Critical Mass

  • by Sara Paretsky
  • Narrated by Susan Ericksen
  • 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The brilliant V. I. Warshawski returns in another hard-hitting entry, combining razor-sharp plotting and compelling characters with a heady mix of timely political and social themes.
V. I. Warshawski’s closest friend in Chicago is the Viennese-born doctor Lotty Herschel, who lost most of her family in the Holocaust. Lotty escaped to London in 1939 on the Kindertransport with a childhood playmate, Kitty Saginor Binder. When Kitty’s daughter finds her life is in danger, she calls Lotty, who in turn summons V. I. to help. The daughter’s troubles turn out to be just the tip of an iceberg of lies, secrets, and silence, whose origins go back to the mad competition among America, Germany, Japan, and England to develop the first atomic bomb. The secrets are old, but the people who continue to guard them today will not let go without a fight.

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What the Critics Say

.“Both Paretsky and the sharp-tongued justice-seeker, V. I. Warshawski, remain formidable. . . . V. I. reigns as crime fiction’s spiky, headstrong warrior woman of conscience, and Paretsky, classy champion of the powerless, has never been more imaginative, rueful, transfixing, and righteous.” (Booklist)

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Critical Mass

How close is this to real life? How close to the fictional detectives whose stories are on TV, who say there are eight million people in the city and the city has eight million stories. WWII even more?
I love VI as a character.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-22-2013
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio