June 8, 1947 |
|Education||University of Kansas, Lawrence, BA in political science (summa cum laude) 1967
University of Chicago, M.B.A. 1977
University of Chicago, PhD in history 1977
|Spouse(s)||Courtenay Wright, m. 1976|
|Relative(s)||David (father), Mary (mother)|
Sara Paretsky (born June 8, 1947) is a modern American author of detective fiction.
Life and career
Paretsky was born in Ames, Iowa and raised in Kansas, graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in political science. 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. Married to a professor of physics at the University of Chicago, she has lived in Chicago since 1968. She 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 V.I. Warshawski, a female private investigator. Warshawski's eclectic personality defies easy categorization. She drinks Johnnie Walker Black Label, breaks into offices looking for clues, and can hold her own in a street fight. But she also pays attention to her clothes, sings opera along with the radio, and enjoys her sex life.
Paretsky 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 also is considered the founding mother of Sisters in Crime, an organization that supports and promotes women in the mystery field.
Paretsky was named 2011 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. She is the winner of many awards, including the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers' Association and the CWA Gold Dagger for Blacklist.
- Indemnity Only (1982)
- Deadlock (1984)
- Killing Orders (1985)
- Bitter Medicine (1987)
- Blood Shot (1988) (Published in the UK as Toxic Shock)
- Burn Marks (1990)
- Guardian Angel (1992)
- Tunnel Vision (1994)
- Ghost Country (1998) – non-Warshawski novel; ISBN 978-0-385-33336-8
- 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) – non-Warshawski novel; ISBN 978-0-399-15405-8
- Hardball (2009)
- Body Work (2010)
- Breakdown (2012)
Short story collections
- Windy City Blues (1995)
- A Taste of Life and Other Stories. London, Penguin, 1995 .
- 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 9781257416448
- Case Studies in Alternative Education. Chicago Center for New Schools, 1975 .
- Writing in an Age of Silence (2007) ISBN 978-1-84467-122-9
- 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 978-0-451-22239-8
Awards 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
- 2011 Anthony award Lifetime Achievement award winner
- Goldenberg, Suzanne (March 21, 2008). "Interview: Author Sara Paretsky | Life and style". The Guardian. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
- "REVELS TO PERFORM 'THE BALLAD OF SCAVENGER GULCH' ON JAN. 28–29" (fee, via Fairfax County Public Library). States News Service. Jan. 25, 2011. Gale Document Number: GALE|A247644165. Retrieved Nov. 22, 2011. Gale Biography In Context.
- "Sara Paretsky" (fee, via Fairfax County Public Library). St. James Guide to Crime & Mystery Writers. Gale. 1996. Gale Document Number: GALE|K2406000432. Retrieved November 22, 2011. Gale Biography In Context.
- "Ragdale Alumni: Writers – Fiction – O-Z". Ragdale Foundation website. 2010. Retrieved February 15, 2010.
- Martin, Nora (1996). ""In the business of believing women's stories": Feminism through detective fiction (Sara Paretsky, Sue Grafton)" (M.A. thesis) Wilfrid Laurier University
- "Clues: A Journal of Detection". Staff.cua.edu. Retrieved March 5, 2012.
- Roberts, Lora. "A History of Sisters in Crime". Retrieved 28 November 2012.
- "Bouchercon World Mystery Convention : Anthony Awards Nominees". Bouchercon.info. October 2, 2003. Retrieved March 5, 2012.
- "Bouchercon World Mystery Convention : Anthony Awards and History". Bouchercon.info. Retrieved March 5, 2012.