Hardball by Sara Paretsky
In 1967, Lamont Gadsden left home and never came back. Forty years later, his dying aunt wants PI VI Warshawski to find him. Her investigation leads her back to the tumultuous Chicago civil rights movements of the 1960s, through encounters with chaplains and criminals, and through her own family’s history. In talking with Sara Paretsky at the Coralville Public Library in 2015, Maureen Corrigan noted that mystery as a genre is “a form that’s obsessed with the past.” See how that past shapes the present in Paretsky’s 13th Warshawski novel.