When V. I. Warshawski, the hardest-working of private eyes, goes out one night, a stranger is shot and dies in her arms. V.I. has been visiting Club Gouge, 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 Ukrainian mobsters and Iraq war veterans.
A tormented young painter shows up too, and the intricate designs she creates drive one of the soldiers into a violent rage. When the painter is shot, the police think it’s a clear-cut case. But the soldier’s family hires V.I. to clear his name. And the detective uncovers a chain of ugly truths.
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Great book, not so great narrator
No, but I like having the option to re-listen to Sara Paretsky's books. With a different narrator, I could prefer the audio version perhaps!
It's socio-political, it makes you think, it keeps you on the edge of your seat. But I think best of all, Paretsky's books have warm, empathetic and wonderfully drawn characters. That's why I believe this series (and this book) work so well.
Liza Ross is not a bad narrator per se but her voice is all wrong for these books. She sounds like a little old lady and VI is a tough street fighter. She just is not the right voice for these books.
The characters and the plot draw you in - the issues tackled within the book are very emotive but also make you think, in the way that the best socio-political crime drama does.
Please get different narrators - Lorelei King, Sandra Burr, Susan Erikson - for this series. Ms Ross is just not designed for this genre of fiction!
- R. Anderson