Having read almost everything else my local bookshop has to offer from this fantastic author, I began this novel with a great expectations, and I was not disappointed. This review gives a real glance at V.I.'s childhood and the backward South Side Chicago where she grew up.V.I. cannot say no to the brat she used to babysit as a teenager and is lead on an engaging search through chemical waste, mysterious doctors, anonymous phonecalls and heavenly brandy. The book creates the perfect balance between financial crime on a huge scale and personal crime on a smaller scale. At the end of the novel, the reader is left wondering which is more awful. The social realism in the novel is intense - Paretsky points out just how evil man can be. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a good mystery, feels enraged at the state of the world, or believes that sexism has died out in the world - it hasn't.