V.I. Warshawski's latest case has alreasy opened up old wounds. But when a silky voice on the phone threatened to throw acid in her eyes, V.I. knew this one could finish her off with some brand-new ones. The sour-faced old aunt she had agreed to help was accused of stealing millions in stock certificates from a pious order of Dominican brothers. V.I. knew the woman was a witch, not a thief, and she soon smelled something rotten in the sanctum sanctorum of Chicago's most powerful movers and shakers -- the Church and the Mob. Now someone wants to see V.I. burn in hell. But this tough cookie of a private eye had her back up, a brand-new Smith & Wesson, and a daring plan to make the bad guys go to the devil first
Because begging doesn't come naturally to her aunt Rosa, V.I. suspects that the old battle-ax must be in big trouble if she's asking for help. And V.I. is right. Rosa is under investigation by the FBI and the SEC after counterfeit securities are found at the Priory of St. Albertus Magnus, where she serves as treasurer. As malicious as her aunt is, V.I. knows the older woman is not dishonest, so she agrees to take the case. But she doesn't realize how high the stakes are until she begins to sniff out a connection between Chicago's most powerful institutions: the Church and the mob. And when a menacing voice on the phone threatens to pour acid into her eyes if she doesn't butt out, V.I. starts to question which is stronger: her love of family...or of life.
Another great Sarah Paretsky.
V.I. is a favorite PI--great adventure for her.
A VI Warshawski Novel
A favor for a family member puts VI on the defensive - and caught between two of Chicago's most deep-rooted hierarchies...