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3.61 out of 53.61 out of 53.61 out of 53.61 out of 53.61 out of 5 3.61 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sara Paretsky Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN:
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Doctors take days off - why not P.I.s? 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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 2/16/2014

    " It has been many years (15? 20?) since I began reading this series, but I remember finding the earlier ones a lot more engrossing than Paretsky's more recent titles. In this particular story, I tired of the club scenes involving the Body Artist early on; some of that could have been omitted without affecting the plot. I do admire the fact that Paretsky incorporates current social issues into the fabric of her mysteries. However, I find cousin Petra annoying and wish she would "move on". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/13/2014

    " I love the V.I Warshawski series! I was disappointed in her last book Fire Sale so this is a great reminder that Paretsky hasn't taken a wrong turn. Twists and turns up to the last chapter. I love a good who-done-it. Almost gave it 3 stars instead of 4 but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 2/11/2014

    " This was great. A very exciting, typical (in a good way) V.I. Washshawski novel that is among Paretsky's best. I love the character of V.I. Warshawski, and how she does whatever it takes to get a job done. And as tough as Vic is, I love how human she is as well, and how much her friends and loved ones worry about her and the scrapes she gets into. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra Battle | 2/9/2014

    " I AM NOW RE REANDING THIS BOOK "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 1/31/2014

    " Sara P writes the best mystery fiction, I think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shellie Jeffries | 1/29/2014

    " Okay, but not my favorite Paretsky book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannie | 1/21/2014

    " Very good mystery. Love her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daena | 1/7/2014

    " The ending was more unbelievable than usually, but I love V.I. anyway. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vicki Klemm | 1/3/2014

    " Easy reading who done it. Fast, entertaining reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Philip | 11/21/2013

    " Not as good as some of the earlier books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 11/14/2013

    " Love V.I. and this book was excellent - fast paced with an intriguing plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa Wilcox | 11/1/2013

    " Not Paretsky's best. I've enjoyed her gift for bringing a gritty Chicago (and gritty heroine) alive on the page, but I had to put this one down only a couple dozen pages in --for unbelievability. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janette | 10/20/2013

    " I like her a lot, but this one was a little edgy for me. The mystery was a bit wild and hard to keep track of. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eve Woods | 10/7/2013

    " First time reading anything from Sara Paretsky. Will read more. Did guess the outcome pretty early but felt that the ending was a bit drawn out. Easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie T | 9/30/2013

    " An odd artist who lets people pain on her naked body at a club set off a chain of events that V.I. and her niece Petra find themselves involved in. A young woman ends up dead and a young soldier back from Iraq is arrested for killing her. Great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy Hilvers | 9/20/2013

    " Excellent book! Very realistic, very well written and played out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 3/10/2013

    " V.I. is actually ageing, and I like it! Paretsky writes about a feminist detective who is no nonsense about her feminist philosophy, and as usual, the read (listen) is satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 2/4/2013

    " Great fun to have VI back again, and as good as ever. Loved the depth of the characters, and the unabashedly liberal tint. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jo | 1/15/2013

    " I didn't enjoy this one as much as some of the earlier V.I. books. I find it to be a little preachy. Women detectives shouldn't have to apologize for being tough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 10/31/2012

    " Unlike several of the female crime fictions writers that I have read over the years, Paretsky consistently excels. Always can't-put-it-down suspense along with great character development! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 10/1/2012

    " I always like V. I., and this case is no exception. Vic's cousin Petra has gone to work for a shady bar owner whose chief draw is an artist who lets customers paint on her naked body. Of course, one of those customers is murdered, and it's way more complex than you first expect. Always a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aunt | 8/21/2012

    " I would have preferred to give this 3.5 stars...this was good and Paretsky's ia a "meatier" writer than some of the other stuff I read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 4/8/2012

    " Not only love her books about V. I. Warshawksi Novels, but like that they are set in Chicago. Makes me home sick for ole Chi-Town. Very good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 3/15/2012

    " One of the joys of reading a V.I. Warshawski book is the opportunity to get inside Vic's head and vicariously live in her Chicago world for a little bit. This is no exception and I am glad to know the denouement and sad to have it end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorie | 1/18/2012

    " VI Warshawski can still kick butt even at 50. She is willing to do things that I would never do! It was a good plot with good recurring characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/4/2012

    " Another fun detective story by Sara Paretsky. I think I have read most of her V.I. Warshawski series over the years. This story was very timely with G.I.'s with PTS and sleazy military contractors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianne | 10/14/2011

    " V. I. Warshawsky is great! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 5/3/2011

    " The best in this series in a while. VI is not quite as strident, while still maintaining her desire to help the underdog. Good plot - lots of twists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sc | 5/3/2011

    " Not quite as gripping as usual, but still a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 3/26/2011

    " Parkesky just keeps getting better and better...A definite "must read." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 3/17/2011

    " Hadn't read this series for awhile and I had forgotten how much I like V.I. I'm adding more to my "must read" list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 3/7/2011

    " I love the V.I Warshawski series! I was disappointed in her last book Fire Sale so this is a great reminder that Paretsky hasn't taken a wrong turn. Twists and turns up to the last chapter. I love a good who-done-it. Almost gave it 3 stars instead of 4 but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 2/28/2011

    " This is a series that has stayed fresh and exciting. The author does a great job at aging her character and having stories still seem real. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margaret | 2/28/2011

    " I liked V.I. better before she became a spokesperson for causes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 2/22/2011

    " I listened rather than read. The actress who channels V. I. has all young women speaking like Valley Girls of yore, which is off-putting, but I am still a V. I. fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/7/2011

    " Not only love her books about V. I. Warshawksi Novels, but like that they are set in Chicago. Makes me home sick for ole Chi-Town. Very good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mgupshaw | 2/7/2011

    " Enjoyed the Chicago setting. But nothing felt familiar about this one! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne | 2/5/2011

    " I think I'm tired of V.I. at this point. It's time she grew up and stopped making everything so difficult. "

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About the Author
Author Sara Paretsky

Sara Paretsky is a modern American author of detective fiction. She is credited with transforming the role and image of women in the crime novel.

About the Narrator

Susan Ericksen is an actor and voice-over artist. She has been awarded nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award. As an actor and director, she has worked in theaters throughout the country.