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
Breakdown (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Critical Mass (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Brush Back (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fallout (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Shell Game (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead Land (2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of V.I. Warshawski Short Stories/Novellas

Photo Finish (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Wildcat (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death on the Edge (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of V.I. Warshawski Collections

Windy City Blues (1995)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Ghost Country (1988)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bleeding Kansas (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Taste of Life (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

A Taste of Life and Other Stories (1995)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Love & Other Crimes: Stories (2020)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
Words, Works, and Ways of Knowing (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Anthologies

Mean Streets: The Second Private Eye Writers of America Anthology(1986)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Beastly Tales(1989)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
City Sleuths and Tough Guys(1989)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Woman's Eye(1991)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Women of Mystery(1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories(1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Female Sleuths(1993)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Women on the Case(1996)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Win, Lose or Die(1996)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Crime After Crime(1999)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century(2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Crime Story Collection(2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Century of Great Suspense Stories(2001)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sisters On the Case(2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe(2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mystery Writers of America Presents Ice Cold(2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Gary Phillips' Hollis for Hire(2018)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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