'Doctors take days off - why not PIs?' V.I. Warshawski demands. But when 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, Chicago's edgiest night spot, 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 veterans - 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 soldiers into a violent rage.When the painter is shot, the police think it's a clear-cut case: a shell-shocked war veteran goes off the rails.
But the soldier'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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 464 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 01/03/2011
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780340994108
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