Books by Sara Paretsky

Sara Paretesky is the author of thirteen previous books, including eleven V. I. Warshawski novels. She is the winner of many awards, including the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers' Association.


CRITICAL MASS by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Beneath the fierce scientific rivalries, the targets are so familiar that there's little room for mystery, though V.I. has a charismatic and blistering way of bringing old secrets to light."
V.I. Warshawski tackles the monstrous legacy of early nuclear-fission research. Read full book review >
BREAKDOWN by Sara Paretsky
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"Plotted with all Paretsky's customary generosity, this standout entry harnesses her heroine's righteous anger to some richly deserving targets, all linked together in a truly amazing finale."
V.I. Warshawski's 14th case entangles everyone in Chicago from a murdered private eye to a pair of Senate candidates and the world's 21st-richest man. Read full book review >
BODY WORK by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Paretsky plays out her trademark political and social themes not with rhetoric, but with a compelling story of lives shattered by pride, greed and fear of the unknown."
Chicago investigator V.I. Warshawski (Hardball, 2009, etc.) struggles to clear an Iraq War vet charged with murder. Read full book review >
HARDBALL by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

"A tormented, many-layered tale that seems to have been dug out of Chicago history with a pickax. Readers who persevere through that interminable first-half flashback will be rewarded with the tremendous momentum of the second half."
V.I. Warshawski's 13th case (Fire Sale, 2005, etc.) drags her back to Chicago's tumultuous summer of 1966. Read full book review >
BLEEDING KANSAS by Sara Paretsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Big, ambitious and heartfelt. If it's less fully achieved than V.I.'s adventures, Paretsky's fans will probably devour it anyway."
The creator of V.I. Warshawski (Fire Sale, 2005, etc.) tells the story of three deep-rooted farm families in Lawrence, Kan., whose troubled interactions seem to recapitulate the state's violent history. Read full book review >
WRITING IN AN AGE OF SILENCE by Sara Paretsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2007

"Neither the sentiment nor the passion is new. But Paretsky links different kinds of oppression in compelling ways."
A lacerating polemical memoir from the creator of V.I. Warshawski. Read full book review >
FIRE SALE by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2005

"Warshawski's tense, sharp 11th shows that you really can go home again."
Corruption and deception are never far behind as V.I. Warshawski (Blacklist, 2003, etc.) goes back to her South Chicago roots. Read full book review >
BLACKLIST by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Paretsky emphasizes the political but doesn't neglect the personal here: a compelling tale of secrets that can't stay buried."
Paretsky exploits post-9/11 paranoia to take up for the little guy once more, as V.I. Warshawski gets her First Amendment rights stomped while fencing with obstructive witnesses and unreliable clients. Read full book review >
TOTAL RECALL by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 11, 2001

When she agrees to help lathe operator Isaiah Sommers press his claim for his recently deceased uncle's piddling $10,000 policy with Ajax Insurance, V.I. Warshawski has no idea that the case will blow up in her face—first with her former lover Ralph Devereux's insistence that Ajax paid out the policy ten years ago when they got proof that Aaron Sommers had died, then with the stunning news that muckraking Alderman Louis Durham has publicly tarred her as an Ajax toady determined to bilk the Sommers family out of their rightful due. Read full book review >

HARD TIME by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 12, 1999

Driving home one night from a party for Global Studio star Lacey Dowell (the Mad Virgin), V.I. Warshawski nearly runs over a woman dying on an Edgewater street. Read full book review >

GHOST COUNTRY by Sara Paretsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

The Holy Spirit, or someone very like her, appears on the mean Chicago streets usually watched over by Paretsky's detective V.I. Warshawski (Windy City Blues, 1995, etc.)—and, brother, is she in a state. Read full book review >

WOMEN ON THE CASE by Sara Paretsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"Most notable as a barometer of the impressive verve and variety of contemporary women's mystery writing."
This sequel to A Woman's Eye (1991) packs 26 all-new or newly translated stories, linked for the most part not only by their female authors and sleuths, but for their focus on issues of special concern to women (most of them would be unrecognizable with men in the leading roles). Read full book review >
WINDY CITY BLUES by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 13, 1995

"Enough here to keep Paretsky's many fans going until their next novel-length fix, then, but nothing likely to win new followers."
No doubt about it: V.I. ("don't call me Vicki") Read full book review >
TUNNEL VISION by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1994

Chicago PI V.I. Warshawski (Guardian Angel, 1992, etc.) discovers frail, frightened Tamar Hawkings and her three children living in the rat-infested basement of V.I.'s soonto-be-abandoned office building. Read full book review >

GUARDIAN ANGEL by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 5, 1992

"Suspense rarely flags through the slightly excessive length here—densely textured, adroitly plotted, and one of the author's best."
The further perils of V.I. Warshawski, Chicago's lawyer-p.i. Read full book review >
A WOMAN'S EYE by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 6, 1991

"Overall, though, disappointing."
Twenty-one all-new stories, mostly a somber, let's-take-ourselves-too-seriously collection featuring female protagonists from such women writers as old-timers Dorothy B. Hughes and Dorothy Salisbury Davis; England's Antonia Fraser; academe's Amanda Cross; a California pileup including Sue Grafton, Marcia Muller, Faye Kellerman, Julie Smith, Susan Dunlap, Mary Wings, Marilyn Wallace, and Shelley Singer, the unique Maria Antonia Oliver, and Paretsky herself, whose sluggishly belabored case for V.I. Warshawski and introduction here ("there is no one way to view women") hardly represent her best work. Read full book review >
BURN MARKS by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 20, 1990

"Vic may still be lean and mean, but, here, her creator's style borders on the flabby."
Once again, Chicago's durable private-eye V.I. (Vicki) Warshawski is tangling with the forces of evil in her own hometown. Read full book review >
BLOOD SHOT by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 1988

"Paretsky could not have written this one better."
Paretsky (Bitter Medicine, etc.) is becoming the writer that Robert Parker used to be. Read full book review >
BITTER MEDICINE by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 15, 1987

"Superior stuff."
Another bumpy trip for Chicago's tough, gruff super P.I.-lawyer V.I. Warshawski (Deadlock, etc.). Read full book review >
KILLING ORDERS by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 17, 1985

"She gives us a classic mystery, a page-turner in the best tradition."
Sara Paretsky brings us her third mystery, Killing Orders, and with it, her tough-girl detective V.I. Warshawski, a kind of grownup Nancy Drew—smart, gutsy, and able to balance thinking with acting. Read full book review >
DEADLOCK by Sara Paretsky
Released: Feb. 24, 1983

"Just-passable corporate sleuthing overall—with okay shipping backgrounds, stiff dialogue, and the unengaging presence (sarcastic, weepy) of V. I. herself."
Unlike Emma Lathen, Paretsky (Indemnity Only) doesn't quite have the gift for making convoluted business dealings lucid and lively; so this second outing for V. I. Warshawski, a female narrator/shamus in Chicago, is again more sturdy than gripping—with V. I. somewhat less agreeable company than she was in her debut. Read full book review >
INDEMNITY ONLY by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 22, 1981

In Lamaar Ransome, Private Eye (p. 462), David Galloway played the idea of a super-hard-boiled female shamus strictly for laughs—not very successfully. Read full book review >