The thing about Sara Paretsky is, she s tough t 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 t 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 kwn 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.