A shooting in Chicago is nothing new, certainly not to V.I., who is hired by a veteran's family to clear his name after his arrest for the murder of a performer known as the Body Artist. As V.I. seeks answers, her investigation will take her from the North Side of Chicago to the far reaches of the Gulf War.
Sara Paretsky continues to compel her readers to confront uncomfortable truths about American society. In Body Work, she takes on the evils of war, corrupt corporate scheming, PTSD, and the exploitation of women. VI is hired by the father of an Iraq combat veteran, accused of murdering a young woman outside a seamy nightclub. Vic’s cousin Petra has taken a job there, and Vic’s familiar with the current act, in which patrons are invited to paint upon the body of a naked woman. … more
There is a body artist who works in a Chicago night club. She permits customers to paint her naked body on stage. Her image is posted on a web-cam. Then, she sells the images to the public. V.I. Warshawski witnesses an ugly scene when a young painter creates intricate designs on the body artist. An intoxicated man makes accusations and is asked to leave the club. As Vic is leaving the club she witnesses the intoxicated man and the painter having a shouting match. … more