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Person of Interest

by Theresa Schwegel
St. Martin's/Minotaur, November 2007, $

Chicago cop Craig McHugh is working undercover to get information on Chinese and Vietnamese gangs who are involved in the drug trade. The operation has run out of money so Craig's been using his own to stay in a card game that he thinks will open doors to Chinatown. He hasn't bothered to tell his wife Leslie what he's doing, and she concludes he's having an affair. So when their daughter's boyfriend Niko shows interest in Mom, Leslie indulges in a dalliance of her own. Meanwhile, Craig single-mindedly pursues his drug case, oblivious to the fact that his own family is being drawn into danger and destruction.

Craig and Leslie's marriage seems destined to crumble the way so many cop marriages do and Schwegel's handling of the story's emotional relationships is at the center of this crime story. Adept characterization coupled with the ability to write evocative scenes like Leslie's visit to a jazz club where Niko plays--which will have readers slapping the table in time--make this tough-spirited story an excellent read. Her characters aren't always likeable, but they're true. There's a reason she won an Edgar for her first novel, Probable Cause.

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Chicago cop Craig McHugh is working undercover to get information on Chinese and Vietnamese gangs who are involved in the drug trade. The operation has run out of money so Craig's been using his own to stay in a card game that he thinks will open doors to Chinatown. He hasn't bothered to tell his wife Leslie what he's doing, and she concludes he's having an affair. So when their daughter's boyfriend Niko shows interest in Mom, Leslie indulges in a dalliance of her own. Meanwhile, Craig single-mindedly pursues his drug case, oblivious to the fact that his own family is being drawn into danger and destruction.

Craig and Leslie's marriage seems destined to crumble the way so many cop marriages do and Schwegel's handling of the story's emotional relationships is at the center of this crime story. Adept characterization coupled with the ability to write evocative scenes like Leslie's visit to a jazz club where Niko plays--which will have readers slapping the table in time--make this tough-spirited story an excellent read. Her characters aren't always likeable, but they're true. There's a reason she won an Edgar for her first novel, Probable Cause.

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by Theresa Schwegel
St. Martin's/Minotaur, November 2007, $

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November 2007
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