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Author Sara Paretsky was born in Ames, Iowa on June 8, 1947. She received a degree in political science from the University of Kansas and 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. She married a professor of physics (University of Chicago). The protagonist of all but two of Paretsky's novels is V.I. Warshawski, a female private investigator. V. I. Warshawsky shows a female detective succeeding a traditionally male role. Paretsky has won numerous awards for her work including the Silver Dagger Award for Toxic Shock, the Gold Dagger award for Blacklist, and the Diamond Dagger for Lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers Association. Her title Brush Back made the New York Times Best Seller List in 2015. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Indemnity Only… (more)
Indemnity Only 1,466 copies, 40 reviews
Blacklist 1,310 copies, 30 reviews
Tunnel Vision 1,227 copies, 22 reviews
Fire Sale 1,194 copies, 18 reviews
Blood Shot 1,156 copies, 18 reviews
Hard Time 1,151 copies, 18 reviews
Guardian Angel 1,146 copies, 12 reviews
Burn Marks 1,098 copies, 16 reviews
Bitter Medicine 1,087 copies, 16 reviews
Killing Orders 1,084 copies, 20 reviews
Deadlock 1,060 copies, 20 reviews
Total Recall 1,029 copies, 14 reviews
Hardball 814 copies, 34 reviews
Windy City Blues 763 copies, 11 reviews
Body Work 728 copies, 46 reviews
Bleeding Kansas 631 copies, 23 reviews
Breakdown 536 copies, 42 reviews
Critical Mass 459 copies, 37 reviews
Fallout 382 copies, 20 reviews
Ghost Country 362 copies, 13 reviews
Brush Back 335 copies, 19 reviews
Shell Game 324 copies, 31 reviews
A Woman's Eye (Editor; Introduction) 266 copies, 3 reviews
Dead Land 234 copies, 28 reviews
Women on the Case (Editor) 202 copies
Writing in an Age of Silence 157 copies, 10 reviews
Overboard 143 copies, 11 reviews
A Taste of Life 116 copies, 3 reviews
Love & Other Crimes 58 copies, 2 reviews
Crime Story Collection 28 copies, 1 review
The Best Mystery Stories of the Year: 2022 (Editor) 25 copies, 2 reviews
Beastly Tales (Editor) 24 copies
Death on the Edge 17 copies, 1 review
Female Sleuths 13 copies, 1 review
Strung Out 12 copies, 1 review
Photo Finish 8 copies
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The Secret of the Old Clock (Introduction, some editions) 6,337 copies, 104 reviews
The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century (Contributor) 436 copies, 7 reviews
The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries (Contributor) 251 copies, 8 reviews
In the Company of Sherlock Holmes (Contributor) 212 copies, 13 reviews
Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe (Contributor) 193 copies, 5 reviews
A Century of Great Suspense Stories (Contributor) 148 copies, 2 reviews
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Women of Mystery (Contributor) 121 copies, 1 review
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Murder for Love (Contributor) 85 copies
Deadly Housewives (Contributor) 81 copies, 2 reviews
Sisters in Crime 3 (Contributor) 79 copies, 1 review
Sisters in Crime 5 (Contributor) 79 copies, 2 reviews
A Century of Noir: Thirty-two Classic Crime Stories (Contributor) 78 copies, 3 reviews
Deadlock [Retold by Rowena Akinyemi] (Original Author) 77 copies, 4 reviews
The Big Book of Female Detectives (Contributor) 70 copies, 1 review
The Oxford Book of Detective Stories (Contributor) 68 copies, 1 review
Stranded (Foreword, some editions) 65 copies
Women on the Edge (Contributor) 59 copies
Chicago Noir: The Classics (Contributor) 45 copies, 13 reviews
3rd Culprit: An Annual of Crime Stories (Contributor) 40 copies, 1 review
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A Century of Mystery 1980-1989 (Contributor) 31 copies
Most Wanted (Contributor) 28 copies, 1 review
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New Crimes 1 (Contributor) 21 copies
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