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    • ISBN:9781844568499
    • Publication date:02 Oct 2008

Killing Orders

V.I. Warshawski 3

By Sara Paretsky

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The feisty, tough and shrewd heroine appears in her third adventure in the V.I. Warshawski series, from one of America's greatest female crime writers.

Years ago V.I. Warshawski's Aunt Rosa treated the detective's beloved mother in an unforgiveable way. Now, after she's accused of stealing $3 million from the Dominican priory where she works, Rosa calls upon the ties of blood to clear her name.

V.I. is not prepared to forgive so easily. Until suddenly no one else - the FBI, a threatening phone caller, and even Aunt Rosa herself - appears to want her on the case either. V.I. turns to an old friend for help. But the stakes are higher than she could have realised . . .

Biographical Notes

Sara Paretsky is the author of fourteen books, including twelve V I Warshawski novels. She 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.

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  • ISBN: 9780340935149
  • Publication date: 10 Jan 2008
  • Page count: 336
  • Imprint: Hodder Paperbacks
How enjoyable to settle down with a new book by Sara Paretsky. — Sunday Telegraph
With the creation of V.I. Warshawski, Sara Paretsky did more than anyone to change the face of contemporary women's fiction. — Express on Sunday
Warshawski's darkest outing, with no sign that her creator is flagging. Paretsky has written a novel in which a great deal is stripped bare, including Warshawski's innermost anxieties about herself, producing a narrative as gripping as it is emotionally wrenching. — JOAN SMITH, Sunday Times
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