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Sara Paretsky
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    (June 8, 1947- )
    Born in Ames, Iowa
    Created the female private investigator V.I. Warshawski
    Novels include 'Idemnity Only' (1982), 'Deadlock' (1984), 'Blood Shot' (1988), 'Tunnel Vision' (1994), 'Hard Time' (1999), 'Blacklist' (2003), 'Body Work' (2010) and 'Breakdown' (2012)
    When she worked for an insurance company, 'my cubicle was regularly featured as the messiest place in the marketing department.'
    She is terrified of cockroaches.
    She said of her caffeine addiction, 'It takes a lot of cappuccino to get me through a book.'
    The movie based on V.I. Warshawski, starring Kathleen Turner, flopped.
    Warshwaski is often considered the first feminist detective in crime fiction.
    She served (alongside a state senator named Barack Obama) on the board of Threshold, which helps mentally ill homeless people in Chicago.
    She mentored teens in Chicago inner city schools.
    'I joked it is better to be a Cubs fan than a Yankees fan because great art is built on suffering.'

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