Warshawski may have left her old South Chicago neighborhood, but she learns
that she cannot escape it. When V.I. takes over coaching duties of the girls’
basketball team at her former high school, she faces an ill-equipped, ragtag
group of gangbangers, fundamentalists, and teenage moms who inevitably draw the
detective into their family woes.
young Josie Dorrado, V.I. meets the girl’s mother, who voices her worries about
sabotage in the little flag manufacturing plant where she works. The biggest
employer on the South Side, discount-store behemoth By-Smart, pays even less,
and Ms. Dorrado doesn’t know how she’ll support her four children if the flag
plant shuts down.
elder Dorrado’s fears are realized when the plant explodes; V.I. is injured and
the owner is killed. As V.I. begins to investigate, she finds herself
onfronting the Bysen family, who own the By-Smart company. Founder William “Buffalo
Bill” Bysen, now in his eighties, has four sons who quarrel with each other and
with him; the oldest, “Young Mr. William,” is close to sixty and furious that
his father doesn’t cede more power to him. And then there’s “Billy the Kid,”
Young Mr. William’s nineteen year old son, whose Christian idealism puts him on
a collision course with his father, his grandfather, and the company as a
Billy runs away with Josie Dorrado, V.I. is squeezed between the needs of two
very different families. As she tries to find the errant teenagers, and to
track down a particularly cruel murderer, her own life is almost forfeit in the
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