Sara Paretsky - Author

About the Author

Sara Paretsky was brought up in rural Kansas. After a variety of jobs ranging from dishwashing to marketing she now writes full time. She is a founder and past President of Sisters in Crime, an advocacy group for women in the thriller field. She lives in Chicago with a University of Chicago physicist and their golden retriever.


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Maxim Jakubowski's view on V.I. WARSHAWSKI...

Launched in 1982 by Sara Paretsky in INDEMNITY ONLY, Vic Warshawski is the toughest gal on the Chicago block, a female private eye who could outfight Philip Marlowe and his kind, as well as outsmart them. Pigheaded and socially conscious, she is the queen of hard-boiled.

 

V.I. Warshawski series:
1. Indemnity Only
2. Deadlock
3. Killing Orders
4. Bitter Medicine
5. Blood Shot
6. Burn Marks
7. Guardian Angel
8. Tunnel Vision
9. Hard Time
10. Total Recall
11. Blacklist
12. Fire Sale
13. Hardball

Featured books by Sara Paretsky

Critical Mass

Critical Mass

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/10/2013

BONUS: an exclusive first look at a special end chapter - only included in the first printing of the hardcover. When private eye V.I. Warshawski is called out to a derelict drug house in a rural town just south of Chicago, she discovers something she wasn't expecting: the mutilated corpse of a man, dumped in a cornfield. It is a discovery that throws V.I. into the fascinating world of physics and invention: a design which sparked the construction of the computer as we know it, the development of nuclear weapons, the wonder of Newton's prisms and a train of dramatic events that occurred in war-time Vienna over seventy years ago. With a range of suspects too scared to open up, V.I. must delve deep into the past to find clues. Someone holds the answers to her questions - someone who will stop at nothing to prevent the truth from resurfacing ...Packed with Paretsky's masterfully crafted suspense and offering an illuminating insight into some of the greatest scientific developments of the twentieth century, this is set to be V.I.'s most enlightening - and exhilarating - adventure yet.

Other books by Sara Paretsky

Shell Game The new V.I. Warshawski novel

Shell Game The new V.I. Warshawski novel

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/10/2018

The new V.I. Warshawski novel from the New York Times bestselling author pits acclaimed detective V.I. Warshawski against some of today's most powerful figures. Legendary sleuth V.I. Warshawski returns to the Windy City to save an old 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, ISIS backers, and a shady network of stock scams and stolen art that stretches from Chicago to the East Indies and the Middle East. In Shell Game, nothing and no one are what they seem, except for the detective herself, who loses sleep, money, and blood, but remains indomitable in her quest for justice.

Shell Game The new V.I. Warshawski novel

Shell Game The new V.I. Warshawski novel

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/10/2018

The new V.I. Warshawski novel from the New York Times bestselling author pits acclaimed detective V.I. Warshawski against some of today's most powerful figures. Legendary sleuth V.I. Warshawski returns to the Windy City to save an old 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, ISIS backers, and a shady network of stock scams and stolen art that stretches from Chicago to the East Indies and the Middle East. In Shell Game, nothing and no one are what they seem, except for the detective herself, who loses sleep, money, and blood, but remains indomitable in her quest for justice.

Bleeding Kansas

Bleeding Kansas

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/07/2018

The Grelliers and the Schapens are two families who have been farming in the Kaw River Valley for over a hundred and fifty years, their lives connected through the generations by history and geography. Gina Haring, bringing with her the liberal air of the big city, moves into a dilapidated house near both families' properties. Gina has secrets, her own reasons for being in the Kansas countryside, and they're not necessarily what the people around her imagine. Susan's involvement with her stirs up the wrath of the Schapen clan - and has cataclysmic results for her own family.

Unloaded Volume 2

Unloaded Volume 2

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/07/2018

Fallout V.I. Warshawski 18

Fallout V.I. Warshawski 18

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/01/2018

V.I. Warshawski's impossible god-daughter Bernie convinces her to look for August, a young film-maker who has disappeared. The evidence indicates that he has gone to Kansas in the company of Emerald, an older black movie actress who wants to film the story of her life. Her search takes V.I. from the military base Emerald was born on, to the farm where she grew up outside a university town, ploughing up past and present-day secrets as she goes. What is happening at the former nuclear missile site next door to the farm? What happened at the site in 1983, when students tried to stage their own version of Greenham Common? Everywhere V.I. turns she seems to be finding more trouble - with not a sign of August and Emerald. And then trouble turns to death . . .

Fallout V.I. Warshawski 18

Fallout V.I. Warshawski 18

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/11/2017

V.I. Warshawski's impossible god-daughter Bernie convinces her to look for August, a young film-maker who has disappeared. The evidence indicates that he has gone to Kansas in the company of Emerald, an older black movie actress who wants to film the story of her life. Her search takes V.I. from the military base Emerald was born on, to the farm where she grew up outside a university town, ploughing up past and present-day secrets as she goes. What is happening at the former nuclear missile site next door to the farm? What happened at the site in 1983, when students tried to stage their own version of Greenham Common? Everywhere V.I. turns she seems to be finding more trouble - with not a sign of August and Emerald. And then trouble turns to death...

Tunnel Vision

Tunnel Vision

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: eBook Release Date: 05/09/2017

Stubbornness has landed private eye V.I. Warshawski in big trouble at her Chicago office. With her grand old Loop building set to be razed, shes become a hold-out tenant amid frayed wiring and scary, empty corridors. Then she finds a homeless woman with three kids in the basement, and before she can rescue them, they disappear. Worst of all, shes been implicated in a murderafter the body of Deirdre Messenger, a prominent lawyers wife, turns up sprawled across her desk.V.I., who had volunteered with Deirdre at a womens shelter, suspects her death is linked to a case of upper-class domestic abuse so slickly concealed that the police refuse to believe it. Increasingly at odds with the cops, V.I. is blindly plunging ahead after the truth. And her path may lead to corruption at the highest levels or deep into the abandoned tunnels beneath Chicagos streets, where secrets are hiding in the dark like a childsor V.I.sworst nightmare.

Windy City Blues

Windy City Blues

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: eBook Release Date: 05/09/2017

Its strictly Friends Family as V.I. Warshawski, the detective mystery fans have been waiting for (Time), makes return appearances in a collection of stories that bring new meaning to ties that bind. Decked out in her silk shirts and no-nonsense attitude, V.I. is out to make a livingby the skin of her teeth.In Grace Notes, V.I. has barely finished her morning coffee when she sees an ad in the paper asking for information about her own mother, long dead. The paper leads V.I. to her newfound Italian cousin Vico, whos looking for music composed by their great-grandmother. Whats the score? Clearly its something to kill for...The Pietro Andromache finds V.I.s friend Dr. Lotty Herschel with motive and means to dispatch her professional rival and steal his priceless statue. Lotty didnt do itbut does she know who did? V.I. soon cuts to the art of the caseand its not a pretty picture at all!Summoned by an old high school friend to a race At the Old Swimming Hole, V.I. ends up swimming with the sharksthe FBI and a ruthless gambling kingpinin a pool of blood....And its only Skin Deep when a relaxing facial transformation transforms a client into a stiff. V.I.s pal Sal needs help. Her beautician sister Evangeline is prime suspectand V.I. has only eighteen hours to crack the case before its headline news....Three-Dot Po proves theres nothing like a dog. Especially a dog on the trail of her mistresss killer, with V.I. in tow....In Strung Out, love means nothing and V.I.s quick to learn the score as her old friends tennis-champion daughter is under suspicion for strangling her father with a racket string. And theres more, nine stories in all, in this masterful collection of short fiction starring V.I. Warshawski, the most engaging woman in detective fiction since Dorothy Sayerss Harriet Vane (Newsweek).

Ghost Country

Ghost Country

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2017

Sara Paretsky's genius made Chicago private eye V.I. Warshawski a household name. Now the New York Times bestselling author explores an unseen corner of the city she loves. In Ghost Country she has written a parable for the millennium, a powerful, haunting novel of magic and miracles, of four troubled people who meet beneath Chicago's shadowy streets--and of the woman whose mysterious appearance changes all of their lives forever.They come from different worlds and meet at a time of crisis for all of them. Luisa, a drunken diva fallen on hard times, discovers on Chicago's streets a drama greater than any she has experienced onstage. Madeleine, a homeless woman, sees the Virgin Mary's blood seeping through a concrete wall beneath a luxury hotel. Mara, a rebellious adolescent cast out by her wealthy grandfather, becomes the catalyst for a war between the haves and have-nots as she searches among society's castoffs for the mother she never knew.As the three women fight for their right to live and worship beneath the hotel, they find an ally in Hector Tammuz, an idealistic young psychiatrist risking his career to treat the homeless regardless of the cost. Tensions in the city are escalating when a mysterious woman appears during a violent storm. Erotic to some, repellent to others, she never speaks; the street people call her Starr. And as she slowly transforms their lives, miracles begin to happen in a city completely unprepared for the outcome.In this extraordinary novel, Sara Paretsky gives voice to the dispossessed, to men and women struggling to bury the ghosts of the past, fighting for their lives in a world hungry for miracles, terrified of change. A magical, unforgettable story of myth and madness, hope and revelation, Ghost Country is Sara Paretsky's most eloquent and ambitious work yet.

Fallout V.I. Warshawski 18

Fallout V.I. Warshawski 18

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/04/2017

V.I. Warshawski's impossible god-daughter Bernie convinces her to look for August, a young film-maker who has disappeared. The evidence indicates that he has gone to Kansas in the company of Emerald, an older black movie actress who wants to film the story of her life. Her search takes V.I. from the military base Emerald was born on, to the farm where she grew up outside a university town, ploughing up past and present-day secrets as she goes. What is happening at the former nuclear missile site next door to the farm? What happened at the site in 1983, when students tried to stage their own version of Greenham Common? Everywhere V.I. turns she seems to be finding more trouble - with not a sign of August and Emerald. And then trouble turns to death...

Fallout V.I. Warshawski 18

Fallout V.I. Warshawski 18

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/04/2017

V I Warshawski's impossible god-daughter Bernie convinces her to look for a young film-maker who has disappeared. The evidence indicates that August has gone to Kansas, in the company of Emerald, an older black movie actress who wants to film the story of her life. Her search takes V I from the military base Emerald was born on, to the farm where she grew up outside a university town, ploughing up past and present day secrets as she goes. What is happening at the former nuclear missile site next door to the farm? What happened at the site in 1983, when students tried to stage their own version of Greenham Common? Everywhere V I turns she seems to be finding more trouble - with not a sign of August and Emerald. And then trouble turns to death...

Wildcat

Wildcat

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: eBook Release Date: 07/03/2017

Sara Paretsky, one of the most legendary crime writers of all time, presents an exclusive and thrilling short story featuring beloved investigator V.I. Warshawski as a ten-year-old girl on her first investigation.V.I. Warshawski developed her strength and sense of justice at a very early age. Its 1966 and on the south side of Chicago racial tensions are at an all-time high. Dr. Martin Luther King is leading marches at Marquette Park and many in the neighborhood are very angry.With nothing but a bicycle, eighty-two cents in her pocket, and her Brownie camera hanging from her wrist, Victoria sneaks off to Marquette Park alone to protect her father Tony, a police officer who is patrolling the crowds.What begins as a small adventure and a quest to find her father and make sure he is safe turns into something far more dangerous. As the day goes on and the conflict at the park reaches a fever pitch Victoria realizes she must use her courage and ingenuity if she wants to keep herself and her family members out of harms way.

Taste of Life

Taste of Life

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: eBook Release Date: 17/01/2017

A classic short story of love, revenge, and appetite from New York Times bestselling author Sara Paretsky.Daphne Raydor has an insatiable appetite. Overweight as she is, she always assumed she would never know love. But meeting Jerry changes everything. Her appetite decreases. Her self-worth skyrockets. Then her mother comes to visit. And everything changes again. But Daphne refuses to go back to her old life, and now her appetite is for revenge...Taste of Life was previously included with the novel Brush Back.Get a taste of Brush Back with an excerpt included here.

Brush Back V.I. Warshawski 17

Brush Back V.I. Warshawski 17

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/01/2016

The seventeenth V.I. Warshawski thriller from one of America's greatest female crime writers, and winner of Theakstons Old Peculier Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award 2015. For six stormy weeks in high school, V.I. Warshawski thought she was in love with Frank Guzzo. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for a living. She forgot about him until the day his mother was arrested for bludgeoning his kid sister Annie to death. Twenty-five years later, Stella is released and Frank comes to V. I., begging the private detective to help find grounds to exonerate his mother from a crime she claims she never committed. V.I. doesn't want to get involved, but life has been hard on Frank. When V.I. agrees to ask a few questions, it's a painful journey to the past for her, to her old neighbourhood and the people she grew up with. And when she gets beaten up after attending a youth-group meeting in her old 'hood, V.I.'s main question becomes whether she will live long enough to find the answers.

Brush Back V.I. Warshawski 17

Brush Back V.I. Warshawski 17

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/01/2016

The seventeenth V.I. Warshawski thriller from one of America's greatest female crime writers, and winner of Theakstons Old Peculier Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award 2015. Twenty-five years ago, Stella Guzzo beat her daughter to death and then walked up the street to play bingo at her parish church. Chicago detective V.I. Warshawski grew up with the Guzzo family. She dated Frank Guzzo when they were teens and knew Stella's murderous rages first-hand, so she was relieved when a judge sent Stella to prison for a long stretch. V.I. and Frank went their different ways, V.I. to university and law school, Frank to marriage, children, and a job as a truck driver. She didn't think about the family again until the day Frank came to her office, wanting V.I. to help his mother with an exoneration claim. The detective wants no part of Stella Guzzo's world, but she realizes how hard life has been for Frank, stuck in the gang-ridden streets around Chicago's dead steel mills, and she doesn't feel able to say no. V.I. starts asking questions, but the answers leave her puzzled. Was Stella's daughter Annie the ardent girl V.I. remembers, looking for a college education as a way out of South Chicago? Or was she a calculating, amoral person, as Stella claims? And what about the lawyers Annie worked for - why did they insist on representing Stella in her murder trial? V.I.'s inquiries put her smack in the path of a notorious Mob enforcer. When she gets jumped in her old 'hood, her biggest question becomes whether she will live long enough to find the answers.

Brush Back V.I. Warshawski 17

Brush Back V.I. Warshawski 17

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/07/2015

The seventeenth V.I. Warshawski thriller from one of America's greatest female crime writers. Twenty-five years ago, Stella Guzzo beat her daughter to death and then walked up the street to play bingo at her parish church. Chicago detective V.I. Warshawski grew up with the Guzzo family. She dated Frank Guzzo when they were teens and knew Stella's murderous rages first-hand, so she was relieved when a judge sent Stella to prison for a long stretch. V.I. and Frank went their different ways, V.I. to university and law school, Frank to marriage, children, and a job as a truck driver. She didn't think about the family again until the day Frank came to her office, wanting V.I. to help his mother with an exoneration claim. The detective wants no part of Stella Guzzo's world, but she realizes how hard life has been for Frank, stuck in the gang-ridden streets around Chicago's dead steel mills, and she doesn't feel able to say no. V.I. starts asking questions, but the answers leave her puzzled. Was Stella's daughter Annie the ardent girl V.I. remembers, looking for a college education as a way out of South Chicago? Or was she a calculating, amoral person, as Stella claims? And what about the lawyers Annie worked for - why did they insist on representing Stella in her murder trial? V.I.'s inquiries put her smack in the path of a notorious Mob enforcer. When she gets jumped in her old 'hood, her biggest question becomes whether she will live long enough to find the answers.

Critical Mass V.I. Warshawski 16

Critical Mass V.I. Warshawski 16

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/08/2014

Private Eye V.I. Warshawski is roused one morning by an SOS from a woman on a farm south of Chicago. When V.I. gets there, she finds no woman - but a dead man in a cornfield, his body savagely mutilated. V.I. is happy to leave the case to the local sheriff: it looks like a falling out among meth dealers. But back in Chicago, she learns that the missing woman is a protegee of her oldest friend and confidante, Dr Lotty Herschel, and is compelled to investigate. What V.I. uncovers pulls her into a world of nuclear secrets and high-stakes computing, with roots reaching back to the Second World War. The detective soon finds herself in a hall of mirrors where she can't tell reality from video games, and her life is on the line. For V.I., this is her most profound, and terrifying, adventure yet . . .

Critical Mass V.I. Warshawski 16

Critical Mass V.I. Warshawski 16

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/08/2014

Private Eye V.I. Warshawski is roused one morning by an SOS from a woman on a farm south of Chicago. When V.I. gets there, she finds no woman - but a dead man in a cornfield, his body savagely mutilated. V.I. is happy to leave the case to the local sheriff: it looks like a falling out among meth dealers. But back in Chicago, she learns that the missing woman is a protegee of her oldest friend and confidante, Dr Lotty Herschel, and is compelled to investigate. What V.I. uncovers pulls her into a world of nuclear secrets and high-stakes computing, with roots reaching back to the Second World War. The detective soon finds herself in a hall of mirrors where she can't tell reality from video games, and her life is on the line. For V.I., this is her most profound, and terrifying, adventure yet . . .

Critical Mass V.I. Warshawski 16

Critical Mass V.I. Warshawski 16

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/10/2013

When private eye V.I. Warshawski is called out to a derelict drug house in a rural town just south of Chicago, she discovers something she wasn't expecting: the mutilated corpse of a man, dumped in a cornfield. It is a discovery that throws V.I. into the fascinating world of physics and invention: a design which sparked the construction of the computer as we know it, the development of nuclear weapons, the wonder of Newton's prisms and a train of dramatic events that occurred in war-time Vienna over seventy years ago. With a range of suspects too scared to open up, V.I. must delve deep into the past to find clues. Someone holds the answers to her questions - someone who will stop at nothing to prevent the truth from resurfacing . . . Packed with Paretsky's masterfully crafted suspense and offering an illuminating insight into some of the greatest scientific developments of the twentieth century, this is set to be V.I.'s most enlightening - and exhilarating - adventure yet.

Critical Mass

Critical Mass

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: eBook Release Date: 22/10/2013

The brilliant V. I. Warshawski returns in another hard-hitting entry, combining razor-sharp plotting and compelling characters with a heady mix of timely political and social themes. Both Paretsky and the sharp-tongued justice-seeker, V. I. Warshawski, remain formidable. . . . V. I. reigns as crime fictions spiky, headstrong warrior woman of conscience, and Paretsky, classy champion of the powerless, has never been more imaginative, rueful, transfixing, and righteous. BOOKLIST (starred review)V. I. Warshawskis closest friend in Chicago is the Viennese-born doctor Lotty Herschel, who lost most of her family in the Holocaust. Lotty escaped to London in 1939 on the Kindertransport with a childhood playmate, Kitty Saginor Binder. When Kittys daughter finds her life is in danger, she calls Lotty, who in turn summons V. I. to help. The daughters troubles turn out to be just the tip of an iceberg of lies, secrets, and silence, whose origins go back to the mad competition among America, Germany, Japan, and England to develop the first atomic bomb. The secrets are old, but the people who continue to guard them today will not let go without a fight.

Critical Mass

Critical Mass

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: eBook Release Date: 22/10/2013

The brilliant V. I. Warshawski returns in another hard-hitting entry, combining razor-sharp plotting and compelling characters with a heady mix of timely political and social themes.Both Paretsky and the sharp-tongued justice-seeker, V. I. Warshawski, remain formidable.... V. I. reigns as crime fictions spiky, headstrong warrior woman of conscience, and Paretsky, classy champion of the powerless, has never been more imaginative, rueful, transfixing, and righteous. Booklist (starred review)V. I. Warshawskis closest friend in Chicago is the Viennese-born doctor Lotty Herschel, who lost most of her family in the Holocaust. Lotty escaped to London in 1939 on the Kindertransport with a childhood playmate, Kitty Saginor Binder. When Kittys daughter finds her life is in danger, she calls Lotty, who in turn summons V. I. to help. The daughters troubles turn out to be just the tip of an iceberg of lies, secrets, and silence, whose origins go back to the mad competition among America, Germany, Japan, and England to develop the first atomic bomb. The secrets are old, but the people who continue to guard them today will not let go without a fight.

Burn Marks

Burn Marks

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: eBook Release Date: 03/09/2013

Victoria, sweetie, you look terrific!With those wordsand the sour yeasty smell of stale beerElena, V.I. Warshawskis derelict aunt, re-enters her nieces life at three in the morning. Burned out of her SRO hotel, Elena has turned to V.I. for a place to stay. V.I. vows that it will be a short visit and uses some old political contacts to find Elena a room.When V.I. is hired to investigate the fire at the hotel, her aunt disappears, and her aunts young friend is found dead at a construction site. V.I. is warned off the case by both a high-ranking police officer and a major Chicago developer who also happens to be a close friend of the chairman of the Cook County Board. After three terrifying attempts on her life, V.I. doesnt know whether its the politicians, the police, or the developers who are after her.As this, her sixth investigation, takes her deep into the workings of both the construction business and Cook County politics, V.I. discovers a connection between the two that brings her to a confrontation where the line between friend and enemy is redrawn to frightening effect.

Breakdown V.I. Warshawski 15

Breakdown V.I. Warshawski 15

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/04/2013

Carmilla, Queen of the Night, is a shape-shifting raven whose fictional exploits thrill girls all over the world. When tweens in Chicago's Carmilla Club hold an initiation ritual in an abandoned cemetery, they stumble on an actual corpse, a man stabbed through the heart in a vampire-style slaying. The girls include daughters of some of Chicago's most powerful families: the grandfather of one, Chaim Salanter, is one of the world's wealthiest men; the mother of another, Sophy Durango, is the Illinois Democratic candidate for Senate. For V.I. Warshawski, the questions multiply faster than the answers. Is the killing linked to a hostile media campaign against Sophy Durango? Or to Chaim Salanter's childhood in Nazi-occupied Lithuania? As V.I. struggles for answers, she finds herself fighting enemies who are all too human.

Hard Time V.I. Warshawski 9

Hard Time V.I. Warshawski 9

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/02/2013

While driving home after celebrating friend Murray Ryerson's big break into TV hosting, V.I. almost collides with a fatally wounded woman lying in the street. The deceased is Nicola Aguinaldo, former employee of security giant B.B. Baladine and recent prison runaway. Taking on the case, V.I. finds herself plunged into a sinister network of corruption that pits her against the police, the prison and the entertainment industry - with potentially lethal results.

Total Recall V.I. Warshawski 10

Total Recall V.I. Warshawski 10

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/02/2013

When V.I.'s close friend Lotty Herschel is approached by a man claiming to be a fellow Holocaust survivor, she's forced to recall a painful past she's tried desperately to forget. Coming to Lotty's aid, V.I. decides to investigate the mysterious stranger. But her findings lead to the exposure of something much darker involving an international conspiracy reaching all the way back to Nazi Europe - as well as a shocking truth which could potentially devastate her friend . . .

Blacklist V.I. Warshawski 11

Blacklist V.I. Warshawski 11

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/02/2013

The eleventh novel in the V.I. Warhawski crime series, set in Chicago, from prize-winning author Sara Paretsky. During a routine stake-out of a major client's former home, V.I. stumbles upon something she didn't expect to find: a body. The police immediately dismiss the victim as a drunken intruder, but V.I. sees things differently. Hired by the dead man's family to investigate, V.I. is lead back to the blacklists of the McCarthy era as well as into the murky operations of modern American government. Stopping at nothing in her quest for justice, V.I. soon discovers the perilous cost of bringing dark secrets to light . . .

V.I. for Short A Collection of V.I. Warshawski Stories

V.I. for Short A Collection of V.I. Warshawski Stories

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/02/2013

'Grace Notes' sees V.I. delve into her family history after discovering a newfound Italian cousin, Vico. But what does Vico want after all this time? And what danger will it lead to? In 'The Pietro Andromache', V.I.'s friend Lotty Herschel finds herself in hot water when her rival is robbed and killed. Lotty ticks all the right boxes, but who's the real culprit? And in 'Strung Out', V.I. investigates the daughter of an old friend, suspected of murdering her father with a racket string . . .

Tunnel Vision V.I. Warshawski 8

Tunnel Vision V.I. Warshawski 8

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2013

The discovery of a destitute family in her office basement leads V.I. Warshawski to homeless charity Home Free. But the organisation's frosty reception gives V.I. cause for concern, especially when one of its board members is then found murdered, sprawled across her desk . . . Taking on the case, V.I. uncovers a framework of domestic abuse and fraud which spreads across the whole of Chicago, as well as into the abandoned tunnels beneath the city streets - where more dark secrets have been buried . . .

Blood Shot V.I. Warshawski 5

Blood Shot V.I. Warshawski 5

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2013

When V.I. Warshawski is asked to search for the father of a childhood friend, she assumes it'll be a straightforward case. But the return to her old Chicago neighbourhood reignites dark memories from her past - memories she'd sooner forget. As the body of another old friend suddenly turns up, V.I. finds herself embroiled in a dangerous quest for justice which pits her against the bosses of big business and industrial corruption. It's one of her toughest and most personal cases yet, one from which she may not emerge entirely unscathed . . .

Guardian Angel V.I. Warshawski 7

Guardian Angel V.I. Warshawski 7

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2013

The seventh novel in the V.I. Warhawski crime series, set in Chicago, from prize-winning author Sara Paretsky. V.I. Warshawski's Chicago neighbourhood is prospering. As it's out with the old and in with the new, long-term residents like elderly Hattie Frizell find themselves viciously under threat . . . But that's not all that's troubling V.I. When the body of her neighbour's friend is found washed up in the Sanitary Canal, her investigations lead her to uncover a world of corporate conspiracy and political corruption involving some of Chicago's most prestigious industrial players. And after several attempts on her life, it seems that this time, V.I. may have dug too deep . . .

Burn Marks V.I. Warshawski 6

Burn Marks V.I. Warshawski 6

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2013

V.I. Warshawski receives an unwelcome shock when her aunt Elena arrives on her doorstep in the middle of the night, having fled from her burning hotel. But things go from bad to worse when Elena mysteriously vanishes and the corpse of her aunt's friend is discovered at a construction site. As V.I.'s investigation plunges her deep into the workings of the construction industry and county politics, she finds herself part of a dangerous game of corruption where her life is the prize. Someone's out to silence her, and they won't stop until they do . . .

Guardian Angel

Guardian Angel

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: eBook Release Date: 13/11/2012

When a neighboring eighty-year-old dog owner turns up floating facedown in a canal shortly after an argument with a yuppie couple, V. I. Warshawski begins an investigation.

Blood Shot

Blood Shot

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: eBook Release Date: 14/08/2012

V.I. Warshawski isn't crazy about going back to her old south Chicago neighborhood, but a promise is something she always keeps. Caroline, a childhood friend, has a dying mother and a problem -- after twenty-five years she wants V.I. to find the father she never knew. But when V.I. starts probing into the past, she not only finds out where all the bodies are buried -- she stumbles onto a very new corpse. Now she's stirring up a deadly mix of big business and chemical corruption that may become a toxic shock to a snooper who knows too much.

Deadlock

Deadlock

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: eBook Release Date: 08/05/2012

Deadlock, V. I. Warshawskis second case, involves the huge Great Lakes shipping industry. Once again the subject is murder this time the accidental death of Boom-Boom Warshawski, an ex-hockey star and V. I.s beloved cousin, who fell or was pushed off a rain-slicked pier on Chicagos busy waterfront. Convinced that Boom-Boom was in fact killed because of information he had uncovered about criminal doings on the shipping lines, V. I. begins a long and frustrating search for her cousins murderer. In the course of an investigation that takes her to a remote Canadian port city and a calamitous trip on a sabotaged freighter, V. I. finds all too many possible candidates for the killer, including a grain company executive involved in extortion; and rival heads of two shippers, one of whom is being blackmailed for his criminal past; a hockey player whose specialty is graft; and Boom-Booms lover, an icily beautiful dancer with expensive tastes in men and merchandise.

Body Work V.I. Warshawski 14

Body Work V.I. Warshawski 14

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/01/2012

Club Gouge: Chicago's edgiest night spot, where a woman calling herself the Body Artist invites the audience to use her naked body as a canvas. The show attracts all kinds of people, from a menacing cop to Ukrainian mobsters and Iraq war veterans. A tormented young painter comes too, and the designs she creates on the Body Artist drive one of the soldiers into a violent rage. When the painter is shot, the police assume the shell-shocked veteran went off the rails. But his family hires V.I. to clear his name - and the detective discovers a chain of ugly truths stretching from Iraq to Chicago's South Side.

Breakdown

Breakdown

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: eBook Release Date: 03/01/2012

Carmilla, Queen of the Night, is a shape-shifting raven whose fictional exploits thrill girls all over the world. When tweens in Chicagos Carmilla Club hold an initiation ritual in an abandoned cemetery, they stumble on an actual corpse, a man stabbed through the heart in a vampire-style slaying. The girls include daughters of some of Chicagos most powerful families: the grandfather of one, Chaim Salanter, is among the worlds wealthiest men; the mother of another, Sophy Durango, is running for the United States Senate. For V. I. Warshawski, the questions multiply faster than the answers. Is the killing linked to a hostile media campaign against Sophy Durango? Or to Chaim Salanters childhood in Nazi-occupied Lithuania? As V.I. struggles to answer these questions, she finds herself fighting enemies who are no less terrifying for being all too human.

Breakdown

Breakdown

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: eBook Release Date: 03/01/2012

Carmilla, Queen of the Night, is a shape-shifting raven whose fictional exploits thrill girls all over the world. When tweens in Chicagos Carmilla Club hold an initiation ritual in an abandoned cemetery, they stumble on an actual corpse, a man stabbed through the heart in a vampire-style slaying. The girls include daughters of some of Chicagos most powerful families: the grandfather of one, Chaim Salanter, is among the worlds wealthiest men; the mother of another, Sophy Durango, is running for the United States Senate. For V. I. Warshawski, the questions multiply faster than the answers. Is the killing linked to a hostile media campaign against Sophy Durango? Or to Chaim Salanters childhood in Nazi-occupied Lithuania? As V.I. struggles to answer these questions, she finds herself fighting enemies who are no less terrifying for being all too human.

Bitter Medicine

Bitter Medicine

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: eBook Release Date: 13/12/2011

Private eye V.I. Warshawski knows her friend Consuelo's pregnancy is already risky-she's sixteen and diabetic. Despite V.I.'s efforts to provide Consuelo with proper care, both mother and daughter die in the local hospital. Suspecting malpractice, V.I. begins an investigation- and a reluctant romance with an ER doctor. But deadly complications arise when a series of vicious murders and an attack on a women's clinic lead her to suspect a cold-blooded cover-up. And if V.I. isn't careful, she just might have delivered her final case...

Photo Finish

Photo Finish

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: eBook Release Date: 04/10/2011

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA.

Indemnity Only

Indemnity Only

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2011

In this gripping adventure the first V.I. Warshawski mystery Americas top private eye is tossed into a dangerous adventure when a seemingly straightforward assignment becomes complicated and deadly. Hired by a man who calls himself John Thayer, V.I.s assignment is to find Thayers son Peters missing girlfriend. But when V.I. Finds young Peters dead body instead, her client disappears. Her efforts to track down her client and learn his true identity take her deep into a labyrinth of fraud and violence. By the time V.I. figures out the answers, she is in a race to find the missing young womanbefore the murderers do. Praise for the audio edition of Body Work: "e;Susan Ericksens portrayal of Chicago private investigator V.I. Warshawski is pitch-perfect."e; AudioFile, Earphones Award WinnerPraise for the audio edition of Hardball: narrator Susan Ericksen ramps up the excitement in the story with a memorable voice that is intense and breathless. Shes equally convincing as a gangbanger, a gentle nun, a kindly neighbor, and a stroke victim. Each character shines as an individual, making this one of the best Sara Paretsky productions ever. AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner

Hardball V.I. Warshawski 13

Hardball V.I. Warshawski 13

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/10/2010

When V.I. Warshawski is asked to find a man who's been missing for four decades, a search that she thought would be futile turns lethal. Old skeletons from the city's racially charged history rise up to force her back with a vengeance - a nun who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. dies without revealing crucial evidence, and on the city's South Side, people spit when she shows up. The elderly sisters who hired her are also keeping important information to themselves. Then V.I. finds that her family is keeping secrets of their own. A young cousin whom she's never met arrives from Kansas City to work on a political campaign, but disappears under mysterious circumstances. Afraid to learn that her adored father might have been a bent cop, deception and corruption following her at every step, V.I. finds all her certainties under threat, but takes the investigation all the way to its frightening end.

Body Work

Body Work

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: eBook Release Date: 31/08/2010

The thing about Sara Paretsky is, shes toughnot because she observes the bone-breaker conventions of the private-eye genre but because she doesnt flinch from examining old social injustices others might find too shameful (and too painful) to dig up. The New York Times Book ReviewDoctors take days offwhy not PIs? V.I. Warshawski demands. But when Americas hardest-working private eye goes clubbing, a stranger is shot and dies in her arms.V.I. has been visiting Club Gouge, Chicagos edgiest nightspot, where a woman known as the Body Artist turns her naked body into a canvas for the audience to paint on.The show attracts all kinds of people, from a menacing off-duty cop to Ukrainian mobsters and Iraq war vetsand V.I.s impetuous cousin, Petra. A tormented young painter shows up, too, and the intricate designs she creates on the Body Artist drive one of the vets into a violent rage.When the painter is shot, the cops figure its an easy collarPTSD vet goes off the rails, stalks then kills young woman. But the vets family hires V.I. to clear his name, and the detective uncovers a chain of ugly truths that stretches all the way from Iraq to Chicagos South Side.

Bitter Medicine

Bitter Medicine

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2010

Chicago private eye V.I. Warshawski knows from the start that Consuelo Alvarado's baby is trouble. Consuelo is sixteen. Diabetic. And the daughter of a friend. When she goes into labor too early, even V. I.'s wild drive to get her to the hospital can't save either Consuelo or her child. Soon V.I. is investigating possible malpractice at the emergency room - and falling for a doctor who works there. Mixing business and love is always bad medicine, but V.I. finds herself listening to her heart, not her head. And when a brutal murder and the violent destruction of a woman's clinic put her at the center of a very dirty conspiracy, justice may be the only remedy for a hurt that cuts deep . . .and chills right to the bone . . . "e;The plot [is] fast moving, the dialogue snappy, the premise for murder persuasive. This novel hasn't a single snag in its springs."e; - Chicago Sun-Times"e;Paretsky is still the best . . .She doesn't pull punches."e; - The Washington Post Book World

Killing Orders

Killing Orders

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: eBook Release Date: 09/03/2010

Killing Orders, V.I. Warshawskis third adventure, starts when her great-aunt Rosa summons the detective to her cold suburban home. Rosa made V.I.s childhood miserable and the detective resents the command to help her aunt prove she didn't embezzle five million dollars from a local Dominican priory. All hell breaks loose when a mysterious opponent tries to take Vic off the case by throwing acid in her eyes and burning down her apartment. And when a friend whos involved in the case is brutally murdered, it begins to look as if Vic hasnt got a prayer. But Warshawski continues to follow every lead, even when they point to some pretty unorthodox conclusions: Perhaps the Dominicans are covering up a financial scandal. Maybe the whole conspiracy is under the patronage of an international conglomerate, or of Don Pasquale, king of the Chicago mob. Worst of all, someone whos close to Vic could be involved her darkly handsome English lover, Roger Ferrant, or even Aunt Rosa herself.

Hardball

Hardball

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: eBook Release Date: 22/09/2009

Chicagos unique brand of ball is sixteen-inch slow pitch, played in leagues all over the city for more than a century. But in politics, in business, and in law enforcement, the game is hardball. When V. I. Warshawski is asked to find Lamont Gadsden, a man whos been missing for four decades, a search that she figured would be futile turns lethal. Old skeletons from the citys racially charged history, as well as haunting family secrets her own and those of the elderly sisters who hired her rise up to brush her back from the plate with a vengeance. To complicate matters, Petra, a young cousin whom V.I. has never met, arrives from Kansas City to work on a political campaign. It does not take long for the high-spirited yet likable Petra to win over V.I.s affections. When Petra goes missing after a break-in at the office, V.I. is determined to find her beloved cousin. As the search to locate Petra becomes more desperate, V.I. is also having difficulties tracking down Lamont Gadsden. Unable to catch a break, she learns that a nun who marched with Martin Luther King, Jr., has died before she can reveal crucial evidence. V.I. herself almost dies in a blazing fire, and new information has emerged about her fathers role in a politically and racially charged trial almost forty years ago. Afraid to discover that her adored father might have been a bent cop, V.I. takes the investigation all the way to its frightening end.

Writing in an Age of Silence

Writing in an Age of Silence

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/05/2009

In this powerful book, Sara Paretsky explores the traditions of political and literary dissent that have informed her life and work, against the unparalleled repression of free speech and thought in the US today. In tracing the writer's difficult journey from silence to speech, she turns to her childhood and youth in rural Kansas, and brilliantly evokes Chicago - the city with which she has become indelibly associated - from her arrival during the Civil Rights struggle in the mid-1960s to her most extraordinary literary creation, the South Side detective V.I. Warshawski. Paretsky traces the emergence of V.I. Warshawski from the shadows of the loner detectives that stalk the mean streets of Dashiell Hammett's and Raymond Chandler's novels, and in the process explores American individualism, the failure of the American dream, and the resulting dystopia. Both memoir and meditation, Writing in an Age of Silence is a compelling exploration of the writer's art and daunting responsibility in the face of the assault on US civil liberties post-9/11.

Bitter Medicine V.I. Warshawski 4

Bitter Medicine V.I. Warshawski 4

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/04/2008

Consuelo is sixteen, heavily pregnant and married to an unemployed gangster. The last thing she needs is a negligent doctor. When she is rushed into the Friendship private hospital, the staff are reluctant to treat her. Fortunately she has Vic Warshawski, family friend and ex-lawyer, with her. But Consuelo and her baby are the tragic victims of a system so corrupt that it pays her husband to keep quiet. Anyone who can discover anything about the unorthodox dealings of the Friendship is in danger. And Vic's investigations are just about to begin . . .

Killing Orders V.I. Warshawski 3

Killing Orders V.I. Warshawski 3

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/01/2008

Years ago V.I. Warshawski's Aunt Rosa treated the detective's beloved mother in an unforgiveable way. Now, after she's accused of stealing $3 million from the Dominican priory where she works, Rosa calls upon the ties of blood to clear her name. V.I. is not prepared to forgive so easily. Until suddenly no one else - the FBI, a threatening phone caller, and even Aunt Rosa herself - appears to want her on the case either. V.I. turns to an old friend for help. But the stakes are higher than she could have realised . . .

Bleeding Kansas

Bleeding Kansas

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2008

The New York Times bestseller from the author of Fire SaleIn Kansas, three families have coexisted not-so-peacefully for more than one hundred and fifty years: the Grelliers, the Fremantles, and the Schapens. Into their lives comes Gina Haring, a relative of the Fremantles who is house-sitting the derelict family mansion while she puts her own life in order. Her lifestyle and beliefs will put her at odds with her neighborsand test the mettle of a community being swept up in events beyond its control.

Oxford Bookworms Library: Level 5:: Deadlock

Oxford Bookworms Library: Level 5:: Deadlock

Author: Sara Paretsky, Rowena Akinyemi Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/12/2007

Classics, modern fiction, non-fiction and more. Written for secondary and adult students the Oxford Bookworms Library has seven reading levels from A1-C1 of the CEFR. V. I. Warshawski, private investigator, Chicago, USA. People imagine private detectives to be tiredlooking men in raincoats, but Vic is female. She's tough, beautiful, carries a gun - and goes on asking questions until she gets answers. When her cousin Boom Boom dies in an accident, Vic is naturally upset. She wants to know how and why the accident happened, and she isn't satisfied by the answers she gets. So she goes on asking questions ...and more people start to die. CEFR B2 Word count 22,610

Deadlock V.I. Warshawski 2

Deadlock V.I. Warshawski 2

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2007

'Who're you working for then, Warshawski?' 'My cousin.' 'Boom Boom? He's dead.' 'I know. That's why I'm working for him.' Boom Boom's body was found floating near the docks, chewed up and spat out by a ship's propeller. More like brother and sister than cousins, Vic and Boom Boom looked out for each other. Boom Boom grew up to be an ice hockey hero, and Vic a private eye. And now V.I. Warshawski would like to know how, exactly, her cousin died . . .

Indemnity Only V.I. Warshawski 1

Indemnity Only V.I. Warshawski 1

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/07/2007

Meeting an anonymous client on a sizzling summer night is asking for trouble. Especially when the client lies and tells V.I. Warshawski he's the prominent banker John Thayer, looking for his son's missing girlfriend. But V.I. soon discovers the real John Thayer's son - and he's dead. As V.I. begins to question her mysterious client's motives, she sinks deeper into Chicago's darker side: a world of gangsters, insurance fraud and contract killings. And while she must concentrate on saving the life of someone she has never met, it becomes clear that she is in danger of losing her own.

Bitter Medicine

Bitter Medicine

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: eBook Release Date: 25/03/2006

Chicago private eye V. I. Warshawski knows from the start that Consuelo Alvarado's baby is trouble. Consuelo is sixteen. Diabetic. And the daughter of a friend. When she goes into labor too early, even V. I.'s wild drive to get her to the hospital can't save either Consuelo or her child. Soon V. I. is investigating possible malpractice at the emergency room - and falling for a doctor who works there. Mixing business and love is always bad medicine, but V. I. finds herself listening to her heart, not her head. And when a brutal murder and the violent destruction of a woman's clinic put her at the center of a very dirty conspiracy, justice may be the only remedy for a hurt that cuts deep . . .and chills right to the bone . . . "e;The plot [is] fast moving, the dialogue snappy, the premise for murder persuasive. This novel hasn't a single snag in its springs."e; - Chicago Sun-Times"e;Paretsky is still the best . . .She doesn't pull punches."e; -- The Washington Post Book World

Fire Sale

Fire Sale

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: eBook Release Date: 28/06/2005

V. I. Warshawski may have left her old South Chicago neighborhood, but she learns that she cannot escape it. When V. I. takes over coaching duties of the girls basketball team at her former high school, she faces an ill-equipped, ragtag group of gangbangers, fundamentalists, and teenage moms, who inevitably draw the detective into their family woes.Through young Josie Dorrado, V. I. meets the girls mother, who voices her worries about sabotage in the little flag manufacturing plant where she works. The biggest employer on the South Side, discount-store behemoth By-Smart, pays even less, and Ms. Dorrado doesnt know how shell support her four children if the flag plant shuts down.The elder Dorrados fears are realized when the plant explodes; V. I. is injured and the owner is killed. As V. I. begins to investigate, she finds herself confronting the Bysen family, who own the By-Smart company. Founder William Buffalo Bill Bysen, now in his eighties, has four sons who quarrel with each other and with him; the oldest, Young Mr. William, is close to sixty and furious that his father doesnt cede more power to him. And then, theres Billy the Kid, Young Mr. Williams nineteen-year-old son, whose Christian idealism puts him on a collision course with his father, his grandfather, and the company as a whole.When Billy runs away with Josie Dorrado, V. I. is squeezed between the needs of two very different families. As she tries to find the errant teenagers, and to track down a particularly cruel murderer, her own life is almost forfeit in the swamps that lie under the city of Chicago.

BBC Radio Crimes: A V.I. Warshawski Mystery: Killing Orders

BBC Radio Crimes: A V.I. Warshawski Mystery: Killing Orders

Author: Sara Paretsky Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Feisty Chicago private eye Vic 'V.I.' Warshawski is used to getting mixed up in complicated cases. But when three million dollars in share certificates are stolen from a Dominican priory, she really doesn't want to get involved. Because agreeing to investigate would mean doing a favour for Aunt Rosa, the priory's treasurer, and Vic has never forgiven Rosa for something she did a long time ago. Against her better judgement, Vic gets drawn in, only to be suddenly called off the case. But she doesn't give up easily and, despite a campaign of intimidation against her, starts to uncover a massive conspiracy involving the Mafia and the Catholic church... Starring Kathleen Turner as V.I. Warshawski, and with a star cast including Martin Shaw, Adjoa Andoh and Lorelei King, this gripping drama will appeal to all fans of Sara Paretsky's hardboiled heroine.

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