Sara Paretsky PAY DIRT Book Launch

We're delighted that Sara Paretsky has a new novel and she has chosen Lawrence Public Library as the place to launch it! Everyone's favorite private investigator, V.I. Warshawski is back on the crime-fighting trail in Pay Dirt. Best of all, the story brings V.I. to (wait for it...) Lawrence, Kansas! Doors open at 6:30, program begins at 7:00. We'll have copies of Paretsky's work for sale and a signing will follow her talk. 

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Legendary detective V.I. Warshawski uncovers a mystery with roots dating back to the Civil War in this edge-of-your-seat thriller from New York Times bestseller Sara Paretsky.

V.I. Warshawski is famous for her cool under fire, her sardonic humor, and her unflinching courage. All that changes when a case ends with a father killing the child she’d been hired to find. She’s second-guessing herself, forgetting to eat, forgetting her workout.

Her worried friends send her down to Kansas for a weekend of college basketball; Angela, one of her protégées, is a Northwestern star. And that’s when V.I.’s troubles really begin.

Sabrina, one of Angela’s roommates, disappears and V.I. agrees to stay behind to try to find her. Finding a missing person in a town where she doesn’t know anyone and has no snitches is hard, but not as hard as the local reaction to the detective. When V.I. finds Sabrina close to death in a drug house, the mother’s gratitude quickly turns to suspicion. V.I. finds herself in the FBI’s crosshairs, and the young men running the county’s opioid distribution are not happy.

When V.I. discovers a local troublemaker’s dead body in the drug house a few days later, she is pitched headlong into a local land-use battle with roots going back to the Civil War.

Today’s combatants are just as willing as opponents in the 1860s to kill to settle their differences. V.I.’s survival depends on keeping one step ahead of players in a game she doesn’t even know she’s playing


Hailed by the Washington Post as “the definition of perfection in the genre,” Sara Paretsky is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the renowned V.I. Warshawski series. She is one of only four living writers to have received both the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain. She lives in Chicago.


Event date: 
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
707 Vermont St
Lawrence, KS 66044
Pay Dirt: A V.I. Warshawski Novel (V.I. Warshawski Novels #23) By Sara Paretsky Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063010932
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Published: William Morrow - April 16th, 2024

Legendary detective V.I. Warshawski uncovers a mystery with roots dating back to the Civil War in this edge-of-your-seat thriller from New York Times bestseller Sara Paretsky.

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