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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Theresa Schwegel  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1975 in Chicago

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Illinois Connection

Schwegel was born and raised in Chicago. She received a Bachelors in Communication from Loyola University and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Biographical and Professional Information

Theresa Schwegel has worked as a personal trainer, a director’s assistant, a freelance writer and a bartender. Today she writes full time. She is the author of four crime novels set in and around the Chicago area.

Published Works

  • Officer Down, Quercus, 2007
  • Probable Cause, Quercus, 2008
  • Person of Interest, St. Martin's Minotaur, 2008
  • Last Known Address, Minotaur Books, 2009
  • The Good Boy: A Novel, Minotaur Books, 2014

Selected Titles At Your Library

Officer down /
ISBN: 1847240224. OCLC Number:

Quercus,. London :. 2007.

Probable cause /
ISBN: 1847242995. OCLC Number:

Quercus,. London :. 2008.

Person of interest /
ISBN: 0312945337. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Paperbacks,. New York, N.Y. :. 2009, ©2007.

Last known address /
ISBN: 031236427X. OCLC Number:

Minotaur Books,. New York :. 2009.

Chicago Detective Sloane Pearson tracks down a rapist. But as the baffling case intensifies, one of the victims turns out to be Sloane's real estate agent, making the investigation more personal than ever.

The good boy /
ISBN: 1250054311. OCLC Number:

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Edgar award winner Theresa Schwegel returns with The Good Boy, her most dramatic and emotional novel to date, a family epic that combines the hard-boiled grit of her acclaimed police thrillers with an intimate portrait of a young boy trying to follow his heart in an often heartless city. For Officer Pete Murphy, K9 duty is as much a punishment as a promotion. When a shaky arrest reignites a recent scandal and triggers a multimillion-dollar lawsuit, all eyes are on Pete as the department braces for another media firestorm. Meanwhile, Pete's eleven-year-old son Joel feels invisible. His parents hardly notice him--unless they're arguing about his "behavioral problems"--and his older sister, McKenna, has lately disappeared into the strange and frightening world of teenagerdom. About the only friend Joel has left is Butchie, his father's furry "partner." When Joel and Butchie follow McKenna to a neighborhood bully's party, illegal activity kicks the dog's police training into overdrive, and soon the duo are on the run, navigating the streets of Chicago as they try to stay one step ahead of the bad guys--bad guys who may have a very personal interest in getting some payback on Officer Pete Murphy.


21st Century Award for an emerging artist with ties to Chicago, Chicago Public Library Foundation, 2008

Officer Down

  • Edgar Award for Best First Novel, 2005
  • Shortlisted for the Anthony Award
  • Probable Cause

  • Editors Choice, New York Times, January 2007
  • Person of Interest

  • Publisher's Weekly Top 10 mystery of 2007

    Speaking Engagements

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