Laura Caldwell
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Laura Caldwell

Laura Caldwell 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 14 novels and one nonfiction book.

Before beginning her writing career, Laura was a partner in a Chicago law firm, specializing in medical malpractice defense and entertainment law. In 2001 she joined Loyola University Chicago School of Law and has taught Advanced Litigation Writing and International Criminal Law among others.

Laura began her writing career in women's fiction and soon turned to mystery/thriller. Her first book, Burning the Map, was voted as one of the best books the year by Barnes and Noble.com. Booklist declared "Caldwell is one of the most talented and inventive ... writers around," after the release of The Year of Living Famously and The Night I Got Lucky. The release of her trilogy in 2009 received critical acclaim and nominations for prestigious industry awards.

While researching her sixth novel, The Rome Affair, Caldwell was led to the criminal case of a 19-year-old man charged with murder, sitting in a Cook County holding cell for nearly six years with no trial date. After hearing about his case, Laura joined a renowned criminal defense attorney to defend him, ultimately proving his innocence and inspiring her first nonfiction book, Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him (Free Press, Simon & Schuster).

She is published in over 25 countries and translated into more than 13 languages. Laura is also a freelance magazine writer and has been published in Chicago Magazine, Woman's Own, The Young Lawyer, Lake Magazine, Australia Woman's Weekly, Shore Magazine and others.

Laura founded Loyola's Life After Innocence that assists wrongfully convicted individuals or other innocent persons affected by the criminal justice system in order to help them re-enter society and reclaim their lives.

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    • Anatomy of Innocence

    • Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted
    • By: Laura Caldwell - editor, Leslie S. Klinger - editor
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot, Scott Aiello, Sarah Naughton, and others
    • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    Recalling the great muckrakers of the past, an outraged team of America's best-selling writers unite to confront the disasters of wrongful convictions....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 3,000 Wrongfully Convicted Prisoners

    • By Matthew Tsien on 06-01-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Dog Park

    • By: Laura Caldwell
    • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
    • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      4 out of 5 stars 12

    Stylist Jessica Champlin knows it takes more than a darling goldendoodle to save a marriage. She and her ex-husband had too many irreconcilable differences....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a nice surprise

    • By Texasrodie on 07-07-18

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    • Long Way Home

    • A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him
    • By: Laura Caldwell
    • Narrated by: Laura Caldwell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 211
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 188
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 188

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Compelling and important

    • By G Pigott on 03-04-13
    • A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him
    • By: Laura Caldwell
    • Narrated by: Laura Caldwell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
    • Release date: 01-28-13
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 211 ratings

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Question of Trust

    • An Izzy McNeil Novel, Book 5
    • By: Laura Caldwell
    • Narrated by: Nancy Liem
    • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    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....

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    • Claim of Innocence

    • An Izzy McNeil Mystery, Book 4
    • By: Laura Caldwell
    • Narrated by: Nancy Liem
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Forbidden relationships are the most tempting. And the most dangerous. It was a crime of passion—or so the police say.....

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    • Red, White & Dead

    • By: Laura Caldwell
    • Narrated by: Nancy Liem
    • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
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      4 out of 5 stars 20

    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....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
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    • Red Hot Lies

    • By: Laura Caldwell
    • Narrated by: Nancy Liem
    • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 166
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      4 out of 5 stars 72
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 75

    They say bad things happen in threes. When her fiancé, Sam, disappears on the same day her mentor and biggest client is killed, hotshot Chicago attorney Izzy McNeil starts counting....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A bit uneven, but fun!

    • By Marie on 03-14-10

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    • Red Blooded Murder

    • By: Laura Caldwell
    • Narrated by: Nancy Liem
    • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
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      4 out of 5 stars 40
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Chicago is the Windy City, and these days the winds of change are whipping Izzy McNeil's life all over the map....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good but could use a little more humor

    • By Dianne on 06-18-10

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    • False Impressions

    • By: Laura Caldwell
    • Narrated by: Nancy Wu
    • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
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    Chicago attorney Izzy McNeil is ready to take a break from private investigation and focus on her career in criminal law....

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    • Burning the Map

    • By: Laura Caldwell
    • Narrated by: Piper Goodeve
    • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
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    Before Casey Evers slides into 14-hour days at a Chicago law firm, she heads to Rome and Greece with her two best friends for one last hurrah....

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