Jennifer Reese
December 14, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Bleeding Kansas

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Sara Paretsky
publisher
Putnam
genre
Fiction, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B-

In a break from her V.I. Warshawski mysteries, Sara Paretsky cooks up Bleeding Kansas, an unruly melodrama that begins when a glamorous lesbian Wiccan relocates from NYC to the heartland. Soon, an impressionable local matron is dancing with witches, while a cartoonishly nasty, narrow-minded clan of hard-line Christians responds to her activities with violence. (At least in this novel, they represent what’s the matter with Kansas.) To overcomplicate an already hectic narrative, Paretsky throws in star-crossed lovers, fundamentalist Jews, the Iraq war, and a decades-old fire. It’s probably time to call Warshawski back into action. B-

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