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Probable Cause

3.15  ·  Rating Details ·  96 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Officer Ray Weiss is a cop's son, a cop's grandson. All he's ever wanted is to follow in their footsteps. But when he finds out what the senior officers in Chicago's District 20 have in store for him and the other rookies as "initiation" into their brotherhood, he has to make a choice.

Ray's senior partner, Jack Fiore, asks him to break into a jewelry store and steal a few
ebook, 304 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Minotaur Books (first published 2006)
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Sep 08, 2016 Maddy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Theresa Schwegel 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
Feb 02, 2008 Rick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
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.
Sep 05, 2013 Shiela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Roman Gokhman
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.
Dec 30, 2012 Cat. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished, fiction
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.
Tinae Goodell
I didn't like this book, lots of language some was interesting but just not that catchy for me to finish.
Jun 13, 2013 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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