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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Laura Caldwell  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

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Caldwell lives in Chicago. She attended Loyola University in Chicago and is currently an adjunct professor and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the School of Law.

Biographical and Professional Information

Laura Caldwell is a Lawyer-turned-Author-turned-Humanitarian. She is a former civil trial attorney, now Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Director of Life After Innocence, published author of 10 novels and 1 nonfiction book.Laura’s began her writing career in women’s fiction and soon turned to mystery/thriller. Research of her sixth novel led her to Jovan Mosley, a young man held in Cook County holding cell for nearly six years. What transpired next is chronicled in Caldwell’s first nonfiction, Long Way Home.She is published in over 22 countries and translated into more than 13 languages.


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Burning The Map
ISBN: 0373250215

Red Dress Ink. 2002

Twenty-six-year-old Casey Evers, who has her life perfectly mapped out, joins her two best friends on an illuminating trip to Rome and Greece, where she unexpectedly embarks on a journey of self-discovery that causes her to question her life and her long-term relationship with her boyfriend John. Original.

A Clean Slate (Red Dress Ink)
ISBN: 037325038X

Red Dress Ink. 2003

Laid off from her job and dumped by her boyfriend, thirty-year-old Kelly McGraw, suffering from memory loss, decides to reinvent herself and embarks on a journey of self-discovery that forces her to confront the past in order to face the future. 150,000 first printing.

The Year Of Living Famously (Red Dress Ink)
ISBN: 0373250754

Red Dress Ink. 2004

When clothing designer Kyra Felis marries famous Hollywood actor Declan McKenna, she longs to return to her old life after she becomes submerged in a dangerous world of fame and celebrity. Original. 75,000 first printing.

The Night I Got Lucky (Red Dress Ink Novels)
ISBN: 0373895313

Red Dress Ink. 2005

When, by an unexpected streak of good fortune, a strange therapist, and a jade frog, she gets everything she wants in life--including a promotion, a newly amorous husband, and a flirtation on the side--Billy Randall soon discovers that she wants her old life back. Original.

Look Closely
ISBN: 0778321835

Mira. 2005

An anonymous letter brings attorney Hailey Sutter face to face with dark secrets of the past as it forces her to investigate the death of her mother, who had died when Hailey was seven years old, hinting that the accident that claimed her mother's life had actually been murder and forcing her to seek out the estranged brother and sister whom she has not seen in years. Original.

Dr. Funster's Think-A-Minutes C2 - Fast, Fun Brainwork for Higher Grades & Top Test Scores (Grades 6-8)
ISBN: 0894558110

The Critical Thinking Co. 2002

This 48-page book is a collection of our most popular quick, fun thinking puzzles. The wide variety of activities in each book develop reading comprehension, vocabulary, and mathematical reasoning as well as writing, spatial, and visual perceptual skills. They also build deductive, inductive (inferential), and creative thinking skills. The puzzles are perfect for school, home, and travel. They are very popular as brain-start, extra credit, sponge, or reward activities. Each book includes easy-to-follow directions and answers. Try one and you'll be hooked!

The Good Liar
ISBN: 0778325016

Mira Books. 2008



Kate Livingston and Liza Kingsley have been best friends since their childhood in the suburbs of Chicago. They know everything about each other. Or do they?

When Liza sets up the newly divorced Kate with Michael Waller, an elegant man sixteen years her senior, neither woman expects Kate to fall for him so soon. The relationship is a whirlwind that enthralls Kate…and frightens Liza. Because Liza knows she may have introduced Kate to more than her dream man

she may have unwittingly introduced her to a dangerous world of secrets.

And yet Kate marries Michael and follows him to a French-Canadian town called St. Marabel, where she begins to suspect that Michael isn't exactly who he seems. As each new suspicion arises, Kate finds herself investigating her husband, but what she doesn't know is that she's about to steer her friendship with Liza on a collision course that will race from the U.S. to Russia and from Canada to Brazil, and the betrayals she uncovers could cause the end of all of them.

Red, White & Dead (An Izzy McNeil Novel)
ISBN: 0778326667

Mira Books. 2009



Izzy McNeil is hot on the trail of one of Chicago's most notorious gangsters. Not that he realizes the crimson-tressed enchantress, a self-proclaimed "lapsed lawyer," is moonlighting as a private investigator. But when an unexpected run-in trashes Izzy's cover, she's swept into an evil underworld where she is definitely not safe.

That is until Izzy receives help from an unlikely source: the ultimate guardian angel. And the last person she ever dreamed she'd see again. Now Izzy is racing from Chicago to Rome, all the while battling personal demons, Mafiosi killers and red hot emergency desires….

Red Blooded Murder (Izzy McNeil)
ISBN: 0778326586

MIRA Books. 2009



Chicago is the Windy City, and these days the winds of change are whipping Izzy McNeil's life all over the map. A high-profile job on Trial TV lands her in the hot seat. After a shocking end to her engagement, she finds herself juggling not only her ex-fianc, but a guy she never expected. And a moonlighting undercover gig has her digging deep into worlds she barely knew existed.

But all of this takes a backseat when Izzy's friend winds up brutally murdered. Suddenly, Izzy must balance the demands of a voracious media and the knowledge that she didn't know her friend as well as she thought.

Red Hot Lies (An Izzy McNeil Novel)
ISBN: 0778326500

Mira Books. 2009



They say bad things happen in threes. When her fianc, Sam, disappears on the same day her mentor and biggest client is killed, hotshot Chicago attorney Izzy McNeil starts counting. But trouble keeps coming. Sam is implicated in the client's death, her apartment is broken into and it's not just the authorities who are following her.

Now, to find Sam and uncover her client's murderer, Izzy will have to push past limits she never imagined. Lucky for her she's always thrived under pressure, because her world is falling apart. Fast. And the trail of half truths and lies is red-hot.

Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him
ISBN: 1439100233

Free Press. 2010


Nineteen-year-old Jovan Mosley, a good kid from one of Chicago’s very bad neighborhoods, was coerced into confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. Charged with murder, he spent five years and eight months in a prison for violent criminals. Without a trial.

Jovan grew up on the rough streets of Chicago’s Southeast Side. With one brother dead of HIV complications, another in jail for arson and murder, and most kids his age in gangs, Jovan struggled to be different. Until his arrest, he was. He excelled in school, dreamed of being a lawyer, and had been accepted to Ohio State.

Then on August 6, 1999, Jovan witnessed a fight that would result in a man’s death. Six months later, he was arrested, cruelly questioned, and forced into a confession. Sent to a holding jail for violent criminals, he tried ceaselessly to get a trial so he could argue his case. He studied what casework he could, rigorously questioning his public defenders. But time after time his case was shoved aside. Amiable, bright, and peaceable, he struggled to stay alive in prison. As the years ground on, he’d begun to lose hope when, by chance, he met Catharine O’Daniel, a successful criminal defense lawyer. Although nearly all cases with a signed confession result in a conviction, she was so moved by him, and so convinced of his innocence, that Cathy accepted Jovan as her first pro bono client. Cathy asked Laura Caldwell to join her and together they battled for Jovan’s exoneration. Here is Laura’s firsthand account of their remarkable journey.

This is a harrowing true story about justice, friendship, failure, and success. A breakdown of the justice system sent a nice kid to one of the nation’s nastiest jails for nearly six years without a trial. It would take a triumph of human kindness, ingenuity, and legal jousting to give Jovan even a fighting chance.

Deeply affecting, Long Way Home is a remarkable story of how change can happen even in a flawed system and of how friendship can emanate from the most unexpected places.

Claim of Innocence (An Izzy McNeil Novel)
ISBN: 0778329321

MIRA. 2011



Forbidden relationships are the most tempting. And the most dangerous.

It was a crime of passion—or so the police say. Valerie Solara has been charged with poisoning her best friend. The prosecution claims she's always been secretly attracted to Amanda's husband…and with Amanda gone, she planned to make her move.

Attorney Izzy McNeil left the legal world a year ago, but a friend's request pulls her into the murder trial. Izzy knows how passion can turn your life upside down. She thought she had it once with her ex-fiancé, Sam. Now she wonders if that's all she has in common with her criminally gorgeous younger boyfriend, Theo.

It's Izzy's job to present the facts that will exonerate her client—whether or not she's innocent. But when she suspects Valerie is hiding something, she begins investigating—and uncovers a web of secret passions and dark motives, where seemingly innocent relationships can prove poisonous…

The Rome Affair
ISBN: 0778323099

MIRA. 2006

It was an affair...to regret.

Rachel Blakely's charmed life is significantly tarnished after her husband Nick's infidelity, but she wants to give her marriage a second chance. Then a business trip to sun-drenched Rome with her best girlfriend Kit leads to a night of passion with a stranger

— a one-night stand meant to signify the end of a painful chapter in her life.

Rachel returns home determined to put the past behind her, and at first life seems golden again. Nick is more loving than ever, and following his promotion to senior partner in a prestigious plastic surgery practice, the couple is welcomed into Chicago's high society, where beautiful people live beautiful lives.

But there is a dark side...one that sends Rachel's life spiraling into a nightmare.

It's clear everyone is guilty of something. But whose secrets will lead to murder?

Question of Trust (Izzy Mcneil #5)
ISBN: 0778313212

MIRA. 2012



Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. But what if you can't tell which is which?

When attorney Izzy McNeil's home is broken into, right after her boyfriend, Theo, moves in, she ignores the coincidence. When Theo is arrested on charges of fraud, she wants to believe he's innocent. But when a neighbor is found dead, she can't ignore that something is very, very wrong.

Izzy also can't forget how Theo was inexplicably turned down for a mortgage. Or his recent moody silences. Or how a stranger warned her that Theo needs to "accept responsibility…"

Thrust into Theo's case, Izzy must walk the line between attorney and lover to prove that Theo is innocent. But only Izzy can decide whether trusting Theo will keep her safe…or throw her into unimaginable danger.

False Impressions (An Izzy McNeil Novel)
ISBN: 0778313735

MIRA. 2012



Chicago attorney Izzy McNeil is ready to take a break from private investigation and focus on her career in criminal law. But as a favor, she agrees to work with Madeline Saga, a beautiful art gallery owner who fears that artwork she has sold is fake. Who in Madeline's tight circle of artists and gallery owners is guilty of the forgeries?

When Madeline's life is threatened, Izzy is suddenly asking a more troublesome question: Who wants the gallery owner dead?

As the case spins out of control, there's only one person who makes Izzy feel safe—Detective Damon Vaughn. But getting close to her former nemesis is full of surprises. Astonishing truths about the glittering Chicago art scene will introduce Izzy to the deadliest art of deception.…

The Dog Park
ISBN: 0778317145

MIRA. 2014

www.LauraCaldwell.com

A couple's best friend?



Stylist Jessica Champlin knows it takes more than a darling goldendoodle to save a marriage. She and her ex-husband, investigative journalist Sebastian Hess, had too many irreconcilable differences for even their beloved dog, Baxter, to heal. So they've agreed to joint custody, and life has settled into a prickly normalcy.



But when Baxter heroically rescues a child and the video footage goes viral, Jess and Sebastian are thrown together again, and her life takes some very unexpected twists. The line of dogwear she creates becomes wildly successful, and suddenly she's in the spotlight with everyone watching—the press, the new guy she's seeing, Sebastian and the past she never imagined she would face again. Soon there's only one person by her side—and it's the person she least expected. She's willing to open up to a new normal…just as long as Baxter approves.