When Sara Paretsky introduced her private detective V.I. Warshawski in Indemnity Only in 1982, she revolutionized the mystery world. By creating a female investigator who uses her wits as well as her fists, Paretsky challenged a genre in which women traditionally were either vamps or victims. Hailed both by critics and readers, Indemnity Only was followed by ten more best-selling Warshawski novels. 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.’ Blacklist won the Gold Dagger from the British Crime Writers for best novel of 2004.