Breakdown by Sara Paretsky
(V.I. Warshawski Novel)

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"Breakdown," too, is stuffed with plot twists and characters — but thanks to V.I. and a supporting cast of her delightful friends...the story won't disappoint her fans.
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When a group of Chicago tweens holds a ritual in an abandoned cemetery, they stumble on an actual corpse—stabbed through the heart in a vampire-style slaying. V.I. Warshawski arrives on the scene to escort the girls home–but protecting them places her at the tangled center of the investigation. And the girls include daughters of some of Chicago’s most powerful families: the grandfather of one, Chaim Salanter, is among the world’s wealthiest men; the mother of another, Sophy Durango, is running for the United States Senate. For V.I., the questions multiply faster than the answers. Is the killing linked to a hostile media campaign against Durango—or to Salanter’s childhood in Nazi-occupied Lithuania? As V.I. struggles to find an answer, she finds herself fighting enemies who are no less terrifying for being all too human.
 

About Sara Paretsky

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SARA PARETSKY is the author of fifteen previous books, including twelve V. I. Warshawski novels. Her many awards include the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers' Association. She lives in Chicago.
 
Published January 3, 2012 by Signet. 450 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Political & Social Sciences, Horror. Fiction
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Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on Jan 06 2012

The V.I. Warshawski series has always offered intellectual pleasures, as well as the reliable delights of watching our heroine lob just the right comeback to even the most incidental remarks uttered by snobs, racists and misogynists.

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Reviewed by Jessica Garrison on Jan 18 2012

"Breakdown," too, is stuffed with plot twists and characters — but thanks to V.I. and a supporting cast of her delightful friends...the story won't disappoint her fans.

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