Sara Paretsky grew up in rural Kansas. After a variety of jobs ranging from dishwashing to marketing, she now writes full time. She is a founder of Sisters in Crime, an advocacy group for women in the thriller field. She is the award winning author of several VI Warshawski books: Indemnity Only;Deadlock; KillingOrders; Bitter Medicine; ToxicShock; Guardian Angel;TunnelVision; Hard Time. A film based on V I Warshawski, starring Kathleen Turner, was released in 1991.