Book: Paretsky Sara «Breakdown»

Breakdown

Производитель: "Penguin Group"

Carmilla, Queen of the Night, is a shape-shifting raven whose fictional exploits thrill girls all over the world. When tweens in Chicago`s Carmilla Club hold an initiation ritual in an abandoned cemetery, they stumble on an actual corpse, a man stabbed through the heart in a vampire-style slaying. The girls include daughters of some of Chicago`s most powerful families: The grandfather of one, Chaim Salanter, is one of the world`s wealthiest men; the mother of another, Sophy Durango, is the Illinois Democratic candidate for Senate. For V. I. Warshawski, the questions multiply faster than the answers. Is the killing linked to a hostile media campaign against Sophy Durango? Or to Chaim Salanter`s childhood in Nazi-occupied Lithuania? As V. I. struggles for answers, she finds herself fighting enemies who are all too human.

Издательство: "Penguin Group" (2012)

ISBN: 978-0-451-23854-2

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Paretsky, Sara

▪ American author
born June 8, 1947, Ames, Iowa, U.S.

      American mystery writer credited with breaking the gender barrier in detective fiction (detective story) with her popular series of novels featuring V.I. Warshawski, a female private investigator. Her books are set in and around Chicago.

      After she received a Ph.D. in history and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1977, Paretsky worked for a large insurance company until she began to write full-time in 1985. It was with Indemnity Only (1982) that her wisecracking, independent, passionate, and compassionate female private detective was created.

      In other V.I. Warshawski novels, such as Deadlock (1984) and Killing Orders (1985), the sleuth becomes the target of violence and learns of conspiracies involving big business, organized crime, and (in Killing Orders) the Roman Catholic church. Paretsky explored social issues in many of her books, including Bitter Medicine (1987), which deals with abortion rights and the medical community, Burn Marks (1990), Guardian Angel (1992), and Tunnel Vision (1994). Many critics considered Paretsky's best novel to be Blood Shot (1988), which follows V.I.'s search for an old friend's missing father and her discovery that ruthless chemical company executives are poisoning her childhood neighbourhood for material gain. Paretsky broke from her heroine with the publication of Ghost Country (1998), which features a pair of debutante sisters as amateur detectives, but she returned to V.I. in Hard Time (1999). Subsequent books in the series include Total Recall (2001), in which V.I. investigates a man claiming to be a Holocaust survivor, and Blacklist (2003), which is set in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks and uses the backdrop of a murder mystery to criticize the U.S. government's expanded policing powers. In Fire Sale (2005), V.I. becomes embroiled in a mystery involving a local discount store when she takes over coaching the girls' basketball team at her former high school.

      In the mid-1980s Paretsky helped found Sisters in Crime to promote the work of other women mystery writers and to challenge the publication of crime stories marred by gratuitous violence against women. She edited A Woman's Eye, a collection of crime stories by women, in 1991. Writing in an Age of Silence, a memoir, was published in 2007.

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Источник: Paretsky, Sara

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