Body Work (V. I. Warshawski Series #14)

Body Work (V. I. Warshawski Series #14)

by Sara Paretsky
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Body Work (V. I. Warshawski Series #14) by Sara Paretsky

“V.I. Warshawski is back—intelligent, tough, sarcastic and trouble-prone as ever....Body Work isn’t just a satisfying whodunnit; it’s a rich, well-written why-dunnit, striking some surprising chords that will resonate long after you finish the final page.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Chicago’s Club Gouge attracts an eclectic audience, from bohemian types to Ukranian mobsters to young men just back from the war. And tonight, V.I. Warshawski is in the crowd too. The edgy stage show stars The Body Artist, who invites audience members to draw on her naked flesh. But things get a lot edgier when a woman sketches a picture on the Body Artist—and one of the veterans flies into a drunken rage. Next thing V.I. knows, she’s cradling the woman’s dying body in an alley, and a PTSD-stricken soldier is presumed guilty. But he’s also comatose after a drug overdose, and the mystery of what exactly set him off—and what kinds of shady activities are really happening at Club Gouge—will lead V.I. to a truth as explosive as the IEDs that lurk on the roadsides of Iraq.

Bonus in this Edition: A Short Story Featuring V.I. Warshawski

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781444700237
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date: 06/28/2011
Series: V. I. Warshawski Series , #14

About the Author

Sara Paretsky is the New York Times bestselling author of the renowned V.I. Warshawski novels. Her many awards include the Cartier Diamond Dagger Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Crime Writers' Association and the 2011 Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award. She lives in Chicago.


Chicago, Illinois

Date of Birth:

June 8, 1947

Place of Birth:

Ames, Iowa


B.A., Political Science, University of Kansas; Ph.D. and M.B.A., University of Chicago

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Body Work (V.I. Warshawski Series #14) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 114 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
At Chicago's in Club Gouge, private investigator V.I. Warshawski is watching her troublesome younger cousin Petra. On stage, trendy performance artist Karen "The Body Artist" Buckley encourages her audience to join her in order to use her naked body as a canvas to paint on. One participant draws an elaborate design on the back of Karen; however, Iraqi War veteran Chad Vishneski is outraged with the picture and lets everyone knows as he shouts profanities. Two nights later, the "Body Artist" whose body painting caused the outburst is shot dead near Club Gouge. The police name Chad a person of interest. His concerned estranged parents hire Warshawski to prove their troubled son did not kill the woman. Her inquiry drifts back and forth between the Chicago war zone and the Middle East theaters of operation, but each step the detective takes seems filled with IEDs. The latest Warshawski Hardball noir is a strong entry as the kick butt sleuth takes no prisoners while working the mean streets of Chicago's North Side. Action packed and tough on the case yet sensitive in her personal relationships, fans of the long running series will conclude V.I. Warshawski (and Sara Paretsky) still has it. Harriet Klausner
KenCady More than 1 year ago
I didn't care for the characters, the writing, or the plot of this novel. I understand that women may find it more appealing as it involves a woman detective and several women victimized, but even so, women are entitled to a good story too. The lesbian underculture involving a body artist who paints gruesome things to degrade her body is not going to be universally appealing. In short, nothing worked for me here, and I regretted getting the book.
whateverCW More than 1 year ago
She could have left out at least 100 pages of this book. It was difficult to follow, the plot rambled and don't get me started about the ending. Her first books were excellent, the last 2 are not worth wasting your time on.
AreaderAR More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry I just found nothing likeable about the characters in this story, this after reading 100 pages of a 300+ book. I liked Warshawski, just not the cast of this story.
mycritic More than 1 year ago
Trying a bit too hard to be something different and unique but doesn't put any thought into realy getting there, a bit disappointed.
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
V.I. Warshawski with her niece Petra. Petra is working in a club that features an artist known as the "the Body Artist" where patrons painting what they want on her nude body. Warshawski is asked to check out the club by her niece who thinks some strange things are going on. Soon, she is trying to save a woman who was just stabbed and eventually is hired to protect the name of an American soldier accused of the crime. This story has Vic getting beat up, not getting enough sleep and getting into too much trouble. Let's see what she does in her next book.
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This one was pretty good mainly due to an unusual plot. I felt that the book was a bit too lengthy for the story. It would have read better with a faster pace and a hundred or so pages less. The author seems to think she has to do 400 pages per book when 250-300 is still a good length for a novel. Also, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who can' t deal with how Paretsky perodically tries to push the liberal agenda onto the reader. Otherwise, it is a good read but not fantastic. Stephanie Clanahan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the most boring, boring book, over 280 pages and Vic did not know anthing. Plus a paragraph that is an exact duplicate of one in another book, starring Vic. And the same story line about a cousin, young getting into trouble, losing job and going to wirk for Viv. The exact same story line. Who needs it. I do not, last book of this authors I sm going to read
Silverlightlee More than 1 year ago
I stopped reading these books some years ago because they were too depressing and violent. This book was interesting, not overly violent, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Vic is ageing well.
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reader01CK More than 1 year ago
Was really disappointed in this one. Not as good as many of her others.
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