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Anthony-nominated author Libby Fischer Hellmann writes "Compulsively Readable Thrillers." With ten crime fiction thrillers and twenty short stories published, she has also written suspense novels, historical mysteries, PI novels, amateur sleuth mysteries, police procedurals, and even a cozy mystery. At the core of all her stories, however, is always a crime or the possibility of one. And all of them feature strong female characters.
A recovering news junkie, Libby is a transplant from Washington, D.C., where, she says, "When you're sitting around the dinner table gossiping about the neighbors, you're talking politics." That never stopped. Armed with a Masters Degree in Film Production from New York University, and a BA in history from the University of Pennsylvania, she started her career in broadcast news. She began as an assistant film editor at NBC News in New York, but moved back to DC where she worked with Robin MacNeil and Jim Lehrer at N-PACT, the public affairs production arm of PBS. When Watergate broke, she was re-trained as an assistant director and helped produce PBS's night-time broadcasts of the hearings.
In 1978, Libby moved to Chicago to work at Burson-Marsteller, the large international public relations firm, staying until 1985 when she founded Fischer Hellmann Communications. Currently, when not writing, she conducts speaker training programs in platform speaking, presentation skills, media training, and crisis communications. Additionally, Libby also writes and produces videos.
Her first mystery novel, AN EYE FOR MURDER, which features Ellie Foreman, a video producer and single mother, was released in 2002. Publishers Weekly called it a "masterful blend of politics, history, and suspense," and it was nominated for several awards, including the Anthony. That was followed by three more novels in the Ellie Foreman series, which Libby describes as a cross between "Desperate Housewives" and "24."
A few years later, Libby introduced her second series featuring hard-boiled Chicago Private investigator Georgia Davis, whom the Chicago Tribune describes as, "a new no-nonsense detective .... tough and smart enough to give even the legendary V.I. Warshawski a run for her money." There are three books in that series so far: EASY INNOCENCE (2008) and DOUBLEBACK (2009), which was selected as a Great Lakes Booksellers' Association "2009 Great Read," and TOXICITY (2011), a police procedural ebook thriller that became the prequel to the Georgia Davis series.
SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE, (December, 2010) is a standalone thriller that goes back, in part, to the late Sixties in Chicago. Publishers Weekly describes it as "top-rate" and says, "A jazzy fusion of past and present, Hellman's insightful, politically charged whodunit explores a fascinating period in American history." It was short-listed for ForeWord Magazine's Book of 2010 in the suspense/thriller category. Her most recent stand-alone, A BITTER VEIL, which PW calls "meticulously researched and fast-paced", was released in April, 2012. It's set in revolutionary Iran during the shah's overthrow and rise of the Islamic Republic. And her latest acclaimed thriller, HAVANA LOST, spans three generations of the same family and is set largely in Cuba.
Libby has also edited a highly acclaimed crime fiction anthology, CHICAGO BLUES (October, 2007). In May, 2010, she published a collection of her own short stories called NICE GIRL DOES NOIR. In 2005-2006 she was the National President of Sisters in Crime, a 3,400 plus member organization committed to strengthening the voice of female mystery writers.
Libby hopes you visit her at her website: http://www.libbyhellmann.com
A collection of 15 crime fiction short stories in print., some of them award-winners, by author Libby Fischer Hellmann. The collection is divided into two parts: The Ellie Foreman/Georgia Davis stories (5) and Chicago Then and Now; Other Places, Other Times (10) Note: The paperback version contains all 15 stories. The ebook versions area divided… [Read More]
August, 1944, Prague is where the story begins with a seemingly casual exchange of information. But in wartime, is any act, any one thing, trivial? Decades later, in contemporary Chicago, the consequences emerge through the medium of television. Documentary filmmaker Ellie Foreman gets a letter prompted by the success of her show “Celebrate Chicago.” One… [Read More]
The big news story in Chicago is the murder trial of Johnny Santoro, a dock worker whose girlfriend has been killed. Most Chicagoans are betting on a quick guilty verdict, but Ellie Foreman has doubts about his complicity–Santoro is strangely familiar to her. Checking back to the outtakes of a video project in progress while… [Read More]
Who knew that a career in video documentaries could lead to crime? Such is the fate of Chicago’s Ellie Foreman whose shoots hook her up with misdeeds past and present. Here she is producing a video about foster children that’s being financed by a successful Chicago real estate developer. Her plans get thrown for a… [Read More]
In this fourth title in the Ellie Foreman mystery series, the Chicago documentary filmmaker finds herself in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Returning from a video shoot at the Lodge, a newly renovated, upscale resort, Ellie befriends a woman who claims her ride abandoned her at a highway rest stop. But Ellie’s kindness is brutally cut short… [Read More]
Ten years before EASY INNOCENCE, PI Georgia Davis was a police officer on the force in a Chicago suburb. And while homicides are rare on the North Shore, three bodies turn up in quick succession–all of them dumped in waste disposal dumpsters or landfills. The investigations into the murders test the mettle and professionalism of… [Read More]
When pretty, smart Sara Long is found bludgeoned to death, it’s easy to blame the man with the bat. But Georgia Davis — former cop and newly-minted PI — is hired to look into the incident at the behest of the accused’s sister, and what she finds hints at a much different, much darker answer…. [Read More]
ittle Molly Messenger is kidnapped on a sunny June morning. Three days later she’s returned, apparently unharmed. Molly’s mother, Chris, is so grateful to have her daughter back that she’s willing to overlook the odd circumstances. A few days later, the brakes go out on Chris’s car. An accident? Maybe. Except that it turns out… [Read More]
Someone is trying to kill Lila Hilliard. During the Christmas holidays she returns from running errands to find her family home in flames, her father and brother trapped inside. Later, she is attacked by a mysterious man on a motorcycle. . . and the threats don’t end there. As Lila desperately tries to piece together… [Read More]
It all began with a line of Persian poetry . . . Anna and Nouri, both studying in Chicago, fall in love despite their very different backgrounds. Anna, who has never been close to her parents, is more than happy to return with Nouri to his native Iran, to be embraced by his wealthy family…. [Read More]
On the eve of the Cuban Revolution, headstrong 18-year-old Francesca Pacelli flees from her ruthless Mafia-boss father in Havana to the arms of her lover, a rebel fighting with Fidel Castro. Her father, desperate to send her to safety in the US, resorts to torture and blackmail as he searches the island for her. So… [Read More]
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