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The performer known as the Body Artist takes the stage at Chicago''s Club Gouge and allows her audience to use her naked body as a canvas for their impromptu illustrations. Days later, the woman is shot outside the club and dies in V.I.''s arms. As V.I. seeks answers, her investigation will take her from the North Side of Chicago to the far reaches of the Gulf War.
Sara Paretsky grew up in Lawrence, Kansas. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas and later attended the University of Chicago, where she received her doctorate degree. The recipient of the Silver Dagger Award from the Crime Writers Association, Sara Paretsky is an accomplished writer of mysteries. Her novels feature the detective-heroine V. I. Warshawski, a wily investigator who specializes in crimes that involve women clients and touch upon issues politically relevant to women. In her own words, Sara Paretsky is an "outspoken opponent of sadistic violence perpetrated against women in detective fiction." She is one of the founding members of Sisters in Crime and has been recognized as one of "Ms." magazine's Women of the Year.
"This strong outing shows why the tough, fiercely independent, dog-loving private detective continues to survive." (starred review)
"Paretsky is careful and conscientious...and even her subplots are loaded with provocative ideas."
From the Publisher
On an unusual night out on the town, private investigator V.I. Warshawski witnesses a bizarre violent episode that connects to a murder. Keeping an eye her young cousin, Petra, V.I. tags along to an arty nightclub. There, an artist invites audience members to paint her nude body as part of a performance, but what one woman paints provokes an unexpectedly aggressive outbreak from an Iraq veteran. When a corpse turns up, the veteran becomes the primary suspect, and V.I.--who has a blossoming romance to think about, as well--gets asked to find out what's really going on.