The seventeenth V.I. Warshawski thriller from one of America's greatest female crime writers, and winner of Theakstons Old Peculier Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award 2015.
For six stormy weeks in high school, V.I. Warshawski thought she was in love with Frank Guzzo. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for a living. She forgot about him until the day his mother was arrested for bludgeoning his kid sister Annie to death.
Twenty-five years later, Stella is released and Frank comes to V. I., begging the private detective to help find grounds to exonerate his mother from a crime she claims she never committed.
V.I. doesn't want to get involved, but life has been hard on Frank. When V.I. agrees to ask a few questions, it's a painful journey to the past for her, to her old neighbourhood and the people she grew up with. And when she gets beaten up after attending a youth-group meeting in her old 'hood, V.I.'s main question becomes whether she will live long enough to find the answers.
South Chicago provides the setting for MWA Grand Master Paretsky's electrifying 18th novel featuring PI V.I. "Vic" Warshawski (after 2013's Critical Mass). Vic thought she had left her old neighborhood and her former teenage flame, Frank Guzzo years ago, until he approaches her with a sensitive issue: his mother, Stella, just finished 25 years in prison for murdering Frank's younger sister, Annie, and she's now proclaiming her innocence. Reluctant to get involved Stella always hated the Warshawski family Vic agrees to look into the matter, but is floored when Stella accuses the detective's beloved late cousin and Chicago hockey legend Boom-Boom (who was murdered in 1984's Deadlock) of having a hand in Annie's murder. Determined to clear Boom-Boom's name, Vic throws herself into the investigation, which takes her into the murky political waters of her former stomping ground, with its back channels leading to the state's highest echelons of power. Paretsky never shies from tackling social issues, and in this installment she targets political corruption without ever losing sight of her dogged sleuth's very personal stake in the story. Author tour.