Wednesday, 3 September 2014

CRIME THRILLER REVIEW: VI Warshawski 16: Critical Mass - Sara Paretsky

Release Date: 28/08/14
Publisher:  Hodder


Private Eye V.I. Warshawski is roused one morning by an SOS from a woman on a farm south of Chicago. When V.I. gets there, she finds no woman - but a dead man in a cornfield, his body savagely mutilated. V.I. is happy to leave the case to the local sheriff: it looks like a falling out among meth dealers. But back in Chicago, she learns that the missing woman is a protegee of her oldest friend and confidante, Dr Lotty Herschel, and is compelled to investigate. What V.I. uncovers pulls her into a world of nuclear secrets and high-stakes computing, with roots reaching back to the Second World War. The detective soon finds herself in a hall of mirrors where she can't tell reality from video games, and her life is on the line. For V.I., this is her most profound, and terrifying, adventure yet ...


Recently I’ve had quite a huge chunk of Crime Thrillers to make my way through and recently they’ve taken me on a journey around the world. The ones that entertained me had mystery, some wonderful twists but most of all, they had characters that I not only wanted to spend time with but were multifaceted so that I could find many likeable traits about them.

This is something that Sara does extremely well in her writing. She knows how to give the reader a cracking story with a character that can not only kick butt but one that will also be sensitive when the needs arise. It’s a fine line to tread and one that is a difficult trick to manage. All round a solid release and one that I was more than happy to spend the time with.

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