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PUTNAM, Oct 22, 2013 - Fiction - 448 pages
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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 of them without a fight.

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User Review  - dBabbp - LibraryThing

Good, complex story that illuminates a part of the chase for knowledge and the ultimate weapon and a horrible part of our own as well as world history. Don't plan to put it down often. Read full review

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User Review  - gtippitt - LibraryThing

I cannot give a completely unbiased review of this book, because I love all of the V.I. Warshawski novels. I was very excited to receive an early review copy and enjoyed it greatly. It is not the best ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Sara Paretsky is the author of nineteen books, including her renowned V. I. Warshawski novels. She was named 2011 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, and is also the recipient of the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award given by the British Crime Writers' Association. She lives in Chicago.