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About the Author: Sara Paretsky

Sara Paretsky is a modern American author of detective fiction. Paretsky was raised in Kansas, and graduated from the state university with a degree in political science. She did community service work on the south side of Chicago in 1966 and returned in 1968 to work there. She ultimately completed a Ph.D. in history at the University of Chicago, entitled The Breakdown of Moral Philosophy in New England Before the Civil War, and finally earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Married to a professor of physics at the University of Chicago, she has lived in Chicago since 1968.

The protagonist of all but two of Paretsky's novels is V.I. Warshawski, a female private investigator. Warshawski's eclectic personality defies easy categorization. She drinks Johnnie Walker Black Label, breaks into houses looking for clues, and can hold her own in a street fight, but also she pays attention to her clothes, sings opera along with the radio, and enjoys her sex life.

Paretsky is credited with transforming the role and image of women in the crime novel. The Winter 2007 issue of Clues: A Journal of Detection is devoted to her work.

Her two books that are non-Warshawski novels are : Ghost Country (1998) and Bleeding Kansas (2008).


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Paperback, Published in Nov 2009 by Ediciones B

ISBN10: 8498720079 | ISBN13: 9788498720075

Page count: 296

This new adventure of the private detective V.L. "Vic" Warshawski begins at a conference in Chicago, where angry protesters are demanding the return of the property they seized during the Nazi Germany. Suddenly, a troubled man gets up to tell the story of their childhood shattered by the Holocaust ... A story that will have devastating consequences for Lotty Herschel, the intimate friend and mentor of V.L. who was only nine years when he emigrated from Austria to England, along with a group of children rescued from Nazis terror.

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