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She broke ground with her V.I. Warshawski detective novels.
When Sara Paretsky’s smart and gritty female private detective, V. I. Warshawski, first appeared in 1982 in the book Indemnity Only, she transformed the mystery genre by showing a woman could be more than just a vamp or a victim. With thrilling plots, well-drawn characters, and a compelling main character, Paretsky’s V. I. Warshawski novels have appeared on bestseller lists around the world and won numerous awards.