Sara Paretsky
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Sara Paretsky

Sara Paretsky is the award-winning creator of the V I Warshawski detective novels. When Sara introduced V I in Indemnity Only in 1982, she revolutionized the mystery novel. By creating a female investigator who uses her wits as well a her fists, Sara challenged a genre in which women were traditionally either vamps or victims.

V I is the quintessential urban woman. She grew up in the shadow of the old steel mills on Chicago's Southeast side and knows her way around every alley in town. She's a street fighter, a singer, a bit of a clothes horse, and a woman of great intensity and passion.

So how much like V I is her creator? They certainly come from very different places. Sara grew up in rural Kansas where she attended a two-room school. She continues to believe the high point of her life came at the age of twelve when she was picked to play third base for the Kaw Valley District 95 baseball team.

Bleeding Kansas, Sara's 14th novel, is set in the part of the Kaw River Valley where Sara grew up.

Sara first came to Chicago in 1966 to do community service work in the same neighborhood where Martin Luther King was organizing. It was a time of fierce passions in the city and in the country as people fought over racial justice, the rights and wrongs of the war in Vietnam, and women's rights. Sara has always felt that that summer changed her life forever, and when she finished her undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas, she came back to make Chicago her home. Some of the history of that summer is recounted in her essay collection, Writing in an Age of Silence.

Like V I, Sara likes to sing, in an amateur way, has a hopeless passion for the Cubs, loves Italian shoes'and is obsessed by the search for the perfect cappuccino, so much so that she even went to cappuccino school.

In other academic ventures, Sara received a PhD in American History and an MBA from the University of Chicago. In 1976, she married physics professor Courtenay Wright. The two live in the city of Chicago with their wonder dog Callie. Their lives are made brighter by their adored granddaughter, Maia.

Sara shares V I's passion for social justice. She founded Sisters in Crime in 1986 to support women readers and writers in the mystery world. To give back to the community, Paretsky established the Sara and Two C-Dogs Foundation, which primarily supports girls and women in the arts, letters, and sciences. She has endowed several scholarships at the University of Kansas, and has mentored students in Chicago's inner city schools. She serves on the advisory boards of Literature for All of Us, a literacy group for teen moms, and Thresholds, which serves Chicago's mentally-ill homeless.

Sara has received numerous awards, including the Diamond Dagger for Lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers Association, the Gold Dagger for best novel for her book Blacklist, and the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from several different universities. Sara's books have been translated into almost thirty languages.

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    • Shell Game

    • V.I. Warshawski Series, Book 19
    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
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    V.I. Warshawski returns to Chicago to save a friend’s nephew from a murder arrest. The case involves a stolen artifact that could implicate a shadowy network of international criminals. As V.I. investigates, the detective soon finds herself tangling with the Russian mob and ISIS backers....

    Regular price: $34.22

    • Fallout

    • A V.I. Warshawski Novel
    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    V. I. tracks her quarry through a university town, across fields where missile silos once flourished - and into a past riven by long-simmering racial tensions....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • VI goes on a Road Trip to Kansas

    • By Jean on 05-07-17

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    • Indemnity Only

    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 305
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    this gripping adventure - the first V.I. Warshawski mystery - America’s top private eye is tossed into a dangerous adventure....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Back to the Beginning

    • By Geoffrey Kragen on 11-22-11

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    • Killing Orders

    • V. I. Warshawski #3
    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166
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    Killing Orders, V.I. Warshawski’s third adventure, starts when her great-aunt Rosa summons the detective to her cold suburban home.....

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    • AwEsOmE!

    • By Laura on 07-06-10

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    • Tunnel Vision

    • V. I. Warshawski, Book 8
    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
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    Stubbornness has landed private eye V.I. Warshawski in big trouble at her Chicago office....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • By patsy on 06-14-17

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    • Brush Back

    • V. I. Warshawski Series, Book 17
    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Karen Peakes
    • Length: 13 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she'd be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good story, lousy narrator, can't speak Chicagoan

    • By Beverly on 08-16-15

    Regular price: $25.89

    • Deadlock

    • A V.I. Warshawski Mystery, Book 2
    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 166
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    > Deadlock, V. I. Warshawski’s second case, involves the huge Great Lakes shipping industry. Once again the subject is murder....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loving V.I.

    • By Jaime l on 07-16-12

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    • Blood Shot

    • V.I. Warshawski, Book 5
    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 157
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 138
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    V.I. Warshawski isn't crazy about going back to her old south Chicago neighborhood, but a promise is something she always keeps....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What I like about Paretsky is at its best

    • By Jennifer on 12-20-12

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    • Hard Time

    • V. I. Warshawski Series, Book 9
    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Jean Smart
    • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
    • Abridged
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    V.I. stops to help a woman lying in the street. Her Good Samaritan act sends her straight into a case that exposes dark hidden truths....

    • V. I. Warshawski Series, Book 9
    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Jean Smart
    • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
    • Release date: 09-12-17
    • 4 out of 5 stars 4 ratings

    Regular price: $12.59

    • Total Recall

    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    This powerfully suspenseful novel confronts the machinations of a vast and corrupt industry that trades on the victims of Nazi terrorism....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My favorite Sara Paretsky

    • By Amazon Customer on 12-02-08

    Regular price: $29.99

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