Body Work by Sara Paretsky
"Doctors take days off -- why not PIs?" V.I. Warshawski demands. But when America's hardest-working private eye goes clubbing, a stranger is shot and dies in her arms.

V.I. has been visiting Club Gouge, Chicago's edgiest nightspot, where a woman known as the Body Artist turns her naked body into a canvas for the audience to paint on.

The show attracts all kinds of people, from a menacing off-duty cop to Ukrainian mobsters and Iraq war vets -- and V.I.'s impetuous cousin, Petra. A tormented young painter shows up, too, and the intricate designs she creates on the Body Artist drive one of the vets into a violent rage.

When the painter is shot, the cops figure it's an easy collar -- PTSD vet goes off the rails, stalks then kills young woman. But the vet's family hires V.I. to clear his name, and the detective uncovers a chain of ugly truths that stretches all the way from Iraq to Chicago's South Side.
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    Sep-2010 (Hardcover)
    Jul-2011 (Paperback)
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Vic Warshawski takes a night off and goes to a Chicago club. There is a body artists who permits people to paint her naked body. When a young painter creates intricate designs on the body artist a patron becomes upset and charges the stage. He's asked to leave the club but later there is a shouting match outside the club between the patron and the young painter.

Later, the painter is murdered and the patron arrested for murder.

Vic is hired to clear the patron, Chad Visneski's name. Chad's father tells Vic that Chad suffers from PTSD but doesn't believe he would murder an innocent women.

Vic tries to find the body artist to learn more. She learns that the club owner was in financial trouble and borrowed from Anton Kystarnik who used his loan to have a foothold on the club. Then he could control things within the club.

The plot is complex and tightly connected in a manner that makes it enjoyable for the reader.

Vic hires a number of Iraq vets and the story moves to Iraq where there was a question that U.S. contractors may have been given faulty equipment. The corporation also sold some of this equipment to the government. When members of the corporation died, the corporation tried to bribe the members of the fallen employee's family so that they wouldn't talk about what went on in Iraq.

I enjoyed the interesting plot and engaging characters.
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