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.
One thing I like about Sara Paretsky's books is that they don't pretend the reader is stupid! I was reminded so much from my college physics classes and from general ethics and patent theory! And it's definitely something that was made obvious that the general, even smart person, doesn't see right away – or at all. And as is generally her standard, no loose ends are left flying. I love Sara Paretsky, and her books are satisfying and fulfilling!
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.