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Body Work Audiobook

Body Work: A V. I. Warshawski Novel

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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.

Crack another case with V. I. Warshawski.

©2010 Sara Paretsky (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Paretsky’s superb 14th novel featuring PI V.I. Warshawski (after Hardball) delves into Chicago’s avant-garde art scene.... 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." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 10-05-10
    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 10-05-10 Member Since 2017
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    "VI Grows Up"

    In this book, a soldier suffering from PTSD after three tours of duty in Iraq/Afghanistan, is accused of murder. VI is hired by the parents to clear him. What follows is highly entertaining, another well woven tale in the series. There's just enough wry humor to be satisfying.


    What interested me most is VI's self-assessment. She's 50ish, no longer young, a point driven home by almost every other character. She's questioning her vocation as a private investigator, and asking what she has to show for her life. If there's another book in the series, it will be interesting to see if it's the last, and if so, how VI retires.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Long Beach, CA, United States 10-19-10
    Cheryl Long Beach, CA, United States 10-19-10 Member Since 2004

    All mysteries all the time, that's what I read. I joined Audible when I started having a long commute. Now I listen everywhere!

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    "Sad for Sara"

    Well, I hate to say it, but Sara Paretsky has really lost her touch. It's been a long time since I've read a V. I. Warshawski, and I wish I had passed this one up. I don't know if would have been any better if I'd read it instead of listening to it. The story line was a good idea, but it just seems like it was tritely done. Practically everyone in the story was mean, argumentative, pissy, and any other adjective you can think of. Wow, even Vic's best friends and relatives were mean and argumentative. Really disappointed, wish I hadn't wasted one of my monthly credits. Sad.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-30-10
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-30-10 Member Since 2017

    I am an avid eclectic reader

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    "Body Work"

    Paretsky has done a good job with her new book. Susan Ericksen was great reading the story. I think she did better job than the other narrator of prior books. The idea of body art was interesting and different. Always enjoy the description of Chicago. Feels like I just took a trip there for a visit. Paretsky always has a fast pace with lots of action. Appreciated the comment about wishing that she had Abbie P. from NCIS to help her track a cell phone. But did feel there was a few times in the book she repeated her self. Can not wait for the next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Meggin McIntosh Reno, NV 04-02-11
    Dr. Meggin McIntosh Reno, NV 04-02-11 Member Since 2016

    Meggin McIntosh, Ph.D. 'The Ph.D. of Productivity'(tm)

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    "Back to top form"

    I have always loved the VI Warshawski books, but there were a couple that seemed not to be up to Paretsky's standard. This one, however - loved it! The narrator is excellent, as well. Can't wait for the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Cedar Park, TX, United States 02-17-11
    Sharon Cedar Park, TX, United States 02-17-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Terrible"

    I have listened to several of VI Warshawski novels and enjoyed them. I looked forward to listening to her latest novel but this was so bad I didn't even finish it. The storyline and narator were equally bad. Read the reviews and don't waste your money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy E. Howe 12-18-10 Member Since 2002

    Kindness Matters

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    "My Last Sara Paretsky Book"

    I will not be purchasing any more of Ms. Paretsky's novels, after staying with her all through the V.I. Warshawski series. I do not want to be hit over the head with her one sided political agenda anymore. Other writers seem to manage making their views known without it interrupting the story to make the point. She does not seem capable of that, and I do not want to read it. It's not that I disagree with her, but the disparaging way in which she speaks of those who do not agree with her guarantees I will not be back. I get enough of that on the news. The narrator did a good job, though, so she gets the stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kent 05-05-17
    Kent 05-05-17
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    "A bit slow and predictable"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Faster pace, less whining by the female characters, and less predictable.


    Any additional comments?

    Paretsky has done far better work. I'd skip this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara L. Goss 04-02-17
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    "One of her most complex and best"

    Intriguing stories come together and lead VI to unravel a most distressing tale. As always, the narrator makes it easy to distinguish across the diverse array of characters with well rendered tones and accents for both male and female voices. Two thumbs up!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Santa Cruz, US, Canada 08-16-12
    Jennifer Santa Cruz, US, Canada 08-16-12 Member Since 2008
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    "loved the characters, loved VI, loved Petra,"
    What did you love best about Body Work?

    Again Paretsky weaves the real world events into her book skillfully enough that we are captivated. The characters are believable and the performance extremely strong. Most of all, I like VI and all her introspection, her honesty, her growth as a human.


    What other book might you compare Body Work to and why?

    Hard Time had the same strengths, though perhaps not quite as buffed and polished. Paretsky gets better and better at making all of her strengths work together. This was a gem.


    What does Susan Ericksen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The personalities came through, particularly the Body Artist and Olympia. Chad is as real as it gets, and I appreciated his parents' story as well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Ali's diary


    Any additional comments?

    Just the usual. I want more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BRENDA MESQUITE, TEXAS, United States 08-13-12
    BRENDA MESQUITE, TEXAS, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Imaginative Narrrative"
    Would you listen to Body Work again? Why?

    I have already listened to it twice to make sure I caught everything that happened.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, it was a very complicated plot--I back tracted several times to keep on top of things.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favorite?

    I like the way the main character V. I. Warsharski grow older as the years go by. Since she and I are close to the same age, I can really empathize with the descriptions. She is always my favorite character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I especially enjoyed the relationship between V. I. and her "pesky" little niece. It was always gratifying when her niece would admit that V.I. was right about some things.


    Any additional comments?

    I am getting a little tired of books using their plots based around homosexuality to teach all of us the correct way to be. Personally I don't think a person's sexuality is anyone's business and doesn't need to be constantly discussed. People are who they are and their sexuality is only one aspect of a much larger whole.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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