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    Indemnity Only by Sara Paretsky

Meeting an anonymous client late on a sizzling summer night is asking for trouble. But trouble is Chicago private eye V.I. Warshwski's specialty. Her client says he's the prominent banker, John Thayer. Turns out he's not. He says his son's girlfriend, Anita Hill, is missing. Turns out that's not her real name. V.I.'s search turns up someone soon enough -- the real John Thayer's son, and he's dead.

Year: 1982
Genre: Missing PersonPrivate Eye

    Deadlock by Sara Paretsky

When Chicago Black Hawks hockey legend Boom Boom Warshawski slips off a wharf and drowns in Lake Michigan, his private-eye cousin questions the accidental death report and rumors of suicide. Armed with a bottle of Black Label and a Smith & Weson, V.I. follows a trail of violence and corruption to the center of the Windy City's powerful shipping industry.

Year: 1984
Genre: Private Eye

    Killing Orders by Sara Paretsky

They say blood is thicker than water. Private eye V. I. Warshawski has her doubts, especially when it comes to the bad blood between her and her great-aunt Rosa. But when the old lady reaches out, V. I. answers the call. The good friars at St. Albertus Magnus Priory, Rosa's long-time employers, have cashed in on valuable securities from their safe...only to discover they were counterfeits.

Year: 1985
Genre: Private Eye

    Blood Shot by Sara Paretsky

V.I. Warshawski isn't crazy about going back to her old south Chicago neighborhood, but a promise is something she always keeps. Caroline, a childhood friend, has a dying mother and a problem -- after twenty-five years she wants V.I. to find the father she never knew. But when V.I. starts probing into the past, she not only finds out where all the bodies are buried -- she stumbles onto a very new corpse.

Year: 1988
Genre: Missing PersonPrivate Eye

    Burn Marks by Sara Paretsky

The fire that has just burned down a sleazy SRO hotel has brought Elena to V.I.'s doorstep. Uncovering an arsonist -- and the secrets hidden behind Elena's boozy smile -- will send V.I. into the seedy world of Chicago's homeless... into the Windy City's backroom deals and bedroom politics, where new schemers and old cronies team up to get V.I. off the case -- by hook, by crook, or by homocide.

Year: 1990
Genre: ArsonPrivate Eye

    Tunnel Vision by Sara Paretsky

As she nears the dramatic climax of her punishing case, with her emotional and physical resources taxed to the limit, V.I. finds she must choose between her private happiness and her sense of justice...and learns that the hardest questions she must answer are the ones she asks herself.

Year: 1994
Genre: Private Eye

    Hard Time by Sara Paretsky

On her way home from a party celebrating Murray's debut, V.I. almost runs over a woman lying in the street. Stopping to help, V.I. soon learns that her Good Samaritan act will drop her squarely in a boiling intrigue. In a case that forces her to go head-to-head with one of the world's largest providers of private security and prison services, a case that exposes dark hidden truths behind the razzle-dazzle of the entertainment industry, V.I. will be ahead of the game if she gets out alive.

Year: 1999
Genre: Private Eye

    Total Recall by Sara Paretsky

Total Recall follows the Chicago P.I. on a road that winds back more than fifty years -- and into an intricate maze of wartime lies, heartbreaking secrets, and harrowing retribution. As the atrocities of the past reach out to engulf the living, V.I. struggles to decide whose memories of a terrible war she can trust, and moves closer to a chilling realization of the truth -- a truth that almost destroys her oldest friend.

Year: 2001
Genre: Private Eye

    Blacklist by Sara Paretsky

As a favor to her most important client, V. I. agrees to check up on an empty mansion. But instead of a mysterious intruder she discovers a dead man in the ornamental pond--a reporter for an African-American publication whom the suburban cops are quick to dismiss as a suicide. When the man's shattered family hires V. I. to investigate, she is sucked into a Gothic tale of sex, money, and power, leading her back to McCarthy-era blacklists and forward to some of the darker aspects of the Patriot Act.

Year: 2003
Genre: Private Eye

    Fire Sale by Sara Paretsky

A conscience can weigh a PI down more than the heaviest firearm--and get her into more trouble too. It's that nagging conscience that makes V. I. Warshawski agree to fill in as coach for the girls' basketball team at her South Chicago alma mater -- V. I. is hurled onto a twisted, body-strewn path that runs through Chicago's dirtiest places and reveals some of its dirtiest secrets...

Year: 2005
Genre: Private Eye




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1982Indemnity Only by Sara Paretsky Missing Person, Private Eye, V.I. Warshawski, Chicago
1984Deadlock by Sara Paretsky Private Eye, V.I. Warshawski, Chicago
1985Killing Orders by Sara Paretsky Private Eye, V.I. Warshawski
1988Blood Shot by Sara Paretsky Missing Person, Private Eye, V.I. Warshawski
1990Burn Marks by Sara Paretsky Arson, Private Eye, V.I. Warshawski
1994Tunnel Vision by Sara Paretsky Private Eye, V.I. Warshawski
1999Hard Time by Sara Paretsky Private Eye, V.I. Warshawski
2001Total Recall by Sara Paretsky Private Eye, V.I. Warshawski
2003Blacklist by Sara Paretsky Private Eye, V.I. Warshawski
2005Fire Sale by Sara Paretsky Private Eye, V.I. Warshawski
2018Shell Game by Sara Paretsky Private Eye, V.I. Warshawski
2020Dead Land by Sara Paretsky Private Eye, V.I. Warshawski, Chicago





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