Body Work

Body Work

Book - 2010
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The audacious new V. I. Warshawski novel from the New York Times -bestselling author


"Doctors take days off--why not PIs?" V.I. Warshawski demands. But when America's hardest-working private eye goes clubbing, a stranger is shot and dies in her arms.

V.I. has been visiting Club Gouge, Chicago's edgiest nightspot, where a woman known as the Body Artist turns her naked body into a canvas for the audience to paint on.

The show attracts all kinds of people, from a menacing off-duty cop to Ukrainian mobsters and Iraq war vets--and V.I.'s impetuous cousin, Petra. A tormented young painter shows up, too, and the intricate designs she creates on the Body Artist drives on of the vets into a violent rage.

When the painter is shot, the cops figure it's an easy collar--PTSD vet goes off the rails, stalks then kills young woman. But the vet's family hires V.I. to clear his name, and the detective uncovers a chain of ugly truths that stretch all the way from Iraq to Chicago's South Side.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2010.
ISBN: 9780399156748
Characteristics: 443 p. ; 24 cm.

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rlbecker Sep 01, 2011

This is a wonderfully Chicago mystery story. I loved the sense of the Chicago neighborhoods and suburban areas that are conveyed. The charcters are unique and colorful. V I Warshawski is once again a tough but sensitive PI who uses her wits and her many friends to help her solve a complex and diabolical crime. She makes some new friends along the way. The body artist is one of the most cleverly written characters I have read about in a long time. The Iraq war veterans are well-written and their story is timely.

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Mar 26, 2011

Similar to Paretsky's other novels. A quick read and good story telling with mystery and intrigue

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