Sat 19 March 2011, The Times

Body Work by Sara Paretsky

By Marcel Berlins
The feisty private eye V. I. Warshawski, created by Sara Paretsky, has been at it since 1982 and is now in her 14th novel. Body Work is relatively light on the social, political and feminist issues that were usually an important aspect of her books. Warshawski is in her fifties now, still bereft of a serious relationship and not happy in her work. She visits a seedy dive where a woman calling herself the Body Artist requests members of the audience to paint whatever they want on her naked body. One drawing by a young woman, Nadia, provokes rage from a spectator. Warshawski happens to be at the club on a subsequent occasion when Nadia is shot dead. The man arrested — he of the previous outburst — turns out to be an Iraq war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress. His uncle hires Warshawski to prove his innocence. In attempting to do so she comes across drug dealing, money laundering and nasty thugs, and confronts issues to do with the war in Iraq and the use and abuse of women’s bodies. Body Work is, like most of Paretsky’s more recent novels, over-wordy. But she’s still very readable, though I had the faint impression that she, like her heroine, was a little tired.
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