Critical Mass

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Critical Mass

V.I. Warshawski Novel

I loved the fact that the V.I. Warshawski movie with Kathleen Turner was based on this series. I never knew that and I felt like I was visiting old friends as I read through this book. The action was great, and I loved V.I. I enjoyed the time jumps and setting differences. London in 1939 is a lot different from Chicago in the present. The author did a great job of keeping me interested in the history of the atomic bomb. This is definitely a fun book to read and to get lost in another place and time, all while solving a present day mystery.


Book Blurb for Critical Mass

New York Times-bestselling author Sara Paretsky’s brilliant protagonist 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 of them without a fight.


Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2014 4.00