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The Lies We Tell
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In THE LIES WE TELL by Theresa Schwegel, Chicago police detective Gina Simonetti is keeping a secret from the department: she has multiple sclerosis. Raising her young niece on her own, Gina hides her disease; she can't afford to lose her job. Anyway, she is healthier than most of the cops she knows, and greatly appreciates the responsibility of caring for a child.
But Gina's secret is threatened when a colleague calls her in to help trace a suspect: Johnny Marble has added to his rap sheet with an assault charge—this time against his mother. When Gina pays a visit to the mom in the hospital and winds up running into—and after—Marble, she finds herself in a physical confrontation she can't possibly win. He gets away, and Gina is faced with an impossible situation. She has to find him, but knows doing so means turning in the one person who knows the true story of what happened. After all, now that he's seen her fight, Johnny Marble can reveal her deepest secret to the police department.
Though alone in her struggle, Gina isn't alone in her search: in addition to a loyal partner, there is a curious detective and an entire force of coworkers on the hunt. And she's sympathetic to Marble's mother, a woman who is losing her mind to Alzheimer's. Still, Gina fears the fallout: she has no idea how will she keep her own world intact once Marble is found and the truth is out.
Once again, Schwegel brings her remarkable talent to bear in this compelling crime novel about imperfect people struggling against all odds—and this time, against the very people who are supposed to help.

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In THE LIES WE TELL by Theresa Schwegel, Chicago police detective Gina Simonetti is keeping a secret from the department: she has multiple sclerosis. Raising her young niece on her own, Gina hides her disease; she can't afford to lose her job. Anyway, she is healthier than most of the cops she knows, and greatly appreciates the responsibility of caring for a child.
But Gina's secret is threatened when a colleague calls her in to help trace a suspect: Johnny Marble has added to his rap sheet with an assault charge—this time against his mother. When Gina pays a visit to the mom in the hospital and winds up running into—and after—Marble, she finds herself in a physical confrontation she can't possibly win. He gets away, and Gina is faced with an impossible situation. She has to find him, but knows doing so means turning in the one person who knows the true story of what happened. After all, now that he's seen her fight, Johnny Marble can reveal her deepest secret to the police department.
Though alone in her struggle, Gina isn't alone in her search: in addition to a loyal partner, there is a curious detective and an entire force of coworkers on the hunt. And she's sympathetic to Marble's mother, a woman who is losing her mind to Alzheimer's. Still, Gina fears the fallout: she has no idea how will she keep her own world intact once Marble is found and the truth is out.
Once again, Schwegel brings her remarkable talent to bear in this compelling crime novel about imperfect people struggling against all odds—and this time, against the very people who are supposed to help.

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        May 22, 2017
        In this nuanced, thought-provoking crime novel from Edgar-winner Schwegel (The Good Boy), Chicago cop Gina Simonetti struggles to hide her multiple sclerosis from her department. If her disease is revealed, she fears losing her job as well as her ability to care for toddler Isabel, her addict brother’s child. She’s raising Isabel alone because her feckless ex, Tom Sheridan, bailed when Gina got her diagnosis. After an altercation with Johnny Marble—who’s suspected of assaulting his frail mother, among others—leaves Gina in the hospital and risks exposing her diagnosis, she becomes torn between the hunt for Johnny and her fear of being called to testify against him, which will require confessing the reason for her physical weakness. Eventually, Gina uncovers a deeper web of exploitation stretching far beyond domestic abuse. Schwegel fleshes out a slow-burning plot with compelling portraiture as she addresses larger questions about the nexus of profitability and care among society’s most vulnerable. Agent: David Hale Smith, Inkwell Management.

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        May 15, 2017
        A Chicago cop tries to keep her own career-ending secret hidden while working an investigation that could cost her more than her badge.In her sixth Chicago-set crime novel, this one a stand-alone featuring Detective Gina Simonetti, Edgar Award winner Schwegel (The Good Boy, 2013, etc.) backs herself--and her tough-talking protagonist--into a labyrinthine corner plot with no logical exits. Simonetti has not-quite-legal custody of her brother's 2-year-old daughter, Isabel, whom she whisked away from a drug-addled home before the start of the novel. Trouble is, not only is Isabel not officially Simonetti's, but Simonetti isn't physically fit to be a cop: she suffers from the early stages of multiple sclerosis, a disease that rears its head when it suits the narrative rather than when it might naturally flare up for the patient. During a scuffle with suspect Johnny Marble, who's been accused of accosting his elderly mother, Simonetti not only gets knocked around, but loses her gun to Marble as a result of her condition. Turns out she's not the only one who's after Marble, but Simonetti is leery about whom to trust and what Marble might say about her capacity. The case starts to unravel when she visits Marble's mother, Kay St. Claire, who has Alzheimer's disease, and discovers something isn't right with the woman's seemingly attentive caregiver. Simonetti's burning desire to protect Isabel, attempts to hide her own disability, and efforts to uncover the truth behind the fleecing of unknowing patients read like disparate plot points from three separate novels. Despite a brash heroine with an empathetic predicament, there's little to grasp onto here, leaving the reader adrift.

        COPYRIGHT(2017) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        June 1, 2017

        This stand-alone by the Edgar Award-winning author of Officer Down introduces a female Chicago police detective with a secret. Gina Simonetti's recent diagnosis of multiple sclerosis threatens everything she values: her job and custody of her toddler niece. Her attempts to hide her physical limitations are threatened when she confronts suspect Johnny Marble in a hospital stairwell. When Gina makes a misstep, Johnny overpowers her and takes her gun. Now she's tracking the man who could reveal her weakness, while lying to her boss and coworkers. Gina's flaw is not her MS, but her determination to hide it, and Schwegel's intricately plotted story is driven by her desperate choices. VERDICT For fans of Karin Slaughter and crime novels headed by flawed protagonists. [See Prepub Alert, 1/30/17; library marketing.]--LH

        Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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But Gina's secret is threatened when a colleague calls her in to help trace a suspect: Johnny Marble has added to his rap sheet with an assault charge—this time against his mother. When Gina pays a visit to the mom in the hospital and winds up running into—and after—Marble, she finds herself in a physical confrontation she can't possibly win. He gets away, and Gina is faced with an impossible situation. She has to find him, but knows doing so means turning in the one person who knows the true story of what happened. After all, now that he's seen her fight, Johnny Marble can reveal her deepest...

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