Sara Paretsky: ‘Critical Mass’

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Marietta Blau was a pioneering nuclear physicist with a gender handicap. More than 40 years after her death, she has an unlikely place in the spotlight: as the inspiration for Sara Paretsky’s new V.I. Warshawski detective novel, Critical Mass.

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Sara Paretsky

Sara Paretsky is author of Critical Mass (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2013). She’s based in Chicago, Illinois.

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