In 1982 when most female characters in mystery fiction were femme fatales, victims or nosy neighbors, Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski started investigating on the mean streets of Chicago
Sara talks about how characters reveal things about themselves, as was the case with V.I.’s close friend Lotty in her current Critical Mass, her tenure as president of the Mystery Writers of America as well as her upcoming novel featuring V.I.—the 17th—Brush Back, which is due out in July.
Photo of Sara Paretsky © Steven E. Gross
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