murder weapon is a baseball signed by Nellie Fox. Take that Sox fans. The book is about V.I.'s father who grows up a Sox fan but in an act of rebellion switches his loyalty to the Cubs. I can't tell you who gets murdered with the baseball."

She also has a determined opinion on the Cubs club roster. "They should definitely talk to me before making trades. I could save them from making big mistakes."

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