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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (24 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444758675
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444758672
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 4.2 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sara Paretsky is the author of nineteen books, including sixteen V.I. Warshawski novels. She was named 2011 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and is the winner of many awards, including the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers' Association and the CWA Gold Dagger for BLACKLIST.

Visit Sara's website, www.saraparetsky.com, find her on Facebook, www.facebook.com/SaraParetsky, and follow her on Twitter @Sara1982P.

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This is Sara Paretsky's most ambitious novel so far: interesting, exciting and well worth reading. (Literary Review)

It is a daring departure for Paretsky, combining her interests in women's history, science and the Holocaust - and is a career-crowning triumph. (The Sunday Times)

A literary comfort blanket with all the must-loved elements - Warshawski risking her neck for friends, cooing over cute dogs, exchanging sassy dialogue with her neighbour Mr Contreras and refusing to do housework - reassuringly present. And yet Paretsky never shies away from tough subjects: this latest case takes in everything from the Holocaust to abuses of power by Homeland Security. Paretsky is brave enough to write feel-good reads that often take you to places where you feel far from good. (Telegraph)

Sara Paretsky is American's answer to P.D. James, with added violence. Her private eye, V.I. Warshawski, who comfortingly grows old alongside her readers, is so skilfully embedded in her landscape that I once drove through Chicago guided by a friend solely on her knowledge of the Warshawski oeuvre. CRITICAL MASS is a heady mixture of crack cocaine and nuclear physics, not to mention Nobel Prizes and internet hacking by the security services. (Michael Walsh, Book of the Year The Tablet)

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The sixteenth V.I. Warshawski thriller from one of America's greatest female crime writers, combining contemporary issues, the fight against injustice and fast-paced suspense.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Snuffycat on 6 Nov. 2013
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Unlike some favourite writers who are my contemporaries in being "women of a certain age", Sara Paretsky's sharp edge as a writer is undiminished. Her characters have grown into much loved friends over the years and her observations on character are richer and deeper than ever.

This novel is a page-turner par excellence; beautifully observed, plotted and executed. V.I.'s relationships with the people she depends on has never been more keenly displayed. I hope the lovely Jake ( who does not figure a great deal in this novel) sticks around. I also hope that Lotty Herschel retires soon! How old can she be? 90?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Martina Weitsch on 13 Nov. 2013
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This is a different approach from other V.I. novels; it goes into the past to illuminate the present and it demonstrates the time it takes - over generations - to go beyond past hurt. It's very engaging; a real page turner. I would very much recommend it to anyone - not just confirmed V.I. fans (among whom I count myself).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M J Benedict on 16 Nov. 2013
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I hadn't enjoyed Sara's last two books as much as I usually do, but Critical Mass has a tight, intertwined plot, with complicated, outstanding characters, who invoke the joy of learning about the universe, but also hand in hand with the horrors of the holocaust. I cried in several parts, and was thankful with the hopeful ending, after such a journey from misery and suffering. Really outstanding. Marie
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wrightman on 14 Jan. 2014
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An exciting and thoughtful novel about nuclear secrets and the shadows cast by the second world war.This is an ambitious book which deals with serious issues.It is rather complicated and the reader needs to keep her wits about her as there are many different characters to keep a track of. Warchawski must be getting on a bit now but she is still putting herself in danger and fighting and shooting her way through a very difficult investigation.She is a very brave and determined person who never seems to think about retiring from her p.i job,despite her many injuries. Hurray for V.I.!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jayne on 20 Jan. 2014
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Brilliant as always. I just wished Ms Paretsky could write more as her books are always enjoyable, engaging, intelligent & well researched.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By stephen wilshaw on 16 Jan. 2014
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Another great book and as with all the previous novels it is Superbly plotted and well researched. V.I. strikes again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cxissy on 5 Jan. 2014
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This has been a fascinating read. As ever she writes so well and her characters are so meticulously drawn that you have to remind yourself that this is fiction. I have read all the books in this series and have enjoyed them all immensely.
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By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Sept. 2014
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Recently I’ve had quite a huge chunk of Crime Thrillers to make my way through and recently they’ve taken me on a journey around the world. The ones that entertained me had mystery, some wonderful twists but most of all, they had characters that I not only wanted to spend time with but were multifaceted so that I could find many likeable traits about them.

This is something that Sara does extremely well in her writing. She knows how to give the reader a cracking story with a character that can not only kick butt but one that will also be sensitive when the needs arise. It’s a fine line to tread and one that is a difficult trick to manage. All round a solid release and one that I was more than happy to spend the time with.
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