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Officer Down

Theresa Schwegel

Minotaur Books

The Chicago Police Department says Samantha Mack shot her partner, Fred, during the confusion of a bungled pursuit. Mack says it was their quarry, a violent pedophile named Marco Trovic, who fired the deadly round in that darkened room. But Mack was knocked out and can’t really say what happened.
 
When no evidence of Trovic is found on the scene and the bullet is shown to have come from Mack’s own gun, the Department labels Fred’s death as a case of friendly fire.Back at the station,   it seems no one believes Mack’s account. Not Internal Affairs investigator Alex O’Conner, and not even Mack’s lover, whose best attempts at support leave her as cold as the wind whipping across Lake Michigan.

With the Department looking to quiet the bad press, Mack can’t count on anyone to help her track down Trovic. Even if she can somehow find him in the dark recesses of Chicago’s underworld, can she prove that Trovic was the shooter? With her back to the wall and her career at stake, now it’s time for Mack to take matters into her own hands to clear her name—and avenge her partner’s death.
 
Theresa Schwegel Officer Down is the winner of the 2006 Edgar Award for Best First Novel.

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Chapter One
Normally, I avoid domestic disputes, but this girl is standing in the middle of my hallway, and she’s hitting herself in the head. With her own shoes. I could turn around, take the elevator back down to the lobby, and notify the doorman. But Omar knows I’m a cop. He’d send me right back up here.
 
She’s my next-door neighbor, unit 1612. Her name is Katie or Kathy or something cute that doesn’t quite fit, especially now. She’s a small girl with a lot of blond hair and a mouth even worse than mine. She lived here by herself when I moved
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"Officer Down is the best cop novel I've read in a very long time, tough and dark and wickedly funny, and Theresa Schwegel is a major new talent."
--Scott Phillips, author of COTTONWOOD

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Theresa Schwegel

  • THERESA SCHWEGEL graduated from Loyola University and earned an MFA in film at Chapman University. Born and raised in Chicago, she now lives in L.A. This is her first novel.
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