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With her murder probe expanding, private detective VI Warshawski opts to employ some unusual methods in an attempt to trap the perpetrators.

Sara Paretsky's thriller stars Sharon Gless as VI Warshawski. With Eleanor Bron as Lottie Herschel, Bill Hootkins as Lt Bobby Mallory, William Dufris as Peter Burgoyne and Kerry Shale as Murray Ryerson.

Sara Paretsky has created one of the most popular female sleuths in modern crime fiction. Her heroine, VI Warshawski, is a strong female character in a male-dominated world. VI is comfortable packing heat and trailing nasty suspects but she never loses touch with her basic femininity. Paretsky says of her Warshawski: "I was troubled by the way women were portrayed in (detective fiction) they always seemed either evil or powerless. I thought it was time for a tough, smart, likeable female private investigator".

Dramatist: Michelene Wandor

Producer: Janet Whitaker

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1996.

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30 minutes

Last on

Sat 3 Oct 2015 01:00