The eighth V.I. Warshawski thriller from one of America's greatest female crime writers, combining contemporary issues, social injustice and fast-paced suspense.
The discovery of a homeless family in her office basement leads V.I. to a charity for the homeless, Home Free. She's puzzled by their cold response, especially when they give the runaround to a group of tradeswomen she knows.
Hard up for money, V.I. resists investigating Home Free until one of its board members is murdered in her own office. V.I. soon discovers a trail of tormented runaways, abused spouses, and financial fraud across Chicago's banks to the halls of Congress.
Emotionally and physically taxed to the limit, V.I. must choose between her happiness and her sense of justice, and learns that the hardest questions she must answer are the ones she asks herself.
As prickly and principled as ever, Chicago's preeminent female PI, V I Warshawski, forcefully unravels several knotted mysteries in Paretsky's latest complex, satisfying novel . . . Paretsky's V I is a rare literary entity, a woman quick to anger and action, yet sympathetic and credible. - Publishers Weekly
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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