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Critical Mass by Sara Paretsky

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The sixteenth V.I. Warshawski thriller from one of America's greatest female crime writers, combining contemporary issues, the fight against injustice and fast-paced suspense.

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Critical Mass by Sara Paretsky

BONUS: an exclusive first look at a special end chapter - only included in the first printing of the hardcover. When private eye V.I. Warshawski is called out to a derelict drug house in a rural town just south of Chicago, she discovers something she wasn't expecting: the mutilated corpse of a man, dumped in a cornfield. It is a discovery that throws V.I. into the fascinating world of physics and invention: a design which sparked the construction of the computer as we know it, the development of nuclear weapons, the wonder of Newton's prisms and a train of dramatic events that occurred in war-time Vienna over seventy years ago. With a range of suspects too scared to open up, V.I. must delve deep into the past to find clues. Someone holds the answers to her questions - someone who will stop at nothing to prevent the truth from resurfacing ...Packed with Paretsky's masterfully crafted suspense and offering an illuminating insight into some of the greatest scientific developments of the twentieth century, this is set to be V.I.'s most enlightening - and exhilarating - adventure yet.

About the Author

Sara Paretsky

Sara Paretsky was brought up in rural Kansas. After a variety of jobs ranging from dishwashing to marketing she now writes full time. She is a founder and past President of Sisters in Crime, an advocacy group for women in the thriller field. She lives in Chicago with a University of Chicago physicist and their golden retriever.

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Maxim Jakubowski's view on V.I. WARSHAWSKI...

Launched in 1982 by Sara Paretsky in INDEMNITY ONLY, Vic Warshawski is the toughest gal on the Chicago block, a female private eye who could outfight Philip Marlowe and his kind, as well as outsmart them. Pigheaded and socially conscious, she is the queen of hard-boiled.

V.I. Warshawski series:
1. Indemnity Only
2. Deadlock
3. Killing Orders
4. Bitter Medicine
5. Blood Shot
6. Burn Marks
7. Guardian Angel
8. Tunnel Vision
9. Hard Time
10. Total Recall
11. Blacklist
12. Fire Sale
13. Hardball

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30th November 1999


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