Transforming Detection

Sara Paretsky, credited with transforming the mystery genre through the creation of her female private eye, V I Warshawski, was given the Cartier Diamond Dagger award for lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers’ Association. Bleeding Kansas, the latest of her novels, will be out shortly.

Women Unlimited is bringing out her Writing in an Age of Silence, a beautiful, compelling exploration of the writer’s art and the traditions of political and literary dissent that have informed her life and work, against the unparalleled repression of free speech and thought in the USA today, and the assault on civil liberties post-September 11.

In tracing the writer’s difficult journey from silence to speech, Paretsky turns to her childhood and youth in rural Kansas, and brilliantly evokes Chicago—the city with which she has become indelibly associated—from her arrival during the civil rights struggle in the mid-1960s to her most extraordinary literary creation, the south-side detective Warshawski. Paretsky traces the emergence of Warshawski from the shadows of the loner detectives that stalk the mean streets of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler’s novels, and in the process explores American individualism, the failure of the American dream and the resulting dystopia.

Paperback,  Rs 250, 160 pages.