Theresa Schwegel was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She is the author of six 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 sixth novel, The Lies We Tell, will be released this summer.