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Easy Innocence (Georgia Davis Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Libby Fischer Hellmann
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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. It seems the privileged, preppy schoolgirls on Chicago's North Shore have learned just how much their innocence is worth to hot-under-the-collar businessmen. But while these girls can pay for Prada pricetags, they don't realize that their new business venture may end up costing them more than they can afford

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The author of the Ellie Foreman series (A Shot to Die For, etc.) launches the underwhelming first of a new series featuring another Chicago sleuth, former cop-turned-PI Georgia Davis, who shares a past with Foreman. Cam Jordan, a mentally deficient sex offender, stands accused of murdering 17-year-old Sara Long in a forest preserve. Since the victim's friends saw Cam standing over Sara's body clutching a bloody baseball bat, it appears to be an open-and-shut case. Hired by Cam's sister to investigate, Davis learns that Sara may have been in the forest as part of a hazing ritual conducted by a clique of her posh high school classmates, one of whom is an ambitious local prosecutor's daughter. Davis at one point makes the poor choice of pretending to be a social worker from the dead girl's school, an easily exposed lie that sets back her probe. Hellmann also depicts the criminal justice system with less sophistication than readers might expect. The result is a predictable mystery with little suspense. (Apr.)
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In this fast-paced mystery, the author of the Ellie Forman series introduces suspended cop and now PI Georgia Davis. Georgia is hired to help clear a mentally ill man, Cam Jordan, who is accused of killing a teenage girl, Sara Long, in a local forest preserve. It looks like an open-and-shut case; Cam’s fingerprints are on the murder weapon, and the victim’s blood is on his shirt. However, Georgia and Cam’s lawyer suspect Cam is being railroaded. Through her investigation, Georgia finds Sara was killed at a high-school hazing, and a local teenage prostitution ring is operating on the North Shore, a privileged, upper-class area north of Chicago. Also, there is a shady real-estate deal going on. Even when Georgia finds enough evidence to cast doubt on Cam’s culpability, she continues her investigation, intent on finding out who killed Sara and why. Georgia is a loner with a minimalist lifestyle who is recovering from her breakup with her boyfriend. She is a principled, compassionate character, determined to do the right thing, even if it doesn’t follow conventional assumptions. --Sue O'Brien

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  • File Size: 1153 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Publisher: The Red Herrings Press (December 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001UE8J4Y
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reviewing: Easy Innocence May 1, 2008
It is easy these days to blame the mentally ill for crimes and there is no doubt that Cameron Jordan is mentally ill. There is no doubt that his finger prints were all over the murder weapon. The weapon was a baseball bat which, like Cameron, is covered in the blood of the deceased Sara Long. It didn't help matters that he was found kneeling over the body holding the bat by her teenage friends.

Georgia Davis, a former Chicago Cop is working these days as a private investigator. While the circumstances of her leaving the force are rather murky, it is clear that she has a number of enemies and few friends among her former colleagues. One friend in particular is concerned about the speed at which Cameron Jordan's case is moving through the system. He quietly refers Cameron Jordan's sister and caretaker, Ruth Jordan, to Georgia Davis for help. Motivated by disgust regarding the cases she has been working and a need to seek justice, Georgia Davis plunges into a world of rich and twisted high school students, their politically connected parents and murder where the odds are stacked against the truth.

This was my first exposure to Libby Fischer Hellman's work and it was quite the mystery ride. Georgia Davis is a multi faceted heroine with many secrets and issues and only a few were somewhat exposed in this novel. Unlike how many female private investigators are portrayed in mysteries where they either out drink and out cuss men or they are bumbling idiots more than ten novels later who still amazingly forget to take their gun to the abandoned warehouse at two in the morning, Georgia Davis is a normally intelligent human being who occasionally gets herself into situations any real person would and could get into while working the case.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's midnight, do you know where your children are? April 25, 2009
Georgia Davis, a PI and former Northbrook cop, is hired by Ruth Jordan to prove that her autistic brother Cam did not kill the teenage girl he is accused of murdering.

Enter a high school world with snobbery, peer pressure, social cliques and envy and you have the setting behind this dandy story. Sara Long is murdered and the reader will be surprised to find out what is behind her murder.

Law enforcement agencies are pushing for a quick solution and guilty verdict against Cam but when Gerogia starts her investigation, we see that the DA's daughter was at the Forest Preserve when Sara's killing occurred. Could she, or Sara's best friend Lauren have been part of the hazing incident that spiralled out of hand?

Hellman writes a compelling story of what could go on in suberbia when parents of high school students ignore the children and assume that if they are not doing drugs then anything else is permittable. Getting ahead is the main activity of parents in the story, much to their shame.

Well done and should be subject mandated for incoming high school students.

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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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I like cozy mysteries but I also like hard-boiled mysteries with tough female cops/private investigators and no one does this genre better than Libby Fischer Hellmann (the infamous Georgia Davis) and J.A. Konrath (yes, the author has made me fall in love with his Jack Daniels' series). Back to the author at hand. This book isn't for the faint of heart but it is one of the most realistic mystery novels I have read which is heart-wringing at times and Ms. Fischer Hellmann is brilliant at treating a subject which is by no means easy to talk about and giving it the right amount of oomph to keep the reader tuned but not too much to the point it just becomes gory or violent for violent's sake.

The storyline is tight, the writing and the prose absolutely without a doubt are stunning. I have two other novels by this magnificent author and can't wait to jump right in, including the newest "Set The Night on Fire"

This author is not only talented but can weave a tale so brilliant, James Patterson should weep. Congrats, Ms. Fischer Hellmann.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Easy Innocence August 26, 2011
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This was a good read, I usually can read a book in one day, but this one kept my interest and drew out the reading pleasure. It jumped around a little too much for my tastes, but still managed to keep on track and keep the story flowing. I really didn't know who had done it until three/fourths of the book had been read, and then I went Oh, right. This is a nice interesting book, I can see it as a series. I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it, but would have bought it since I like this kind of story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Being A Teenager Is Neither Easy Nor Innocent July 4, 2008
Lauren and Sara are starting their junior year in high school, and the pressure is on. Not only is this the year that grades and test scores count, but juniors must pass muster from the senior girls or face a year of harassment. At the ritual power-puff football game that marks the beginning of the school year, the older girls single out Sara for a little "attitude adjustment." Sara ends up dead, and an autistic young man is jailed for her murder.

Private investigator Georgia Davis knows two things: Cameron Jordon has already been short-changed by the medical and social services systems and, in the wealthy Chicago suburb of North Shore, the police have found a perfect suspect in a young man who can't defend himself. What Georgia doesn't know: the risky business Lauren and Sara have set up for themselves in order to pay for their electronic gadgets, expensive shoes and designer clothes.

This is a gorgeous, tightly-written mystery. The characters are fully developed and the plot has delicious sub-layers running through it. I love the way the superb writing flows. If I had teen-age daughters, this book would make me very concerned about what they might be up to that I didn't know about. Even if you don't have teen-age daughters (or nieces, friends, etc.) I strongly recommended this book. Mysteries don't get any better than this.

by Sharon Wildwind
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reviewing books by, for, and about women
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5.0 out of 5 stars P.I. Georgia Davis becomes target tracking down the bad guys.
A very entertaining thriller, "Easy Innocence", by Libby Hellmann is the first in a series of novels featuring P.I. Georgia Davis. Read more
Published 26 days ago by jim mccarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
'Easy Innocence' is a great read. The storyline was well written and filled with mystery. I loved how the story unfolded. I wasn't sure what was going to happen next. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Denise Gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
Easy read! Liked the female lead in a man's world. I will pick up the next book in the series!
Published 8 months ago by Lisa Ouderkirk
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
easy read a real page turner
Published 8 months ago by Connie Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars I just finished Easy Innocence by Libby Fischer Hellmann
I just finished Easy Innocence by Libby Fischer Hellmann. I was extremely pleased with the involvement of all the characters and how everything became intertwined in the story. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bev
5.0 out of 5 stars I just finished Easy Innocence. I was already attached to Georgia...
I just finished Easy Innocence. I was already attached to Georgia Davis from the Ellie Foreman series, and now I'm invested in a whole new set of characters. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kristy Schnabel
3.0 out of 5 stars Weak credibility
I'm not sure i like Georgia Davis. Maybe a good PI, bit she was a bit flaky. A loose cannon. Legal procedures, well, I'm not sure about those, either. Read more
Published 10 months ago by theweed
5.0 out of 5 stars On the edge if my seat
I love how she writes. The characters seem so real. I want to see what happens in Georgia's life now. The premise was very believable, also, and interesting. Read more
Published 13 months ago by J. MCDERMOTT
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
I've had this book for a while. Once I started it I couldn't put it down until I finished it. It had all the elements a good mystery should contain. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Dolores
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Libby Fischer Hellmann is a critically acclaimed crime writer loved by readers the world over for her compulsively readable thrillers and strong female characters. Her fast-paced crime fiction spans 10 novels and 20 short stories, and she has also edited a popular crime fiction anthology called Chicago Blues.

With critics describing her work as "masterful" and "meticulously researched", it's not hard to see why Libby's thrilling and richly varied crime novels have won numerous awards. Libby is exceptionally committed to her work, and in 2005-2006 she was the National President of Sisters in Crime, a 3,400+ member organization dedicated to strengthening the voice of female mystery writers.

You can keep up to date with all Libby's news and views over at her blog,

Libby started out in broadcast news, beginning her career as an assistant film editor for NBC News in New York before moving back to DC to work with Robin MacNeil and Jim Lehrer at N-PACT, the public affairs production arm of PBS. Retrained as an assistant director when Watergate broke, Libby helped produce PBS's night-time broadcast of the hearings. She went on to work for public relations firm Burson-Marsteller in Chicago in 1978, where she stayed until she left to found Fischer Hellmann Communications in 1985.

Originally from Washington, D.C.--where, she says, "When you're sitting around the dinner table gossiping about the neighbors, you're talking politics"-- Libby earned a Masters Degree in Film Production from New York University and a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to writing, multi-talented Libby writes and produces videos, and conducts speaker training programs in platform speaking, presentation skills, media training and crisis communications.

Libby's best-selling novels have won widespread acclaim, with her first novel, An Eye for Murder, nominated for several awards and described by Publisher's Weekly as "a masterful blend of politics, history, and suspense."

Libby is known for her portrayal of strong female characters. An Eye for Murder introduced Ellie Foreman, a video producer and single mother who went on to star in several more novels in a series described by Libby as "a cross between Desperate Housewives and 24." Libby's second series followed the Chicago PI Georgia Davis, a no-nonsense detective who has been featured in three books so far, with a fourth due out next year. In addition to her hugely popular series, Libby has also written three standalone thrillers in diverse settings and historical periods that demonstrate her versatility as a writer. Through her "Revolution Trilogy," (Set the Night on Fire, A Bitter Veil, and Havana Lost) we meet young activists during the late Sixties, a young American woman who marries and moves to Tehran, and a female Mafia boss who chases power at the expense of love.

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