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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.
Crack another case with V. I. Warshawski.
©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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4 out of 5 stars
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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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 10-30-10

Body Work

Paretsky has done a good job with her new book. Susan Ericksen was great reading the story. I think she did better job than the other narrator of prior books. The idea of body art was interesting and different. Always enjoy the description of Chicago. Feels like I just took a trip there for a visit. Paretsky always has a fast pace with lots of action. Appreciated the comment about wishing that she had Abbie P. from NCIS to help her track a cell phone. But did feel there was a few times in the book she repeated her self. Can not wait for the next book.

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