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Sara Paretsky is a modern American author of detective fiction. Paretsky was raised in Kansas, and graduated from the state university with a degree in political science. She did community service work on the south side of Chicago in 1966 and returned in 1968 to work there. She ultimately completed a Ph.D. in history at the University of Chicago, entitled The Breakdown of Moral Philosophy in New England Before the Civil War, and finally earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Married to a professor of physics at the University of Chicago, she has lived in Chicago since 1968.

The protagonist of all but two of Paretsky's novels is V.I. Warshawski, a female private investigator. Warshawski's eclectic personalit
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Remarks to open the session on “Voices on the Margins,” Bouchercon 2014, Long Beach


We live in a society that is contemptuous of the written word. Many, perhaps most, cities and states in America have cut budgets for schools and libraries repeatedly in the last several years. We easily find money for sports arenas, we subsidize members of Congress who own cotton farms, but we make no pretense of...

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Indemnity Only (V.I. Warsha...
3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 8,923 ratings — published 1982 — 44 editions
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Blood Shot (V.I. Warshawski...
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Body Work (V.I. Warshawski,...
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Hard Time (V.I. Warshawski,...
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 3,463 ratings — published 1999 — 6 editions
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Fire Sale (V.I. Warshawski,...
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Hardball (V.I. Warshawski, ...
3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 2,885 ratings — published 2009 — 42 editions
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 2,516 ratings — published 2003 — 39 editions
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Deadlock (V.I. Warshawski, #2)
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 2,402 ratings — published 1984 — 43 editions
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 2,388 ratings — published 2012 — 24 editions
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