Before there was Lisbeth Salander or Stephanie Plum, there was V.I. Warshawski.
Sara Paretsky has been credited with transforming the mystery genre through the creation of her female private eye V.I. Warshawski. She introduced the smart and gritty investigator in 1982 in her novel Indemnity Only. This was followed by 15 more bestselling Warshawski novels. Kathleen Turner played V.I Warshawski in the movie of that name and her work appears in the documentary Women of Mystery.