By Sara Paretsky
The very last thing V.I. Warshawski used to be looking ahead to while she confirmed up at Chicago's membership Gouge used to be that she'd finally end up cradling a loss of life functionality artist in an alley. A PTSD-stricken soldier is presumed responsible of the homicide, yet it is as much as V.I. to determine what different types of shady actions are relatively taking place at membership Gouge...
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Com For Jo Anne, Jolynn, and Kathryn Thanks for helping keep the rickety C-Dog ship afloat all these years THANKS Thanks to Dr. Bill Ernoehazy for his advice on forensic evidence, and on preparing autopsy reports. For reasons of the story, I didn’t follow his advice to the letter, so please don’t be dismayed if you think Captain Edwards should have acted differently. On a happier note, thanks to Edwina Wolstencroft and the Early Music Show for advice on Jake Thibaut’s song. Ms. Wolstencroft directed me to the trobairitz, who I’d never heard of before.
I added sharply when she didn’t answer. She looked up at me, her mascaraed lashes brushing her brows. “I don’t know. I mean, I know people there are using—you’re running around, waiting tables, you see who’s putting stuff up their noses or into their drinks or whatever—but I never saw any sign that Olympia was using or even dealing. I did ask Mark—Mark Alexander, her bouncer—and he says Olympia doesn’t tolerate drugs in the club . . ” I nodded but took Mark’s assurances with a grain of salt.
She’d stopped taking money from her parents after learning about a serious crime her father had spent his life covering up, and she wasn’t used to looking after herself full-time. Jake waited, a little impatiently, while I tried to talk Petra out of applying for work at the club. “Don’t be a snob, Vic,” he said. “I was a roadie in clubs like this all through my twenties, didn’t do me any harm. Let’s go. ” I followed him into the bitter night. The backup at the parking lot exit looked as though it might take twenty minutes, but an alley ran behind the club; I turned my Mustang around and eased my way against the flow of the traffic.