Sara Paretsky

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General Information

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Name: Sara Paretsky

Pen Name: None

Genre: Mystery, Fiction

Born: 1947 in Ames, Iowa





Illinois Connection

Paretsky moved to Chicago when she finished her undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas. She still resides there today.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sara Paretsky is best known for her mystery movels featuring the female private investigator, VI Warshawski. While born in Ames, Iowa, Paretsky grew up in Lawrence, Kansas. Educated at the University of Kansas and the University of Chicago, she worked afterwards in several Chicago business corporations. Her writing career began in 1977 and she has been the recipient of several literary awards.

Published Works

  • Indemnity Only,Dial Press, 1982
  • Deadlock,Dial Press, 1984
  • Killing Orders, Morrow, 1985
  • Bitter Medicine, Morrow, 1987
  • Blood Shot, Delacorte, 1988
  • Burn Marks, Delacorte, 1990
  • Guardian Angel, Delacorte, 1992
  • Tunnel Vision, Delacorte, 1994
  • Windy City Blues, Delacorte, 1995
  • Women on the Case, Delacorte, 1996
  • Ghost Country, Delacorte, 1998
  • Hard Time, Delacorte, 1999
  • Total Recall, Delacorte, 2001
  • Blacklist, Penguin, 2003
  • Fire Sale, Putnam, 2005
  • Writing in an Age of Silence, Verso, 2007
  • Sisters on the Case, Signet, 2007
  • Bleeding Kansas, Putnam, 2008
  • Hardball, Putnam, 2009
  • Body Work, Putnam, 2010
  • Break Down, Putnam, 2012
  • Critical Mass, Putnam, 2013
  • Brush Back, Putnam, 2015
  • Fallout, Morrow, 2017

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library


ISBN: 0141010231
Release Date: 2004-03-25

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Sisters On the Case: Celebrating Twenty Years of Sisters in Crime

ISBN: 0451222393
Release Date: 2007-10-02

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Critical Mass (A V.I. Warshawski Novel)

ISBN: 0399160566
Release Date: 2013-10-22

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Literary Awards

  • The Cartier Diamond Dagger-lifetime achievement award
  • The Golden Dagger
  • Mark Twain Award
  • Visiting Scholar, Wolfson College, Oxford University
  • Ms. Woman of the Year
  • Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes

For professional writing projects, contact:

Dominick Abel Literary Agency, Inc.

146 West 82nd St. 1A

New York, NY 10024

Phone: 212-877-0710

Fax: 212-595-3133

For speaking engagements, contact:

Trinity Ray

Tuesday Agency

123 North Linn Street, Suite 2C

Iowa City, Iowa 52245

Phone: 319-338-7080

For all other inquiries, contact:

Marge Ishmael

Assistant to Sara Paretsky

External Links

Sara Paretsky on WorldCat


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