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Set the Night on Fire Paperback – November, 2010
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"A brilliantly-paced thriller, transitioning seamlessly from modern-day Chicago to the late '60s. First-rate characterization...Best to start early in the day, as it is easy to stay up all night reading it." --Foreword Magazine
"RT Top Pick for December: "Electric... a marvelous novel."
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"Set the Night on Fire is a compelling story of love, truth and redemption. This will be a break-out novel for this talented writer. Highly recommended." --Sheldon Siegel, NYTImes bestselling author of Perfect Alibi
"A top-rate thriller that taps into the antiwar protests of the 1960s... A jazzy fusion of past and present, Hellman's insightful, politically charged whodunit explores a fascinating period in American history."
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Top Customer Reviews
Libby Fischer Hellmann's Set the Night on Fire is an interesting thriller and historical look back to the Summer of Rage in 1960s Chicago. Very authentic feel and trip down memory lane to the music of the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, the Doors and the anti-Vietnam war protests. I knew some of these characters in my university days(though none that set off any bombs).
I highly recommend this book to anyone, but it will be especially meaningful to Baby Boomers.
James A Anderson, Author
Libby Fischer Hellmann has done it again. SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE is a compelling story of old friends, old causes, old secrets. Told in two voices, today's and yesterday's, this thriller will keep you turning the page until all is revealed.
One of the most interesting things I found here is Ms Hellmann's writing style changed between the present day story and the back story. At first it bothered me, but the more I thought about it, the more brilliant it became.
If you're under 45 you will enjoy learning about the attitudes of the country in the late 60's. If you're older you will find yourself nostalgic for your younger passions.
Lila Hilliard is on the run. Her father and brother have just died in a mysterious house fire and now someone is trying to kill her. Her problem is that she has no idea who is chasing her, or why. What she does know is that she is still alive only because her would-be assassin is not very good at his job - so far - and that she seems to have acquired a human guardian angel somewhere along the way. And when that guardian angel steps forward to identify himself, Lila learns things about herself and her father that turn her life upside down.
She learns that her parents, along with a few thousand other college students and college drop-outs, came to Chicago in 1968 to protest the Viet Nam War at the Democratic National Convention being held there. Unfortunately for Lila, her parents became involved with a small group of domestic terrorists willing to use bombs to make their point. Innocent people were killed, arrests were made, and people went to prison - her father, among them. Now someone wants to kill anyone even remotely connected to that group of friends, including, apparently, their children. This is good thriller material and Hellmann develops it well.
More than a third of the book is told in flashback to the years between 1968 and 1970.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I especially appreciated this book because it held my interest and it was not a series. Hmmmm four more words. That should do it.Published 14 months ago by KAT192837465
I enjoyed the book. Usually I will skip to the last pages, but this time I did not so that I would be totally surprised by the ending.Published 23 months ago by RUBY MORRIS
This author really knows how to keep you involved with her stories. You want to keep reading to find out what is going to happen next.Published on May 14, 2014 by Kindle Customer
Suspense ridden book. An excellent read!! Great character development. A pretty fast read. Love her writing!!!. She is 1 of the best mystery writers that I read.Published on February 9, 2014 by Tmannj
I have about 30 books on the 60's, every thing from music to politics, race and pop culture. This was a nice insight into that era.Published on January 27, 2014 by Patricia
Audiobook review: "Set the Night on Fire" was so addictive that I found excuses to listen! Not only was the story well written, but being a child of the 60s, I found I had a... Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by Jeannine
Read from February 17 to March 24, 2013
Set the night on fire is a fast pace suspenseful thriller that's a very entertaining read. Read more