Sara Paretsky (born June 8, 1947) is a modern American author of detective fiction.
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, who was featured in a 1991 film starring Kathleen Turner...
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