Individual Author Record
Name: Libby Fischer HellmannPen Name: None Genre: Mystery Born: 1949 in Washington DC Sites:
Illinois ConnectionHellmann has lived in the Chicago area for over thirty years.
Biographical and Professional InformationLibby Fischer Hellmann is an award-winning writer who, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, "has carved out an enviable position in the local mystery scene." Her books have been called "masterful" and "powerful". Her awards include being a finalist in the Benjamin Franklin Awards for mystery-suspense writing and a Readers' Choice award for Best First Book. Along with the books she has written, Hellmann also edited the acclaimed crime fiction anthology - [http://www.amazon.com/Chicago-Blues-Libby-Fischer-Hellmann/dp/1932557490/ref=sr_1_cc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1290185658&sr=1-1-catcorr Chicago Blues] .When Hellmann is not writing, she conducts executive training programs. She has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in Film Production from New York University. After eight years in television news, she spent eight years at Burson-Marsteller, a large public relations firm.In 2005-2006 she was the National President of Sisters in Crime. Hellmann also blogs with [http://theoutfitcollective.com "The Outfit Collective"].
The Ellie Foreman Mysteries:
- An Eye For Murder, Poisoned Pen Press, 2002
- A Picture of Guilt, Poisoned Pen Press, 2003
- An Image of Death, Poisoned Pen Press, 2004
- A Shot to Die For, Poisioned Pen Press, 2005
- Jump Cut, Poisoned Pen Press, 2015The Georgia Davis Series:
- Easy Innocence, Bleak House Books, 2008
- Doubleback, Bleak House Books, 2009
- ToxiCity, Red Herrings Press, 2011
- Nobody's Child, Red Herrings Press, 2014Short Stories:
- Nice Girl Does Noir, Fischer Hellmann Communications, 2010
- Nice Girl Does Noir:2, CreateSpace, 2011 Stand Alone Novels:
- Set the Night On Fire, Allium Press, 2010
- A Bitter Veil, Allium Press, April 2012
- Havana Lost, Red Herrings Press, 2013
- The Incidental Spy, Red Herrings, 2015
- War, Spies & Bobby Sox, Red Herrings, 2017
Titles At Your Library
Picture of Guilt, A: An Ellie Foreman Mystery (Ellie Foreman Series)
ISBN: 1590585151 Poisoned Pen Press. 2008
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 the murder took place, Ellie finds evidence that could save Santoro from a lifetime behind bars. It seems the perfect alibi. But the tape is compromised by strange radio interference and Santoro goes to jail. Almost immediately, Ellie's world begins to shift: a suspicious vehicle follows her, the Chicago mob shows up, and the FBI wants to question her. She doesn't have answers, but she has questions of her own about the radio transmissions. Everything indicates that someone wants something from her, something bigger than the Santoro case. If only she could figure out what it is... A Picture of Guilt follows Ellie's award-winning debut in An Eye for Murder. Originally from Washington, DC, Libby Fischer Hellmann has lived in Chicago for 30 years and finds the contrast between the beautiful and the profane in that city a crime writer's paradise. There are four novels in the Ellie Foreman series. www.hellmann.com
An Image of Death (Prime Crime Mysteries)
ISBN: 042519504X Berkley Publishing Group. 2004 A surveillance tape showing the murder of a young woman is left on Chicago TV documentary producer, Ellie Foreman's doorstep.When she hands the video to police, they're not interested in who the woman was. Except Officer Georgia Davis, who joins Ellie to solve the crime.
A little digging reveals that the murder victim was a diamond courier with a dark history forged in Eastern Europe after the collapse of the USSR. And a little more digging leads them back home to money laundering, shady real estate deals, and the deadly price of dealing in diamonds.
An Image of Death brings together for the first time two of Chicago's finest female investigators in what became a prequel to Hellmann's 2014 best-selling thriller, Nobody's Child.
A Shot to Die For
ISBN: 0425203107 Berkley. 2005 When she befriends a woman who claims that she was abandoned at a roadside rest stop, occasional sleuth Ellie Forman finds herself the target of a killer when the woman is shot dead, a brutal act of violence that unexpectedly exposes the secrets of the town. Original.
Jump Cut (Ellie Foreman Series)
ISBN: 1464205191 Poisoned Pen Press. 2016
Hired to produce a candy-floss profile of Chicago-based aviation giant Delcroft, Ellie is dismayed when company VP Charlotte Hollander trashes the production and cancels the project. Ellie believes Hollander was spooked by shots of a specific man in the video footage. But when Ellie arranges to meet the man to find out why, he is killed by a subway train before they can talk. In the confusion, she finds a seemingly abandoned pack of cigarettes with a flash drive inside that belonged to the now-dead man.
Ellie gets the drive's contents decrypted, but before long discovers she's under surveillance. Suspecting Delcroft and the ambitious Hollander are behind it, she's unconvinced when Hollander tells her the dead man was a Chinese spy. Ellie and her boyfriend, Luke, try to find answers, but they don't realize how far they have ventured into the dangerous echelons of hidden power where more lives are on the line―including their own.
Easy Innocence (Georgia Davis Mysteries)
ISBN: 1932557660 Bleak House Books. 2008 Removed from the gritty streets of Chicago, the residents of the North Shore sleep easily in their million dollar homes. Easily, that is, until a local girl is discovered bludgeoned to death in the woods. Quick to blame the man with the bat, the North Shore returns to its version of normalcy. But the accused's sister isn't so willing to forget and hires Georgia Davisformer cop and newly-minted PIto look into the incident. What Georgia finds hints at a much different, darker answer. It seems that some privileged, preppy schoolgirls on Chicago's North Shore have learned just how much their innocence is worth to hot-under-the-collar businessmen. And while these girls can now pay for Prada, iPhones, and Jimmy Choos with their earnings, they don't realize that their new business venture may end up costing them more than they can afford...
Doubleback (The Georgia Davis Series)
ISBN: 1606480537 Bleak House Books. 2009 Little 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 that Chris, the IT manager at a large Chicago bank, may have misappropriated three million dollars. Not convinced that his daughter is safe, Molly's father hires PI Georgia Davis to follow the money and investigate Chris's death.
Doubleback, the sequel to the acclaimed Easy Innocence, reunites PI Georgia Davis with video producer Ellie Foreman (An Eye For Murder, A Picture Of Guilt, An Image Of Death, A Shot To Die For). The two women track leads from Northern Wisconsin to an Arizona border town, where illegal immigrants, smuggled drugs, and an independent contractor called Delton Security come into play. Georgia and Ellie go to great lengths to find the truth, and Georgia discovers that you can cross a line, but sometimes you have to double back.
Set the Night on Fire
ISBN: 0984067655 Allium Press. 2010 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 who is after her and why, she uncovers information about her father's past in Chicago during the volatile days of the late 1960s . . . information he never shared with her, but now threatens to destroy her. Part thriller, part historical novel, and part love story, Set the Night on Fire paints an unforgettable portrait of Chicago during a turbulent time: the riots at the Democratic Convention . . . the struggle for power between the Black Panthers and SDS . . . and a group of young idealists who tried to change the world.
Nice Girl Does Noir: A Collection of Short Stories
ISBN: 1461087295 CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2011 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: This is the combined print version of Nice Girl Does Noir, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.
ToxiCity: Georgia Davis Prequel
ISBN: 0984014101 Red Herrings, The. 2011 Libby Fischer Hellmann's thriller TOXICITY is as gritty as it is spellbinding. Populated with fully-realized characters, TOXICITY introduces us to Hellmann's signature heroine, Georgia Davis. But we meet Georgia ten years earlier, when she is a young and determined rookie on a Chicago police force. In Georgia's debut, we see her tenacity and strength, but also her vulnerability: the seeds sown for the woman she will become. TOXICITY works on all levels, drawing the reader inexorably into a web of deceit, heart-crushing loss, and righteous fury. This wicked brew explodes in a stunning and satisfying conclusion that answers every question. Hellmann pulls no punches. --J. Carson Black, best-selling author of THE SHOP and DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
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 a combined police task force. Along the way, they also test the strength of Georgia's relationship with one of the detectives working the case. While Georgia, her detective boyfriend Matt, and his sometime partner John Stone pit their skills against those of an inventive killer, the daughter of a real estate mogul-- who just happens to have her eye on Matt -- complicates matters. A dark police procedural and thriller, TOXICITY is a prequel to the Georgia Davis PI series (EASY INNOCENCE and DOUBLEBACK).
TOXICITY won a Lovey Award for Best PI Novel at the 2012 Love is Murder conference.
A Bitter Veil
ISBN: 0983193819 Allium Press. 2012 A gripping literary thriller set against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution
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. Beginning their married life together in 1978, their world is abruptly turned upside down by the overthrow of the Shah, and the rise of the Islamic Republic.
Under the Ayatollah Khomeini and the Republican Guard, life becomes increasingly restricted and Anna must learn to exist in a transformed world, where none of the familiar Western rules apply. Random arrests and torture become the norm, women are required to wear hijab, and Anna discovers that she is no longer free to leave the country.
As events reach a fevered pitch, Anna realizes that nothing is as she thought, and no one can be trusted... not even her husband.
ISBN: 193873338X The Red Herrings Press. 2013
Honors and Accolades
-- Finalist in Foreword Review Magazine's Thriller of the Year contest 2013
-- "Notable Page-Turner" in Shelf Unbound Magazine's Book of the year -- 2014
-- Honorable Mention in Chicago Writers Association Best Fiction Book 2013
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 begins the first part of a spellbinding saga that spans three generations of the same family. Decades later, the family is lured back to Cuba by the promise of untold riches. But pursuing those riches brings danger as well as opportunity, and ultimately, Francesca's family must confront the lethal consequences of their choices. From the troubled streets of Havana to the mean streets of Chicago, HAVANA LOST reveals the true cost of chasing power instead of love. HAVANA LOST is award-winning author Libby Fischer Hellmann's tenth novel and third thriller that explores how strife and revolution affect the human spirit. The novel is a testament to Hellmann's gift for authentic historical detail as well as her talent for writing compulsively readable thrillers.
Nobody's Child: A Georgia Davis Novel of Suspense (Georgia Davis Series) (Volume 4)
ISBN: 1938733460 Red Herrings, The. 2014 Finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense.
Finalist for the 2015 Shamus Award, Best PI Indie Novel
Finalist in the Chicago Writers Association -- Fiction Category
Shortlisted forthe Kindle Book Review Awards: Mystery/Thriller category
Finalist in Mystery-Suspense in USABooks 2015 Award
In Hellmann's 11th crime thriller and the 4th Georgia Davis novel, a bloodstained note left for Chicago PI Georgia Davis reveals the shocking existence of a half-sister she never knew about. Her sister, Savannah, is pregnant and begging for Georgia's help.Determined to track her down, Georgia finds herself heading deep into the secretive and dangerous underworld of Chicago's illegal sex trafficking business. But she soon discovers that trafficking is just a small part of the horrifying and deadly situation in which her new sister is caught up. Even worse, as Georgia tries to extricate Savannah, she comes up against an old enemy determined to make sure neither woman will escape alive.In the fourth crime thriller of the series, Georgia faces her toughest challenge yet--and one she might not survive.
Praise for The Georgia Davis Series:
"Hellmann brings to life the reality ofbullying among teenage girls with enough twists and turns to keep you reading. Highly recommended."
-- Starred Review, Library Journal, Easy Innocence
"There's a new no-nonsense female private detective in town: Georgia Davis, a former cop who is tough and smart enough to give even the legendary V.I. Warshawski a run for her money."--Chicago Tribune on Easy Innocence
"DOUBLEBACK moves with twists, insightful juxtapositions, and many layers. Hellmann doesn't need to"doubleback." She's indisputably crossed the line into the realm ofgreat crime fiction writers."--Crimespree Magazine
"Hellmann writes in many genres, but herGeorgia Davis series may just be one of the best crime thriller series being written today." -- The Dirty Lowdown on ToxiCity
"Hellmann writes with the economy and emotional punch of classic crime novelists like Lawrence Block. And she has created a perpetrator who iscomplex, realistic and completely unexpected." Peg Robarchek, on ToxiCity
The Incidental Spy
ISBN: 1938733843 Red Herrings, The. 2015
Young Lena Bentheim is forced to flee Nazi Germany for Chicago in 1935, leaving her family and boyfriend behind. After learning English, she eventually finds a new life as a secretary in the Physics Department of the University of Chicago. She meets and marries another German refugee scientist and has a child. Then tragedy strikes, and Lena is forced to spy on the nuclear fission experiments at the U of Chicago. A novella set in the early years of the Manhattan Project, The Incidental Spy is another fascinating historical thriller by Libby Fischer Hellmann, also the author of the highly acclaimed stand-alone thrillers Set the Night on Fire, A Bitter Veil, and Havana Lost.
War, Spies & Bobby Sox
ISBN: 1938733975 Red Herrings, The. 2017 As World War II rages across Europe and the Pacific, its impact ripples through communities in the heartland of America. A farm girl is locked in a dangerous love triangle with two Germans soldiers held in an Illinois POW camp ... Another German, a war refugee, is forced to risk her life spying on the developing Manhattan Project in Chicago ... And espionage surrounds the disappearance of an actress from the thriving Jewish community of Chicago’s Lawndale. In this trio of tales, acclaimed thriller author Libby Fischer Hellmann beautifully depicts the tumultuous effect of war on the home front and illustrates how the action, terror, and tragedy of World War II was not confined to the front lines.