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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by Sara Paretsky
"V.I. WarshawskiÕs latest case spans both decades and continents as the private detective attempts to track down a missing person. Instead, she finds secrets and lies that go back to Austria in the years leading up to WWII. Susan Ericksen, who has narrated several books in this series, gives V.I. a serious, level-headed tone, even as she faces off with Homeland Security and drug dealers. The many German and Austrian-born characters have just the right hesitation in their accented English, and Ericksen adeptly handles the German dialogue. Series regulars Mr. Contreras and Lotty Herschel make appearances in this 16th installment, and Ericksen takes the opportunity to soften V.I.Õs tone in her interactions with her close friends. E.N. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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