Welcome to the web site for writer Sara Paretsky.

Credited with transforming the mystery through the creation of her female private eye, V I Warshawski, Paretsky’s books are international best sellers, appearing in almost thirty languages.

Sara sits with Cousin Barb in an ancient cave in Crimea Author Sara Paretsky, Photo by Shauna Bittle Sara with the Coffee Pirates in Vienna doing research for Critical Mass. Sara and Mayor Daley at the Harold Washington Awards Banquet. V.I. and Sara meet in front of Buckingham Fountain. Husband Courtenay and agent Dominick Abel help celebrate the Edgar for Grand Master. In the vault at Cartier's Bond Street, Sara gets to handle the real Diamond Dagger. With Stephen King at the 2015 Edgar Dinner


“ShellShell Game, the 19th V I Warshawski novel, is available everywhere.





All are welcome to join Sara as she receives the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame’s Fuller Award for lifetime achievement on May 9 at 5 pm at the Newberry Library. A host of speakers, including Lori Rader Day, Ann Christophersen, Dominick Abel, Luis Alberto Urrea, Donna Seaman, Neil Harris, Heather Ash, and Margaret Kinsman, will give short tributes highlighting Sara’s myriad accomplishments.


Crime writers have a novel take on reducing gun violence: two dozen short stories of murder without guns. Sara wrote the introduction to Unloaded Vol. 2

If you’ve read any of the VI Warshawski books or stories, you know she travels the city up and downClick here to see V I in action in this book trailer created by three young cineastes from the University of Chicago.



March 11, 2019 // When Rep Ilhan Omar quoted Puff Daddy’s song, I had to have it explained to me – I tend to be clueless aboout pop culture and didn’t realize that it was a reference to the hundred-dollar bill. But I did, sadly, know the trope. Ever since our 9th grade English teacher at Central Junior High […]



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