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Body Work
by Sara Paretsky
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Signet, 2011 (2010)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

I always think of author Sara Paretsky with awe. She writes so well with great authority about the subjects she chooses for her novels. Her characters come alive on every page. Her scenes give the illusion that you are a part of the plot and see and feel all that happens. And a lot happens in Body Work.

PI V.I. Warshawski is having a night off at Club Gouge, the 'edgiest nightspot in Chicago'. A performer, whose stage name is Body Artist uses her naked body and allows her audience to express themselves with body paint on stage. V.I's evening ends when a stranger dies in her arms.

Ukrainian mobsters as well as Iraqi war vets and an off-duty cop make their appearances. So does V.I.'s impetuous young cousin Petra. The designs on the artist's body set an army veteran off. The man is on the edge and V.I. is determined to save him. If the government won't do it she will.

As always, even though this book is 443 pages long, it still wasn't long enough for me. I became fixated on a book that I missed when it was published five years ago. I am so glad I found it, nestled on a shelf and have now passed it on to someone I know who also loves Paretsky's work.

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