Sara Paretsky is an American novelist of detective fiction, largely featuring female private investigator V.I. Warshawski. Paretsky’s contributions to crime fiction include writing a female character who breaks all of the rules of what a female detective is “supposed” to be and transcending the typical labels.

Sara Paretsky had her first novel published in 1982, which was Indemnity Only. The frequency of her novels are typically about one every two years – sometimes more, sometimes less. Below is a list of all of Sara Paretsky’s books in order of when they were originally published:

Publication Order of V.I. Warshawski Books


Indemnity Only(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Deadlock(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Killing Orders(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bitter Medicine(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blood Shot(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Burn Marks(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Guardian Angel(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tunnel Vision(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hard Time(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Total Recall(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blacklist(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fire Sale(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hardball(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Body Work(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Photo Finish(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Breakdown(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Critical Mass(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of V.I. Warshawski Collections


Windy City Blues(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


Ghost Country(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bleeding Kansas(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections


A Taste of Life and Other Stories(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Anthologies


Beastly Tales(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Woman's Eye(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Female Sleuths: A Mystery Collection(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Women on the Case(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sisters on the Case: Celebrating Twenty Years of Sisters in Crime(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books


Writing in an Age of Silence(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: Blood Shot was published in the United Kingdom as Toxic Shock. Windy City Blues was also published as V.I. for Short.

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  • pat

    where does the windy city blues come in the v.i. warshawski series

    • Brandon

      It was published between Burn Marks & Guardian Angel. I’ll have it added under the “Collections” section soon.