I had the once in a lifetime experience of seeing Sara Parestsky at a local bookstore event and hearing what she had to say about her new V.I. Warshawski novel “Critical Mass”. She had this wonderful story to tell about a date with her husband to be and his talking exuberantly about a physics theory her was interested in. She knew nothing of physics but she was absolutely charmed by the glow of his intellectual ardor for this topic and it was part of why she came to love him.
Critical Mass is about present day scientists and programmers and past (World War II) atomic scientists who all come together over the course of a very twisted plot.
V.I.’s longtime friend Lotty is uncharacteristically not helpful as V.I. tries to unwind the past and the present.
V.I. Warshawski is such a wonderful character. Down to earth, she easily moves through the roughest neighborhoods and the swankiest realms of society. Comfortable everywhere and nowhere, she has carved out for herself a world with a few solid friends, her dogs, her home, and memories of her parents who still guide her decisions and values.
If you remember some old detective shows like Mannix and others around that time with heroes who kept getting beaten up physically and they just kind of pull themselves together and go back out on the streets, that’s V.I. Warshawski. Tough as nails.
She also has a habit of mentoring young girls and women in the books at just the right juncture in their lives so that they are able to turn things around for themselves and move forward as independent, courageous, deep thinking individuals, just like V.I. herself.
Critical Mass is the 18th V. I. Warshawski novel.
Visit Paretsky’s site for the other novels in the series and information on the remarkable author and creator of V.I.