Synopses & Reviews
?The thing about Sara Paretsky is, she's tough?not because she observes the bone-breaker conventions of the private-eye genre but because she doesn?t flinch from examining old social injustices others might find too shameful (and too painful) to dig up.? ? The New York Times Book Review?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.
The enigmatic performer known as the Body Artist takes the stage at Chicagoa (TM)s Club Gouge and allows her audience to use her naked body as a canvas for their impromptu illustrations. V. I. Warshawski watches as people step forward, some meek, some bold, to make their mark. The evening takes a strange turn when one womana (TM)s sketch triggers a violent outburst from a man at a nearby table. Quickly subdued, the man a an Iraqi war vet a leaves the club. Days later, the woman is shot outside the club. She dies in V.I.a (TM)s arms, and the police move quickly to arrest the angry vet. A shooting in Chicago is nothing new, certainly not to V.I., who is hired by the veta (TM)s family to clear his name. As V.I. seeks answers, her investigation will take her from the North Side of Chicago to the far reaches of the Gulf War.
Praise for the audio edition of Hardball
a oea ]narrator Susan Ericksen a ] ramps up the excitement in the story with a memorable voice that is intense and breathless. Shea (TM)s equally convincing as a gangbanger, a gentle nun, a kindly neighbor, and a stroke victim. Each character shines as an individual, making this one of the best Sara Paretsky productions ever.a a AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner
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.