Synopses & Reviews
In this gripping adventure, the first V.I. Warshawski mystery, America's top private eye is tossed into dangerous adventure when a seemingly straightforward assignment becomes complicated and deadly.
Hired by a man who calls himself John Thayer, V. I.'s assignment is to find Thayer's son Peter's missing girlfriend. But when V.I. finds young Peter's dead body instead, her client disappears. Her efforts to track down her client and learn his true identity take her deep into a labyrinth of fraud and violence.
By the time V.I. figures out the answers she is in a race to find the missing young woman before the murderers do.
"Not since crime-fiction masters Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammet has a mystery writer integrated a character and an environment so seamlessly, to such telling, vibrant effect." Chicago magazine
"Paretsky is a smooth writer and a funny woman, good at evoking seedy urban environments and taking wry potshots at middle-class aspirations....[She] has created a scrappy, entertaining, idiosyncratic fictional character who is a woman, so hooray for her!" San Jose Mercury-News
America's "most convincing and engaging" (Entertainment Weekly) female private-eye, V.I. Warshawski, is looking for a missing coed, but finds a large scam involving big business executives, notorious underworld figures and murder.I. Warshawski novel.