Brush Back (A V.I. Warshawski Novel)
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A Washington Post Best Mystery of 2015
V.I. Warshawski finds herself in a dangerous web of politics in the latest mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Critical Mass.
No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but she’d happily avoid tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s what she ends up doing when she responds to a plea for help from an old high school flame, Frank Guzzo.
Frank’s mother Stella was convicted of killing his kid sister, but now that she’s out of prison, she’s looking for exoneration. Even though the Warshawskis and Stella never got along, V. I. agrees to make a few inquiries after she sees how hard life has been on Frank and her other childhood friends.
Only, that small favor leads her straight into the vipers’ nest of Illinois politics—and soon her main question isn’t about Stella’s case but whether or not she’ll make it out of this investigation alive...
Includes a Bonus Short Story!
Guzzo murder story. “I never could understand why Mandel & McClelland took the case, or why poor Joel, who had a crush on Annie, agreed to represent Stella, but he told me Mandel saw his car outside the Guzzo house and threatened to turn him over to the cops if he didn’t defend Stella. It had never occurred to him that Mandel could have been Annie’s killer.” “Maybe because Joel had already killed her himself,” Conrad snarled. “Yeah, right, that’s a possibility. I don’t believe it after spending
jealousy of Boom-Boom, he’d probably felt a certain Schadenfreude at the thought of fingering my cousin. I pulled out a photocopy of the condolence letter Annie had written my dad when Gabriella died. “Does this look like her writing to you?” He read it, hunched a sullen shoulder. “I guess, if you say so.” “Yep. I say so. The original is in a safe, but if I can get a subpoena, I am going to force your mother to produce the book you hid in Annie’s dresser drawer. And then it will be an ugly
could try to get at Rory Scanlon? If you’re framing him as punishment for upending Tony’s life, you are playing a dangerous game.” “Tap-dancing, clowning and playing a dangerous game? Way more energetic than I’m up to after getting my nose broken and a whole lot of other injuries.” I leaned forward and kissed Bobby’s cheek. “You know my parents’ memories are sacred to me, Bobby, so anything is possible, but I’m more concerned about someone getting a green light for murder just because he put a
it your way for two days. If you don’t find out anything and start acting on it—” “You will return to Canada so that you don’t get arrested and deported.” It took an effort not to shout at her. For the first time I began to see how hard it had been on my mother when Boom-Boom and I went roaring off without a thought of the consequences. “What would you do if I showed up at one of your games and started telling you how to play?” “You don’t know enough about hockey to tell me anything.”
He’s an Insane Dragon, you can tell by the tattoos.” Under his floodlight I saw the dragons circling the creep’s arms. He even had a dragon head on his neck, the tongue licking toward an ear. “You need a doctor, but we need a statement, too,” the cop added. Three more squad cars pulled up, half-blocking Commercial, their strobes pulsing like so many giant fireflies. Three officers picked their way through the rubble in the vacant lot. One of them stood in the road, directing traffic around the