In the crime genre, female characters are usually typecast as femme fatales or damsels in distress. Sara Paretsky challenged that standard with V.I. Warshawski, a complex and tough female private detective. A fan of opera, a devoted drinker of Johnny Walker, good with her fists and a Smith & Wesson, self-appointed champion of the little guy and above all, intelligent, Warshawski ain't no shrinking violet. Paretsky's new novel, Hardball, is lucky number thirteen in the Chicago-based series. Paretsky discusses all things Warshawski tonight in a free lecture at 7 p.m. at the Ethical Society of St. Louis (9001 Clayton Road, Ladue) as the guest of Left Bank Books. Call 314-367-6731 or visit www.left-bank.com for more information.
Tue., Sept. 29, 2009

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