Officer Down (Mass Market Paperback)
St. Martin's Paperbacks, 9780312942113, 320pp.
Publication Date: October 31, 2006
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. Officer Down is the winner of the 2006 Edgar Award for Best First Novel.
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Praise For Officer Down…
"Schwegel makes an impressive debut with this dark and gritty thriller."--San Diego Union-Tribune "Readers can at last enjoy a tough-gal yarn with heaps of moral ambiguity and good guys gone bad."--San Francisco Chronicle
"[A] hard-edged take on the police novel."--Rocky Mountain News
"Schwegel, who writes about police work with authority, has also created a tough and original character." --Chicago Tribune
"Layers of betrayal and mistrust…Officer Down is not for those who want their heroines unsullied and idealized, but is an excellent choice for contemporary noir fans." --Baltimore Sun
"A powerful and compelling first effort that promises good things to come from Schwegel."
"Instantly engrossing…Mack's voice is rough and real, conveying both her tough cookie persona and the authentic emotions behind her street face…. An impressive, gripping first novel."
"Officer Down is the best crime novel I've read in a long time. Theresa Schwegel captures the soul of Chicago's streets through the eyes of a distinctly vulnerable, if hardened cop. This author has big things ahead of her." --David Ellis, author of In the Company of Liars
"Credible cop background and evocative Chicago scenes add to the pleasures of this memorable first novel." --Booklist
"Tough and dark and wickedly funny . . . Theresa Schwegel is a major new talent." --Scott Phillips, author of Cottonwood