Body Work

Body Work

Audiobook CD - 2015
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"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.
Publisher: Grand Haven, MI Brilliance Audio, [2015]
Edition: Unabridged library edition
Copyright Date: ℗2010
©2010
ISBN: 9781501239342
1501239341
Branch Call Number: TALK PARETSK CD
Characteristics: audio file,CD audio
digital,optical
14 CDs (16 hr., 6 min.) : digital ; 12 cm
Additional Contributors: Ericksen, Susan

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Nineshadesofnifty Nov 09, 2011

I usually really like female detectives and this one started out great but then snowballed into something else. There was so much needless extras in this book that it was frustrating, like how she was always 'collecting' her dogs from the neighbours. You just want the story to progress and the main character is stalling by taking the dogs out, feeding them, etc. Additionally, the characters that either ask for her help (Petra) or don't want it (Karen and Clara's parents) are so unbelievable. So angry, petulant and needy that you just want her to give up on them. (Especially, since she's not getting paid for most of her investigation.) There are also long drawn out sections of 'could be' hypothetical rants that are completely off base. I really just wanted her to investigate and get "Just the facts, Ma'am." But instead she'd rather hang out and pull guess' out of thin air. Lastly, I'm not such a huge fan of the in your face feminist struggle detailed in the book. You can show female equality, feminist or humanist issues and address ongoing patriarchy within the story without having the characters painfully lecture each other. I may read another V.I. Warshawski book in the future because it is hard to find a great female private eyes but overall I'm going to continue looking for someone else to fill that role.

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Firebird049
Oct 18, 2010

Sara's best book yet - what a terrific writer!

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