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.
©2013 Sara Paretsky (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Historical, Surprises, Gripping
Lottie - she sounded like I had her in my head from previous books
There were many surprises in this book. I am usually wrong in trying to solve the mystery as I'm reading and this book was no different. I did not get tired of the story.
I've always like the VI books, and this one is probably one of my favorites
The story line is mostly about WWII and the atrocities, and then trying to make a small thing right.
Worked for me
Not one sitting, but several. I listen while I drive.
Mind challenging plot and intriguing glimpses of our country's quest for the atom bomb.
I have always been interested in the nazi era abuses of the Jews.
Mixed media artist, drummer, and Audible listener - 863 titles and counting!
The characters all seemed to be annoyed, hostile or defensive. Except Jake, who got two bedroom scenes and not much dialogue.
Probably not, although I have enjoyed "reading" her, "listening" to this book was painful.
Actually the narrator depicted the characters very well, but, they were aggressive and annoying, so it got a bit much, having that going on RIGHT IN YOUR EAR!
I found the narration overwhelmed the story, although it was very well done and faithful to the (again..) constantly annoyed, defensive and belligerent characters.
I did not read the print, so I can't compare. However, the audio edition blew me away. Susan Ericksen was able to narrate a conversation between 4 people, using accents and voice inflections just enough so as to clearly distinguish each character and to make it incredibly realistic. I was awed by her performance.
Say something about yourself! I am a runner and avid listener to books. Audible allow me to do my two favorite things at the same time.
Critical Mass is timely for both story line and show casing women in science. Ms Paretsky give us a tight plot with somewhat predictable twist. I was fascinated by the role of female physicist in Austria prior to WWII. It was a fun mystery and sent me searching for more information on women in physics. Science Friday has a nice interview about this with the author.
The narrator was horrible. She overstates voices, uses inappropriate intonation and was irritating to listen to. She tried to do the characters' voices and ended up sounding angry most of the time.
Sometimes after a certain number of books, an author's writing becomes stale and formulaic. Fortunately not Sara Paretsky. She finds ways to keep developing her characters and keeping the stories fresh. I loved the history introduced into this book and look forward to the next.
This was one of best VI Warshaski yet!!! Before listening this book, I would strongly suggest listen to Total Recall. There is a lot information from that book to this book. If you did not like Total Recall then you will probably like this book then.
I skipped through most of it just to get to the end.The narrator was terrible. Long pauses after a few sentences were read. I kept waiting for a continuation of the story, this took several seconds, very frustrating Boring Boring BoringThe story was long and drawn out - due to the narrator and the story line.
All but the last 10th of the book.
I've read all of Sara's books and enjoyed them. The narrator ruined this one.
I love a good mystery
I am sorry this one was a disappointment, too much historic information and less of a good mystery,maybe next time?? I enjoy the fact that these stories take place in Chicago, which is very familiar to me.
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