About the Author

Rob Shumaker is an attorney living in Illinois.  He received his J.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Law and his B.S. in political science from Illinois State University.

There are currently eight installments in the Capital series novels with the order as follows:

1.) Thunder in the Capital  2.) Showdown in the Capital  3.) Chaos in the Capital  4.) D-Day in the Capital
5.) Manhunt in the Capital  6.) Fallout in the Capital  7.) Phantom in the Capital 8.) Blackout in the Capital

Besides his Capital series novels, Rob Shumaker is a frequent contributor to various legal publications.


For Traffic Stops, Ignorance of the Law Can Be an Excuse
103 Illinois Bar Journal 38 (September 2015)

Citizen Tips and the Fourth Amendment
102 Illinois Bar Journal 336 (July 2014)

The Fourth Amendment and Warrantless Searches of a Shared Dwelling
Illinois State Bar Association, Criminal Justice Newsletter, Vol. 57, No. 5 (June 2014)

Casenote, License Plates, Trailer Ball Hitches, and the Illinois Vehicle Code
Illinois State Bar Association, Traffic Laws & Courts Newsletter (September 2013)

Florida v. Harris & Proof of the Reliability of the Drug-Detection Canine
Illinois State Bar Association, Criminal Justice Newsletter, Vol. 56, No. 5 (April 2013); also in Illinois State Bar Association, Animal Law Newsletter (April 2013)

Objects under the Rearview Mirror may be more of a Material Obstruction than they Appear
Illinois State Bar Association, Criminal Justice Newsletter, Vol. 56, No. 2 (November 2012); reprinted in Illinois State Bar Association, Traffic Laws & Courts Newsletter, Vol. 22, No. 3 (March 2013)

Six Common Criminal-Trial Errors and How to Avoid Them
100 Illinois Bar Journal 212 (April 2012)

The Supreme Court Lowers the Bar for Post-Conviction Petitions
99 Illinois Bar Journal 624 (December 2011) (coauthored with Stephanie Anders)

Using Life Insurance to Secure a Maintenance Obligation
98 Illinois Bar Journal 466 (September 2010)

The Fine vs. Fee Conundrum
Illinois State Bar Association, Criminal Justice Newsletter, Vol. 54, No.1
(August 2010) (coauthored with Stephanie Anders)

A Freer Hand for Police at Illinois Traffic Stops
97 Illinois Bar Journal 624 (December 2009)

A Guide to Involuntary Commitment in Illinois
96 Illinois Bar Journal 568 (November 2008)

Intrastate Forum Non Conveniens in Illinois: Post-Langenhorst Confusion
95 Illinois Bar Journal 300 (June 2007)

Casenote, Failing to Recognize the Need for an Exception to the Attorney-Client Privilege: The Supreme Court’s Decision in Swidler & Berlin
24 Southern Illinois University Law Journal 645 (Spring 2000)

Novel Collection

Please review his collection of work on Lulu.com https://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?keyWords=rob+shumaker&type=. You can also see his work on Amazon and iTunes, just click on their respective button in the navigation above to get a full list of options.

4 Responses to “About the Author”
  1. Philip Palmer says:

    It is refreshing to find some fiction which also lays out the conservative viewpoint on the state of affairs in the present far-left Democratic party. Although fiction, it is not far from the truth in depicting the damaging, tyrannical programs the present Democrats are pursuing, the utter lack of integrity of these people in pursuing their goals, and the role of the press in distorting reality to slavishly push their programs. Sadly, it is not difficult to imagine that the fictional portrayal of current state of affairs is not far from the truth. Too bad more cannot be said about the criminality and stupidity of the present Administration, and the way the career politicians in both parties knowingly facilitate the demise of democracy in America.

  2. Charlene Riggs says:

    I am a democrat, much more moderate than the ones in the book. I truly enjoy these books and hope there will be more.

  3. Grant Owen says:

    Are there any more Capital Series books planned after No 7

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