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


Overboard is now on sale everywhere and I’m pleased to report the reviews have been positive.

The launch events to date for Overboard have been fun; you can still join in virtually or in person for these two:


* On Tuesday, May 24th at 2 pm CT, Hank Phillippi Ryan will interview me on A Mighty Blaze’s Crime Time. You can see the interview live on YouTube or on their Face Book page.


* On Saturday, June 4th at 2 pm CT I’m delighted to be back in person at Centuries and Sleuths in Forest Park, IL.


I’ll also be virtually on the road to talk about Crime Hits Home, a new Mystery Writers of America anthology. You can join the chats with myself and editor S.J. Rozen on Wednesday, June 1 at 6 pm CT at The Raven, along with contributors Gary Phillips and Jonathan Santlofer or Tuesday, June 7 at 7 pm CT at Murder by the Book with contributors David Bart and Naomi Hirahara. Pre-register at both to get the link.


February 4, 2022 // Opening scene; ext shot, Sal’s Gin and Grits. This is a dingy building on an urban street, windows heavily barred and with thick blinds blocking any view of the interior. A door of re-enforced steel is locked. Surveillance cameras cover the sidewalk. Second shot: the alley entrance. Teens, boys and girls, dressed in cheap clothes, […]


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