Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Body Work, by Sara Paretsky
Paretsky doesn't have it in her to be bad, but this wasn't one of her best efforts. You can sense how Paretsky imagined the interweaving of the two seemingly unrelated mysteries, but how could V.I. Warshawski tell that all the information she was gathering was part of the same puzzle. There were so many characters, including the full cast of characters from her previous books. Central to the plot is the Iraq war and its impact on soldiers and their families. Added to that we've got Eastern European mobsters, conniving defense contractors, performance artists, and frightened and damaged people.