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Body Work

Thriller by Sara Paretsky

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The body artist

  • Oct 28, 2010

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. The investigation is perhaps the toughest she’s ever encountered, but lies, cover-ups, and chicanery always bring out her tenacious side. Petra, now a recurring character in the series, is her typical petulant self, complicating Vic’s efforts, but she also manages to save Vic’s life. This is an intelligent but complicated plot, with scenes that evoke visceral reactions, so it’s not an easy book to read, but it is a rewarding one. The denouement is particularly surprising, as VI takes an risky step out of her personal comfort zone. Another first rate novel from Paretsky.
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October 27, 2011
Enjoyed your review of this, I enjoyed the book also and thought the author really gave the reader something to think about. Mike
October 28, 2010
Nice review, Linda. Sounds like a thinking man's detective novel, something that deals with issues and real life as well as just the mystery.
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review by . January 25, 2011
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.   …
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After 21 years as a school psychologist, I now work part-time at two local historical museums, giving tours and teaching special programs. This leaves me more time to enjoy my little grandchildren, and … more
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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.
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ISBN-10: 0399156747
ISBN-13: 978-0399156748
Author: Sara Paretsky
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Date Published: 08-31-2010
Format: hard cover
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