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Publishers Weekly gives Body Work a Star

Body Work
Sara Paretsky, Putnam, $26.95 (432p) ISBN 978-0-399-15674-8
Paretsky’s superb 14th novel featuring PI V.I. Warshawski (after Hardball) delves into Chicago’s avant-garde art scene. At the trendy Club Gouge, where Warshawski is keeping an eye on Petra, a young cousin who caused trouble in the previous book, performance artist Karen Buckley (aka the Body Artist) invites members of the audience to step on stage to paint her nude body. The intricate design that one woman paints on Karen’s back provokes a violent outburst from Chad Vishneski, a troubled Iraqi war veteran. When two nights later, someone shoots the woman who upset Chad outside the club, Chad is the logical murder suspect. Hired by Chad’s estranged parents to clear his name, Warshawski straddles a minefield that reaches from the Windy City’s neighborhoods to the Gulf War battlefields. Scenes with her aging neighbor and a new love interest give a much needed balance to the serious plot. This strong outing shows why the tough, fiercely independent, dog-loving private detective continues to survive. (Sept.)

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  • Great review – now I can hardly wait!

  • The only detective i love more than Warshawski is Mr Holmes himself.

  • Thanks, bag lady, and eyoki–what a wonderful compliment!

  • This is very exciting! Can’t wait to read it.

  • G.H. Carleu

    My freshman chemistry prof at princeton in 1949 was prof Turkiwicz [spelling?]. Why did you include his name, only once that I saw, in Body Work?

  • Tony Turiewicz was a professor of chemistry at the Fermi Institute in Chicago friom the 1950’s through the 1980’s. Perhaps he was first at Princeton–I can’t find his biography

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