The brilliant new V.I. Warshawski novel from one of the acknowledged queens of the crime thriller genre. V I's niece draws her to an edgy club and the Body Artist, who uses her own flesh as a canvas. Her disturbing performance awakens demons in two spectators: a woman who paints her inner trauma on the Body Artist's back, and a Gulf War vet who seems to be experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder. When the woman is shot, the vet's family employ VI to prove their son's innocence. VI's subsequent investigation uncovers the untold misery and evil in a snakepit of corruption.