The fifth V.I. Warshawski thriller from one of America's greatest female crime writers, combining contemporary issues, social injustice and fast-paced suspense.
When private investigator V.I. Warshawski looks into the whereabouts of the father of a childhood friend, Caroline, she lets herself in for more than she bargained for. Her search dredges up her own childhood memories as well as something darker, especially when the body of another friend, Nancy, turns up.
With suspects ranging from a powerful alderman to the chairman of a chemical conglomerate, V.I. discovers a network of corruption which spreads across the industrial districts of Chicago to its Gold Coast. But how is Nancy's death linked to the search for Caroline's father
The deeper V.I. digs, the murkier things get, until she finds herself at the mercy of malevolent forces beyond her control...
Purely and simply, this is a splendid who-dunnit. - Chicago Sun-Times
With the creation of V.I. Warshawski, Sara Paretsky did more than anyone to change the face of contemporary women's fiction. - Express on Sunday
It's hard not to get caught up in her passion . . . Snappy dialogue, tight plotting and realistic situations make Paretsky's unapologetically politicised thrillers a pleasure to read, whatever your viewpoint. - Daily Mail
The thing about Sara Paretsky is, she's tough . . . she doesn't flinch from examining old social injustices others might find too shameful (and too painful) to dig up - New York Times
Some crime series grow stale over time, but there's no sign of fatigue here. This is partly because the recurring characters continue to develop and engage the reader, and partly because of the moral intelligence that informs the writing. - Spectator
Paretsky has been putting her private investigator through her paces since 1982, changing perceptions of women in crime fiction through the creation of a fiercely independent female detective. She keeps her brand of politicised noir fresh by responding to issues - social, cultural and political as well as gender - in contemporary life . . . Paretsky is firing on all cylinders - Metro
Sara Paretsky was named 2011 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. She is the winner of many awards, including the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers' Association and the CWA Gold Dagger for Blacklist. In 2015 she received the Theakstons Old Peculier Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award. She lives on Chicago's south side.
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