Sara Paretsky

By creating a strong female investigator who uses her wits as well as her fists, Paretsky challenged the conventions of a genre in which women traditionally were either vamps or victims. The challenge struck a cord and "Indemnity Only" was hailed by critics and fans. Nine other Warshawski novels followed, all national bestsellers. "The Los Angeles Times" says, "Paretsky is unique among the women writing about women," while "Publishers Weekly" claims, "Among today's P.I.'s nobody comes close to Warshawski." "Total Recall" was published in 2001 and her new book "Blacklist" is due out in the fall of 2003. [+]