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The Fire Next Time

Episode 4 of 6

Hired and fired by Aunt Rosa, dark dealings dismay private investigator VI Warshawski. Stars Kathleen Turner and Martin Shaw. From November 1991.

The private eye is convinced Agnes's murder is linked to a covert takeover bid for Ajax insurance, but can she prove it?

Sara Paretsky's thriller stars Kathleen Turner as Chicago private eye, VI Warshawski.

With Martin Shaw as Roger Ferrant, Avril Clark as Gabriella, Don Fellows as Father Carroll, Eileen Way as Rosa, Lorelei King as Barbara Paciorek, Helen Horton as Mrs Paciorek, William Hootkins as Bobby Mallory, John Bennett as O'Faolin, Kerry Shale as Murray Ryerson, Colin Stinton as Father Pelly and Peter Penry-Jones as Father Jablonski.

Sara Paretsky 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".

Kathleen Turner also starred in the same role in the 1991 film 'VI Warshawski'.

Dramatised by Michelene Wandor.

Director: Janet Whitaker

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1991.

30 minutes