She's an excellent writer when she's actually telling the story. However, this book seems to be more about politics than anything else. Just as I would get into the story, she'd throw in a long rant about an issue. And, there are many. I gave up after 70 pages.
I read non-fiction about the issues of our day. I read fiction for a good story, not political screeds and paragraphs and pages filled with somebody's opinions on every hot button topic. Even though I agree with many of her points, it was tiresome and irritating.
Paretsky seems more interested in being a political commentator than a story teller.