Body Work by Sara Paretsky
Published by Putnam Books, an imprint of Penguin
Published in audio by Brilliance Audio
While finally taking a night off – and trying to make sure her young cousin is okay working at Club Gouge – V.I. Warshawski inadvertently witnesses the aftermath of a fatal shooting. It seems inevitable that the death of the young woman, Nadia, is tied to the provocative show put on by The Body Artist, which makes the troubled Iraq War vet Charles Vishneski a prime suspect. V.I.’s main concern initially is making sure that her cousin remains safe, but she becomes drawn deeper into this mystery when she is hired by Vishneski’s parents to help prove his innocence.
This is exactly why I decided to put on Chicago Author Month (aka, My Kind of Book). Somehow I had never heard of Sara Paretsky and V.I. Warshawski and as a Chicago-area book lover, this is an inexcusable oversight. I absolutely loved V.I., she has the same combination of grit and class as does Chicago itself. I also thought that the mystery in “Body Work” was intelligently crafted and resolved. There was a very smart political element to the story that I really appreciated.
Perhaps my favorite thing about “Body Work” was the discovery that Paretsky has a huge backlist which can now be added to my wishlist. Highly recommended.
Note: If you are interested in the fabulous audio edition of this title, I reviewed it for Audio File Magazine.
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