Sara Paretsky

A Companion to the Mystery Fiction


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About the Book

Sara Paretsky’s groundbreaking mystery series about Chicago private investigator V.I. Warshawski debuted in 1982 and is still going strong. She is a co-founder of Sisters in Crime (worldwide organization supporting women writers), a sought-after public speaker and the 2015 president of the Mystery Writers of America. This book is the first comprehensive reference work on Paretsky, providing an overview of the Warshawski novels and short stories, her other novels, a volume of collected essays, her anthologies and journalism. Special attention is paid to the character of Warshawski—the tough, street-smart detective who challenges stereotypical representations of women in crime fiction—and to the significance of the Chicago setting. A guide to the scholarly and critical debates is included, along with discussion of media adaptations and references to key websites.

About the Author(s)

Margaret Kinsman, consulting editor of Clues and 2016 Raven Award recipient, is a visiting research fellow in popular culture at London South Bank University, United Kingdom. She has published numerous articles related to crime fiction and has presented papers and chaired panels at international conferences.

Series Editor Elizabeth Foxwell, an Agatha Award winner, is managing editor of Clues: A Journal of Detection.

Bibliographic Details

Margaret Kinsman

Series Editor Elizabeth Foxwell

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 212
Bibliographic Info: 21 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7187-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2569-0
Imprint: McFarland
Series: McFarland Companions to Mystery Fiction

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments   ix
Preface   1
Organization of the Companion   4
Paretsky’s Works in Chronological Order   7
Paretsky’s Works in Alphabetical Order   12
A Brief Biography   17
A Career Chronology   25
The Companion   31
Annotated Bibliography   161
Index   201

Book Reviews & Awards

  • Finalist, Agatha Award—Malice Domestic Mystery Convention
  • Winner, Macavity Award—Mystery Readers International
  • “The first comprehensive reference work about the renowned mystery author, Sara Paretsky…wonderfully informational. The entries are dense with interesting and historical information without being overwhelming”—ARBA
  • Reviews of the Series: “The McFarland Companion series…has been consistently excellent, both in its choice of subjects and its quality of scholarship and writing”—Mystery Scene