The enigmatic performer known as the Body Artist takes the stage at Chicago's Club Gouge and allows her audience to use her naked body as a canvas for their impromptu illustrations. V. I. Warshawski watches as people step forward, some meek, some bold, to make their mark.
The evening takes a strange turn when one woman's sketch triggers a violent outburst from a man at a nearby table. Quickly subdued, the man - an Iraqi war vet - leaves the club. Days later, the woman is shot outside the club. She dies in V.I.'s arms, and the police move quickly to arrest the angry vet.
A shooting in Chicago is nothing new, certainly not to V.I., who is hired by the vet's family to clear his name. As V.I. seeks answers, her investigation will take her from the North Side of Chicago to the far reaches of the Gulf War.
"Starred Review. This strong outing shows why the tough, fiercely independent, dog-loving private detective continues to survive." - Publishers Weekly
"Another solid entry in a popular series." - Booklist
"Paretsky plays out her trademark political and social themes not with rhetoric, but with a compelling story of lives shattered by pride, greed and fear of the unknown." - Kirkus
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Rated of 5
Sara Paretsky has done what many authors have trouble doing, keeping the long running Warshawski series fresh and captivating. She has in fact, gotten better with every novel. In body work she has mixed the Chicago art scene with the Iraq war and the problems Iraqi veterans have when returning to a regular life. One also learns interesting facts about Chicago along the way.
Sara Paretsky is the author of sixteen books, including her renowned V. I. Warshawski novels. Her many awards include the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers' Association. She lives in Chicago.
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