Image of Critical Mass (A V.I. Warshawski Novel)


Image of Critical Mass (A V.I. Warshawski Novel)

Paretsky’s latest V.I. Warshawski novel gives the reader an intriguing mystery with a generational plot that makes this one of her best in a series that is already pretty spectacular. The characters are well defined and their interactions are often laced with ironic humor. The story is historically and scientifically informative yet fast paced and filled with action.

V.I.’s friend Lotty Herschel asks her to find the drug-addicted daughter of a family friend. What initially looks like a case of a drug deal gone bad turns out to be more complex. The present-day troubles are linked to the shared history of the two families in Vienna at the onset of World War II. Secrets regarding the development of the first atomic bomb continue to be potentially deadly for the family of Lotty’s childhood acquaintance. (PUTNAM, Oct., 480 pp., $26.95)
Reviewed by: 
Roseann Marlett