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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  William J. O'Shea  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: Chicago, Illinois

-- William J. O'Shea on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

*Born in Chicago, Illinois

Biographical and Professional Information

Bill O'Shea began his public service career in 1968 when, as a Chicago Police Cadet, he was assigned to the infamous Democratic National Convention. In the ensuing decades as a Chicago Police Officer he had many adventures, some of which are chronicled in his first novel, THE FOOT POST. In 1992 Bill moved to southern Illinois with his wife, Susan, and established a detective agency under his private investigator's license. In recent years Bill has been active as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, working with children who find themselves mired in the court system. His experiences as a CASA volunteer moved him to write THE ADVOCATE and create the advocacy project.Bill is now a relentless advocate for the rights of abused and sexually exploited children and fears that it will be a life long endeavor.

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Titles At Your Library

The Foot Post
ISBN: 075963842X

1st Book Library. 2001

Book by O'Shea, William J.

The Advocate
ISBN: 1425928757

AuthorHouse. 2006

Only monsters that prey upon children need fear the Advocate. But those who harm children should be very afraid, because the Advocate is coming for them. After each killing, the Advocate calls the police and taunts them, encouraging all 'decent people' to protect our children. Soon copycat crimes start to occur across the country. Lt. Diego Santucci is assigned to stop the serial killings. In the Heartland of America he finds children are in as much danger from pedophiles and others who would harm them as anywhere else in the world and he sets out to do his job, while learning lessons that he never wanted to learn. Dr. Angel Akin is a child psychologist who is at the heart of his investigation, and not just because 'people tell her things'. Akin does things to Santucci's heart and mind that he never believed possible. Does she help him find the killer or hinder him more to find the killer herself? The Advocate is designed to raise awareness of the problems that our children face every day and to promote advocacy for those who are in need. Proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to children's advocacy programs.



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