A masteful collection of nine V.I. Warhawski short stories, set in Chicago, from prize-winning crime author Sara Paretsky. In 'Grace Notes', V.I. sees an ad in the local paper asking about her deceased mother. As she investigates, she discovers her newfound Italian cousin Vico, who's looking for music composed by their great-grandmother. What's the score? Something to kill for? In 'The Pietro Andromache', V.I.'s friend Lotty is found with motive and means to dispatch her professional rival and steal his priceless statue. Lotty didn't do it - but does she know who did? As V.I. looks into it, she soon finds it's not a pretty picture at all ...And in 'Strung Out', V.I. is quick to learn that love means nothing as her old friend's tennis-champion daughter is under suspicion for strangling her father with a racket string.