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Officer Down by Theresa Schwegel

Officer Down (edition 2006)

by Theresa Schwegel

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Title:Officer Down
Authors:Theresa Schwegel
Info:St. Martin's Paperbacks (2006), Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
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Officer Down features police woman Samantha “Smack” Mack and is set in

. Samantha is involved with Mason Imes, a married fellow police officer. Despite the fact that Mason continues to live with his wife, in the beginning of the book, Samantha deludes herself that Mason will leave his wife and run away with her. Although she has this one character flaw, Samantha is otherwise a good cop and the story begins with her reluctantly substituting for a sick cop which forces her to work a shift with her old partner, Fred. On that shift, Fred is killed with Samantha’s gun. During the remainder of the book, Samantha works to solve Fred’s murder even though many in the department are saying that Fred was killed by friendly fire, i.e., that Samantha accidentally killed him. To complicate matters, an internal affairs officer is also investigating the murder. The plot certainly contains many twists and turns and Samantha is an interesting character. The book includes some fairly intense scenes of violence. This is the first in a new series. Office Down won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel of 2005. ( )
  joannalongbourne | Feb 27, 2011 |
2006 - Best First Novel by American Author
  jwcooper3 | Nov 15, 2009 |
  sally906 | Jul 27, 2007 |
Officer Down won a 2006 Edgar award for "Best First Novel by an American Author." But, while the book has its moments, I found myself expecting more from it based on the award and all the good things that I heard about it beforehand.

Samantha Mack, a Chicago cop, finds herself battling many of her fellow policemen at her duty precinct, including those closest to her, as she slowly realizes just how dirty the group really is. Eventually she realizes that her very life is in danger and that she cannot tell the good guys from the bad guys.

Mack has plenty of personal problems that complicate the danger that she is in, and writer Theresa Schwegel does a good job of building a personal history and a believable personality for Mack. Unfortunately, Mack has so many personal flaws that, at times, it is almost difficult to root for her...having sex in the front seat of a Jaguar with a man with whom she had a fender-bender just so he won't go to the police about the accident is where her lack of personal character crossed the line for me. She always seems more than willing to use her physical charms as just another weapon, and, since this wasn't some campy James Bond novel, it made her much less of a sympathetic character to me. Schwegel was shooting for "gritty" when she wrote this one, and she succeeded according to the Edgar award people. But I'm not so sure.

I'm going to take a look at Schwegel's second novel, Probable Cause, but it appears that its plot is very similar to that of Officer Down, the story of another Chicago rookie cop being set up (this one is male) to take the fall for a murder. He has to prove his innocence while fighting a new batch of crooked Chicago cops. I hope that Theresa Schwegel is not a one-trick pony, and I'm surprised that her two novels have such similar themes.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312942117, Mass Market Paperback)

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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Knocked unconscious during a police sting operation, police officer Samantha Mack awakens in the hospital to discover that her partner is dead, shot with her gun, but when she embarks on her own investigation, she is suspended.

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