Hard-Boiled Dames 

Traditionally, women have had a limited role in the world of hard-boiled detective fiction. Or rather roles. Two: The one who hurts the hero or the one whose hurt gives the hero purpose. But in the early '80s V.I. Warshawski, a tough-minded, gutsy heroine, was introduced to the genre; over the course of thirty years and fifteen books she's survived and bested sex, thugs, rock & roll (and a Kathleen Turner movie) to emerge as one of the preeminent detectives of contemporary mystery fiction. Come to hear and stay to meet Warshawski's creator, Chicago based-author Sara Paretsky, tonight at 7 p.m. at the headquarters branch of the St. Louis County Library (1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Frontenac; 314-994-3300 or www.slcl.org) as she tours in support of her latest Warshawski title, Critical Mass. The event is free and books will be available for purchase through Barnes & Noble.
Tue., Oct. 29, 2013

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