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Probable Cause

3.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  92 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Ray Weiss is a third generation cop. All he's ever wanted is to follow in his father and grandfather's footsteps. But when he finds out what the senior officers in Chicago's District 20 have planned for his "initiation" into the brotherhood, he faces a difficult choice.

Ray's senior partner, Jack Fiore, asks him to rob a jewelry store. It's just a little fun--especially bec
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Minotaur Books (first published 2006)
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May 08, 2010 Maddy rated it liked it
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RATIG: 3.0

had an impressive debut with Officer Down, which won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. With the current trend in crime fiction of writing series, one might have expected her second book to continue where the first left off. However, Schwegel has chosen to take the stand-alone route. Although Probable Cause is a police procedural, it is not connected to the first book at all.

Officer Ray Weiss is a rookie cop in Chicago District 20 who is following in the footsteps of his father who
Feb 02, 2008 Rick rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Schwegel’s third novel, Person of Interest, got a terrific review in The New York Times in December of last year. Her first novel won an Edgar Award for first novels. This is her second novel, a strongly plotted police procedural set in Chicago that was entertaining but not particularly remarkable. A third generation cop is having trouble fitting in with his colleagues and undertakes an initiation of sorts where to prove his loyalty he commits a robbery of a jewelry store. However, a body is pre ...more
Feb 19, 2015 Ed rated it liked it
Non-series thriller. A well written but dark look at the police.

Police Thriller - Dark look at Ray Weiss, a Chicago cop who would like to do the right thing but is caught in illegal activity by his partner and other cops. After arresting a man for a murder Weiss knows he didn't commit, Ray helps detective Sloane Pearson look for the killer. He feels peer pressure to stop investigating and even wonders if helping Sloane is just to get a date with her.
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Jan 23, 2016 Roman Gokhman rated it liked it
It's not great, but a good read. What makes this story different is the protaganist cop is not a know-it-all, but rather a rookie who does not have the skills to piece the puzzle together until it is spelled out for him at the very end.
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Dec 07, 2015 Andrew Hall rated it liked it
Ok without being extraordinary. Character choices are slightly unbelievable.
Sep 05, 2013 Shiela rated it it was ok
Schwegel's first book won an award and her third book received high accolades from the New York Times. This is the second book she has written and the first book that I have read of hers and I wasn't too impressed. It was kind of boring and all over the place and I had higher hopes especially since the book is about crooked cops.

I will read "Last Known Address" though, it is the next one in the loosely related series. Hopefully, it will be better.
Dec 30, 2012 Cat. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a Christmas gift, signed by the author. I read about 20 pages and donated it to the library.

I'm not fond of books about crooked cops, even if it turns out that they are just cops who are fond of high-jinks. Pass.
Jun 13, 2013 Anne rated it really liked it
A good mystery with lots of twists and turns and relatable characters. So many twists and characters that I had trouble keeping it all straight at times.
Apr 23, 2010 Rose rated it really liked it
A worthy sophomore effort following "Officer Down." This one is a real page-turner.
Jun 23, 2011 Kelly rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, but found it was a little predictable.
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Theresa Schwegel was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She is the author of four crime novels set in and around the Chicago area. Her debut, Officer Down, was published in 2005, and subsequently won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. In 2008, she received the 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library Foundation in recognition for an emerging artist with ties to Chicago. Her fifth n ...more
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