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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Deborah C. Brod  

Pen Name: D.C. Brod

Genre: Fiction Mystery

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1951 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

The author grew up in LaGrange, Illinois. She currently resides in St. Charles, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Brod is the author of the Quint McCauley private detective series and the contemporary Arthurian thriller Heartstone. She has a master's degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University. Along with her books, she has also published numerous short stories and is recipient of the Reader's Choice Award. Brod's short stories can be found in Chicago Blues and Cubbie Blues: 100 Years of Waiting Till Next Year.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Murder in Store
ISBN: 0802757375

Walker & Co. 1989

Eager to learn the identity of the person sending him death threats, businessman Preston Hauser hires Quint McCauley, who doggedly pursues the case even after Hauser is offed

Error in Judgment
ISBN: 0802757634

Walker & Co. 1990

An innocent romance with the wife of Foxport Police Chief Eddie Carver leads private investigator Quint McCauley into a mystery involving the police chief's kinky extramarital affairs, the supposed suicide of a circuit judge, and an unidentified body

Masquerade in Blue
ISBN: 0802757928

Walker & Co. 1991

When an Illinois land developer is murdered, the police blame an environmentalist named the Blue Fox, whose real identity is a secret, but reporter Jeff Barlowe thinks others are guilty and asks private investigator Quint McCauley for help

Brothers in Blood (Quint McCauley Mystery)
ISBN: 0802732399

Walker & Co. 1993

Quint McCauley becomes embroiled in the long-time feud between Jubal Tanner and his brother, mayoral hopeful Brig, when he is asked to find out who killed Brig's girlfriend while trying to kill Brig.

Paid in Full: A Quint McCauley Mystery (Five Star First Edition Mystery Series)
ISBN: 0786226730

Five Star. 2000

When Kurt Wicklow disappears was it a case of an investment advisor absconding with his client’s money or was foul play involved? And when the wife of Foxport’s former chief of police and a “good friend” of Wicklow’s turns up dead, things begin to add up. And Quint finds himself trying to prove the innocence of a man who has just moved in with Elaine, Quint’s former lover.

Five Star First Edition Mystery - Heartstone
ISBN: 1594142890

Five Star. 2005

Heartstone weaves elements of the Arthurian legend into a contemporary quest tale in which a young woman seeks the truth behind her father's disappearance and the mysterious stone he left her. Maxine Pike teaches English and folklore at a community college on Chicago's north side where she lives with an over-sized dog and vague aspirations. Shortly after learning her archaeologist father is missing and presumed dead, she becomes custodian of the strange-colored stone he left her. Immediately she begins searching for answers: what happened to her father and what is the story behind the stone? Events are set in motion that will test her courage and faith and force her to redefine her own reality. However, there are others who lay claim to the stone. There's the young man who believes he's its rightful guardian, and the wealthy psychologist and aspiring media mogul who has far-reaching plans that hinge on the stone and is willing to use anything and anyone to get his hands on it. Along the way, Max receives some unexpected help from mysterious friends of her father's and, perhaps most unexpected, from her older sister, Olivia. Max's journey will take her from Chicago to London and finally to Alyssum, a remote island off Land's End, and to the reclusive man who owns the island. It is here that she learns the stone's fate and confronts her own destiny.

D. C. Brod lives in St. Charles, Illinois, with her husband, Donald, and a cat, Travis McGee.

Getting Sassy
ISBN: 1935562215

Gallery Books. 2010

With her nearly broke and practically homeless mother about to land on her doorstep, Robyn Guthrie learns that desperation can play havoc with a daughter's scruples. Otherwise, why would she even consider kidnapping a goat and holding it for ransom?

Getting Lucky
ISBN: 1440531951

Gallery Books. 2011

When a young reporter is killed in a hit and run accident, freelance writer Robyn Guthrie agrees to finish one of the stories the reporter had been writing for the local newspaper. But nothing is as simple as it seems when she finds out about shady land deals, an old high school nemesis, and Robyn's aging mother.


Heartstone won a Reader's Choice Award, 2005

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