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.
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
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.