Sara Paretsky Biography & Facts
Sara Paretsky (born June 8, 1947) is an American author of detective fiction, best known for her novels focused on the protagonist V. I. Warshawski.
Life and career
Paretsky was born in Ames, Iowa. Her father was a microbiologist and moved the family to Kansas in 1951 after taking a job at the University of Kansas, where Paretsky eventually graduated. The family rented an old farm house. Her relationship with her parents was strained; her mother was an alcoholic and her father was a harsh disciplinarian.After obtaining a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Kansas, she did community service work on the south side of Chicago in 1966 and returned in 1968 to work there. She ultimately completed a Ph.D. in history at the University of Chicago; her dissertation was entitled "The Breakdown of Moral Philosophy in New England Before the Civil War". She also earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Her husband, Courtenay Wright, was a professor of physics at the University of Chicago; the two were together from 1970 until his death in 2018.Paretsky is an alumna of the Ragdale Foundation. She was to appear in an amateur light opera production in 2011.The protagonist of all but two of Paretsky's novels is the female private investigator V.I. Warshawski and the author is credited with transforming the role and image of women in the crime novel. The Winter 2007 issue of Clues: A Journal of Detection is devoted to her work. She is also considered the founding mother of Sisters in Crime, an organization that supports and promotes women in the mystery field.
Indemnity Only (1982) ISBN 0385272138
Deadlock (1984) ISBN 0385279337
Killing Orders (1985) ISBN 068804820X
Bitter Medicine (1987) ISBN 0688064485
Blood Shot (1988) (Published in the UK as Toxic Shock) ISBN 0440500354
Burn Marks (1990) ISBN 0385298927
Guardian Angel (1992) ISBN 0385299311
Tunnel Vision (1994) ISBN 038529932X
Ghost Country (1998) ISBN 978-0-385-33336-8 (non-Warshawski novel)
Hard Time (1999) ISBN 0-385-31363-2
Total Recall (2001) ISBN 0-385-31366-7
Blacklist (2003) ISBN 0-399-15085-4
Fire Sale (2005) ISBN 978-0-7394-5594-4
Bleeding Kansas (2008) ISBN 978-0-399-15405-8 (non-Warshawski novel)
Hardball (2009) ISBN 978-1-101-13382-8
Body Work (2010) ISBN 978-0-399-15674-8
Breakdown (2012) ISBN 978-1-101-55407-4
Critical Mass (2013) ISBN 978-1-101-63650-3
Brush Back (2015) ISBN 978-0-399-16057-8
Fallout (2017) ISBN 978-1473624337
Shell Game (2018) ISBN 978-0062435866
Dead Land (2020) ISBN 978-0062435927Short story collections
Windy City Blues, Delacorte (1995) (1988) (Published in the UK as V.I. for Short) ISBN 0385315023
A Taste of Life and Other Stories, London, Penguin, (1995). ISBN 0146000404eBooks
Photo Finish (2000) ISBN 978-1-101-53751-0
V.I. x 2 (2002) includes short stories 'Photo Finish' & 'Publicity Stunts'
V.I. x 3 (2011) includes both stories from V.I. x 2 and 'A Family Sunday in the Park' ISBN 9781257416448Non-fiction
Case Studies in Alternative Education. Chicago Center for New Schools, 1975 .
Writing in an Age of Silence (2007) ISBN 978-1-84467-122-9
Words, Works, and Ways of Knowing: The Breakdown of Moral Philosophy in New England Before the Civil War. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016.As editor
Eye of a Woman (short stories). New York, Delacorte Press, 1990 ; as A Woman's Eye: New Stories by the Best Women Crime Writers, London, Virago, 1991
Women on the Case (1997) ISBN 978-0-440-22325-2; as Woman's Other Eye, London, Virago, 1996
Sisters on the Case (2007) ISBN 978-0-451-22239-8Awards and recognition
1986 Anthony award nomination for best novel, Killing Orders
1989 Anthony award nomination for best novel, Blood Shot
1992 Anthony award winner of best short story collection award, A Woman's Eye
2002 Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement by the Crime Writers' Association.
2004 Gold Dagger Award for Blacklist by the Crime Writers' Association.
2011 Anthony award Lifetime Achievement award winner
2011 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of AmericaReferences
Roger Nichols of Modern Signed Books interviews Sara Paretsky
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