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Sara Paretsky

USA flag (b.1947)

Sara Paretsky has a degree in finance and a PhD in history, and has worked as a conference manager and a promotion manager for a large insurance company. She is now a full time writer with seven Warshawski novels to her credit, including Toxic Shock which won the CWA Silver Dagger Award. 

Genres: Mystery
V.I. Warshawski
   1. Indemnity Only (1982)
   2. Deadlock (1984)
   3. Killing Orders (1985)
   4. Bitter Medicine (1987)
   5. Blood Shot (1988)
     aka Toxic Shock
   6. Burn Marks (1990)
   7. Guardian Angel (1992)
   8. Tunnel Vision (1994)
   9. Hard Time (1999)
   10. Total Recall (2001)
   11. Blacklist (2003)
   12. Fire Sale (2005)
   13. Hardball (2009)
   14. Body Work (2010)
   15. Breakdown (2012)
   16. Critical Mass (2013)
   17. Brush Back (2015)
   18. Fallout (2017)
   19. Shell Game (2018)
   20. Dead Land (2020)
   21. Overboard (2022)
   Windy City Blues (1991)
   Photo Finish (2011)
   Wildcat (2017)
   Death on the Edge (2018)
Series contributed to
Best Mystery Stories of the Year (with Otto Penzler)
   2. The Best Mystery Stories of the Year 2022 (2022)
     aka Best Crime Stories of the Year Volume 2
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
Anthologies containing stories by Sara Paretsky
Short stories
Freud at Thirty Paces (1993)

Dagger Awards Best Book nominee (1994) : Tunnel Vision
Dagger Awards Best Novel winner (2004) : Blacklist
Shamus Awards Best Hardcover Novel nominee (2016) : Brush Back

Sara Paretsky recommends
Final Edition (1991)
(Lindsay Gordon, book 3)
Val McDermid
"One of my favourite authors."
Done Wrong (1995)
(Marti MacAlister, book 4)
Eleanor Taylor Bland
"Marti MacAlister is a most welcome addition to crime fiction."
Secret's Shadow (1996)
(Cassidy McCabe, book 1)
Alex Matthews
"Cassidy McCabe is an emphatic and believable addition to the crime scene."
Render Up the Body (1997)
(Lucinda Hayes, book 1)
Marianne Wesson
"Scott Turow fans will devour this intense legal drama."
High Hand (2000)
(Martha Chainey, book 1)
Gary Phillips
"Gary Phillips is my kind of writer."
Death is a Cabaret (2001)
(Antique Lover's, book 1)
Deborah Morgan
"Death is a Caberet introduces an engaging new hero... I enjoyed meeting Jeff Talbot and his unusual domestic menage."
Walla Walla Suite (2007)
(Quinn , book 2)
Anne Argula
"Anne Argula brings a welcome voice to the noir novel with Quinn, who is earthy, gritty, but above all, a mature woman. We don't have enough of those."
Random Victim (2008)
(Leal and Hart, book 1)
Michael A Black
"Brings the same inside knowledge of police investigations and politics readers get from Joseph Wambaughg."
The Drowning Pool (2009)
Jacqueline Seewald
"With some powerful imagery in her disturbed and disturbing dreams, Kim Reynolds makes a thought-provoking heroine. I hope Jacqueline Seewald will explore her life in more depth in the future."
Murder in the Manuscript Room (2017)
(42nd Street Library Mystery, book 2)
Con Lehane
"Con Lehane has the whole package here: characters the reader cares about, plot twists like a grand slalom course, and in the middle of it, a story utterly relevant to the real-life horror story unfolding in America’s immigration politics."
Salt Lane (2018)
(DS Alexandra Cupidi, book 1)
William Shaw
"Salt Lane was my introduction to William Shaw, and when I finished it I instantly went to his backlist. He is a meticulous, thoughtful and insightful writer. I can't wait for Sgt. Cupidi's next case."
They All Fall Down (2019)
Rachel Howzell Hall
"An intense, feverish novel with riveting plot twists."
One Small Sacrifice (2019)
(Shadows of New York, book 1)
Hilary Davidson
"A taut, compelling narrative with a nerve-tingling climax. Davidson turns clichés of the contemporary novel on their heads to create a wholly believable cast of characters. I hope we’ll see more of Detective Sheryn Sterling."
Killing with Confetti (2019)
(Peter Diamond, book 18)
Peter Lovesey
"I'm jealous of everyone discovering Lovesey and Diamond for the first time."
The Long Call (2019)
(Detective Matthew Venn, book 1)
Ann Cleeves
"Brilliant, thoughtful and deeply engaging."
Clark and Division (2021)
(Japantown Mystery, book 1)
Naomi Hirahara
"Part historical fiction, part thriller, all a deeply moving family story, set in 1944 Chicago against the backdrop of the shameful treatment of Japanese Americans by the US government. Hirahara's gifted writing is a master class in how to bring a historical epoch to life."
The Last Mona Lisa (2021)
Jonathan Santlofer
"A riveting novel, weaving the real-life 1911 theft of Leonardo's masterpiece into a nail-biting contemporary drama where billionaire collectors, art historians, book collectors and Interpol engage in so many double and triple crosses you're left wondering until the last page whom to trust and whom to fear. The Last Mona Lisa is like a master class in how to create a deep understanding of art history while making a seamless thriller."
Death at Greenway (2021)
Lori Rader-Day
"Death at Greenway is a book Lori Rader-Day was born to write. The characters are deeply moving, the suspense and World War II research are impeccable. The language, as is always the case with Rader-Day, is beautiful, but in Greenway, she shows her suppleness: her pitch-perfect dialogue brings England in the Blitz to life."
In the Dark We Forget (2022)
Sandra SG Wong
"In the Dark We Forget is a hair-raising high-wire act. Wong gives us a hero whose search for her identity, and the truth of what happened to upend her life, reveals more than she wants to know, and leaves the reader gasping as much in admiration as in fear."

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