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"I don't usually like  short stories, but these are terrific! I roared through them. Hellmann had a good mix of Chicago historicals and contemporaries. My highest recommendation here."
--Molly Weston, Meritorious Mysteries

"When Hellmann explores the less sunlit areas of Chicago, her canvas becomes not only more universal but has greater depth and emotional value. Aspiring short-story writers would do well to pay attention." --Naomi Johnson, The Drowning Machine

"Standouts include Libby Fischer Hellmann's clever twist on a redemption tale..." THE JADE ELEPHANT (in THESE GUNS FOR HIRE)
--Publishers Weekly

"Her own contribution sets high standards..." Oline Cogdill, on YOUR SWEET MAN (in CHICAGO BLUES, 2007) --Oline Cogdill, Mystery Scene Magazine

"Hellmann's story is remarkable..." Janielle Martin, on THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING (in SISTERS ON THE CASE)
--The Eclectic Closet

About the Author

Libby Fischer Hellmann, an award-winning crime fiction author, has published eleven novels, including 3 stand alone historical thrillers. She also writes two crime fiction series. The first, which includes the hard-boiled EASY INNOCENCE (2008) and DOUBLEBACK (2009,) features Chicago P.I Georgia Davis. In addition there are four novels in the Ellie Foreman series, which Libby describes as a cross between "Desperate Housewives" and "24." Libby has also published over 15 short stories in NICE GIRL DOES NOIR and has edited the acclaimed crime fiction anthology, CHICAGO BLUES. She has been nominated twice for the Anthony Award, and once for the Agatha. Originally from Washington DC, she has lived in Chicago for 30 years.  More at her website: libbyhellmann.com

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461087295
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461087298
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,335,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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, http://libbyhellmann.com/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.

And if you've read this far, you deserve a gift! Sign up for Libby's newsletter and get a FREE copy of AN IMAGE OF DEATH, where Ellie Foreman and Georgia Davis work together on a baffling case. It's also the prequel to the acclaimed 4th Georgia Davis thriller which came out in the fall of 2014.
Just go here: libbyhellmann.com



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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Judy on January 14, 2012
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This is a collection of intriguing stories with literary flair. Just my cup of tea. I enjoyed the read, with my favourite story being the first. I'm a bit biased because the setting of Chicago in the first story resonated with me (my home is in the suburbs of Chicago). The depiction of Chicago was realistic and gave life to the city. I also appreciated how the Jewish characters and their culture were presented. Overall, a nice mix of suspense and literary fiction.

(BTW, I saw no issues with the formatting).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Karats on September 6, 2013
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Although entertaining, the five short mysteries included in this collection, they lacked the atmosphere of a noir setting and the mystery was always short-lived. The first story in the collection is the one that stands out, and it's the only one set in a past era. Author Libby Fischer Hellman does exhibit a knack for that kind of storytelling, weaving historical facts into every day scenes from the past, along with the specific feeling that era bore.

Recommended to readers who are up for a light mystery story, with fast-paced narration and believable dialogue.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sylver on July 4, 2012
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"These are well written stories of the noir variety. I got this book off the free list. It's not really my thing, but if you're into that it's quality writing."
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Willman Gernon on August 22, 2011
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The stories are well written and interesting...IF she has had 7 novels published her bio states, I'm surprised a trade publisher would not print her stories. This book is poorly printed and laid out. Gaps on pages, run together stories, etc. If you want a good read, buy it, but I would never give this as a gift...too shoody of printing job.
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