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Body Work: A V.I. Warshawski Novel

 
 
Author
Sara Paretsky.
Publisher Putnam  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.5 inches
ISBN 9780399156748
Pages/Publication Date 443/2010
Daedalus Item Code 61625
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America's hardest-working private eye goes clubbing in this 14th mystery in Sara Paretsky's Gold Dagger Award–winning V.I. "Vic" Warshawski series (following Hardball). Vic has been keeping an eye on her cousin Petra at Club Gouge, Chicago's edgiest nightspot, where Karen Buckley, known as the Body Artist, offers her nude body as a canvas for the audience to paint on. The show attracts all kinds of people, from a menacing off-duty cop to Ukrainian mobsters, as well as a tormented young woman named Nadia, who paints the same intricate designs night after night on Karen's back, sending Iraq war vet Chad Vishneski into a violent rage. When Nadia is shot and dies in Vic's arms, the cops want Chad for the murder, but his family hires Vic to find the real killer. Since 1982, when V.I. Warshawski first appeared in Indemnity Only, Chicago author Paretsky has been helping transform the image of women in crime fiction, and in the process has been named an MWA Grand Master and earned the CWA's Diamond Dagger. Hot-tempered and fiercely independent, Vic is unafraid of physical confrontations, relying on her karate skills and her Smith & Wesson.

"Paretsky's superb 14th novel featuring PI V.I. Warshawski ... delves into Chicago's avant-garde art scene.... Hired by Chad's estranged parents to clear his name, Warshawski straddles a minefield that reaches from the Windy City's neighborhoods to the Gulf War battlefields. 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 (starred review)

 
 
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