Translated into almost thirty languages, Sara Paretsky’s books have earned many accolades, including the coveted British Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for top novel of 2004 (Blacklist) and Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement. Paretsky first introduced her stereotype-shattering heroine in 1982 with Indemnity Only. In a genre that had traditionally depicted women either as victims or as femme fatales, tough-talking female investigator V.I. Warshawski signaled a new and welcome direction, one in which a female character could display intelligence, strength, courage, and ability.
Long associated with Chicago, Paretsky first visited the city in 1966 to do community service work in the same neighborhood where Martin Luther King was organizing. Even today she demonstrates that same passion for social justice through her work in several foundations both nationally and in Chicago, her home for many years. Bleeding Kansas, Paretsky’s 14th novel and most recent best seller, is set in the part of the Kaw River Valley where Sara was raised.