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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jennie Spallone  

Pen Name: None



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Illinois Connection

Lives in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

The award-winning author wrote over one-hundred profiles and feature stories for local and national publications, as well as two special education texts, before putting pen to ''Deadly Choices'', her first suspense novel. That novel won Third Place for Mystery Fiction at the Police Writers Conference (Name changed to Public Safety Writers) in Las Vegas. Spallone is an active member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. She speaks at local bookstores and libraries and Mystery Conferences throughout the Country, including Scene of the Crime, Bouchercon, Printer's Row, Sleuthfest, Malice Domestic, Magna Cum Murder, Midwest Literary Fest, Love is Murder, Public Safety Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and the University of Wisconsin Writer's Institute.

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Titles At Your Library

Deadly Choices
ISBN: 1932695060

Treble Heart Books. 2005

One foggy November morning on Chicago's West Side, paramedic trainee Beth Reilly faces a life or death choice tht will put her own future in jeopardy. High on cocaine, her veteran paramedic officer slams their ambulance into a homeless, pregnant woman, forcing the woman into labor. Beth alone must decide who will live -- the fetus fighting for life or the mother who is hemorrhaging to death. She can't save them both. Beth's decision tests old friendships and creates new enemies. Her woman-hating boss tries to destroy her career. An ambitious prosecuter decides her trial is his ticket to a judgeship. A religious zealot treats her as a sacrificial lamb, diverting suspicion from the woman he loves. A handsome professor enters her life, but is the timing coincidental? When one of her tormentors dies suspiciously, Beth realizes her choices have turned deadly. Friendship, trust, betrayal!

Window of Guilt
ISBN: 1463768494

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2011

Chicago real estate agent Laurie Atkins is gardening beneath the relentless August sun when her dog's frantic barks divert her to a dead body sprawled on the front acreage of her Wisconsin summer home. She rushes inside to phone the police, but the body disappears. Laurie begins to doubt her own sanity. Then the unidentified body turns up on the driveway of Helga Beckermann, her devious neighbor.

When her emotionally withdrawn husband skips town on the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, Laurie uncovers truths she’d rather deny. Her family in peril, Laurie enlists the help of two women she thinks she can trust: former Chicago Tribune investigative reporter Mitzy Maven, and tough-talking CPD detective Maggie O’Connor.

"A brilliantly crafted story of what happens when life insurance companies play God, and how the dark desires of deceit and greed come home to roost."

--R.P.Dahlke, author of A Dead Red Heart and A Dead Red Cadillac

"A dramatic, fictional portrayal of the issues health insurance claimants face when confronted by fraudulent claims handling practices."

-- Robert A. Shipley, AV Rated Trial Attorney


Third-Place Award Winner of Mystery Fiction, Police Writers Association Conference for ''Deadly Choices'' in 2006

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

The author is also open to teaching writing workshops at mystery author conferences, book stores, and libraries.