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Publisher's Summary

“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 drive one 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 stretches all the way from Iraq to Chicago’s South Side.
©2010 Sara Paretsky (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Paretsky’s superb 14th novel featuring PI V.I. Warshawski (after Hardball) delves into Chicago’s avant-garde art scene.... Scenes with her aging neighbor and a new love interest give a much needed balance to the serious plot. This strong outing shows why the tough, fiercely independent, dog-loving private detective continues to survive." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Eva Gannon on 10-05-10

VI Grows Up

In this book, a soldier suffering from PTSD after three tours of duty in Iraq/Afghanistan, is accused of murder. VI is hired by the parents to clear him. What follows is highly entertaining, another well woven tale in the series. There's just enough wry humor to be satisfying.


What interested me most is VI's self-assessment. She's 50ish, no longer young, a point driven home by almost every other character. She's questioning her vocation as a private investigator, and asking what she has to show for her life. If there's another book in the series, it will be interesting to see if it's the last, and if so, how VI retires.

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By Cheryl on 10-19-10

Sad for Sara

Well, I hate to say it, but Sara Paretsky has really lost her touch. It's been a long time since I've read a V. I. Warshawski, and I wish I had passed this one up. I don't know if would have been any better if I'd read it instead of listening to it. The story line was a good idea, but it just seems like it was tritely done. Practically everyone in the story was mean, argumentative, pissy, and any other adjective you can think of. Wow, even Vic's best friends and relatives were mean and argumentative. Really disappointed, wish I hadn't wasted one of my monthly credits. Sad.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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