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"Georgia Davis PI series (Easy Innocence and Doubleback ), and anybody that loves police procedurals written tautly, with grit and a healthy dose of noir will love this one...her Georgia Davis series may just be one of the best crime thriller series being written today."
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'Lovers of Hellmann's novel, 'Easy Innocence', will enjoy learning how heroine Georgia Davis survived her Chicago cop rookiehood.'
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TOXICITY was honored with the Lovey Award for Best Suspense Novel-- 2011 at the Love is Murder Conference in February, 2012.

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Libby Fischer Hellmann is the Anthony-nominated author of 9 crime fiction novels, including the Ellie Foreman mystery/suspense series. The Ellie books, which Libby describes as a cross between "Desperate Housewives" and "24," include AN EYE FOR MURDER, A PICTURE OF GUILT, AN IMAGE OF DEATH, and A SHOT TO DIE FOR. Libby also writes the harder edged Georgia Davis PI series: EASY INNOCENCE, DOUBLEBACK, and TOXICITY. She has also written two acclaimed stand-alone thrillers: SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE and A BITTER VEIL. All her books, including short stories, are available on Kindle. She has lived in the Chicago area over 30 years. More at her website: libbyhellmann.com
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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Red Herrings, The (October 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984014101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984014101
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,731,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 12 novels and over 20 short stories. She has also edited a popular crime fiction anthology called Chicago Blues. Her newest novel, (the first Ellie Foreman book in 10 years), JUMP CUT, will be released by Poisoned Pen Press in March, 2016.

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 EASY INNOCENCE, the first mystery in the Georgia Davis PI series!

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The Georgia Davis PI Series: Boxed Set of Three (The Georgia Davis Series)Fans of the Georgia Davis PI series (Easy Innocence and Doubleback ), and anybody that loves police procedurals written tautly, with grit and a healthy dose of noir will love this one. Toxicity is a prequel to the other Georgia Davis PI books and takes place ten years earlier when Georgia is a young cop on an suburban Chicago police force.

The story opens with a hook. The antagonist over seeing the death of a man dying in agony. This prologue will pull the reader in and grab their attention like a road accident. There is no cure for morbid curiosity.We know we shouldn't look, be we can't help ourselves.

In suburban north shore Chicago three bodies turn up in succession, all `dumped'; one in a garbage truck to be ground up, one in a land fill and one in a pit in a waste disposal site. Glenbrook detective Matt Singer is called to the scene of the first body where Officer Georgia Davis, his fiancé, is securing the scene doing crowd control. Soon another body is discovered in the jurisdiction of Detective Sergeant John Stone, from neighboring Northview. There's nothing to tie the crimes together except for the fact that both were peripherally associated with a developer named Feldman who also owns the garbage company. Singer and Stone partner up, and when a third body shows up, and the actual cause in none of the deaths is readily identifiable by the M.E. The political pressure, and the pressure from the wealthy Feldman's starts to pile on.

Solid leads are few, and clues are non existent.
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A new neighborhood, a promise of a bright future in a new home. But the children are getting sick. Why?

Seemingly unconnected individuals are being poisoned in a mysterious manner. Why?

A loving couple find themselves torn apart. Why?

TOXICITY is an engaging story that will haunt you on many levels. The characters are developed; the reader becomes invested. I found myself furious with every character at one time or another while reading this book which just goes to show how well written this story is. (I don't want to tell you why so as not to spoil the story for you. Just let it be said that by the end of Chapter 39, I had some not-so-nice things to say to one of the characters. By the next couple of chapters I was cussing at another character. By the end, I had a few more words to say!)

Plan to get emotionally involved while reading TOXICITY. Plan to enjoy reading TOXICITY. Why? Because it is anything but toxic!
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Toxicity is about a serial killer that has the police force confused and the population scared. There are no marks on the victims, no way of telling how they died. They all just end up dead in a trash pile, dumpster or garbage place. No one can figure out why they die or if the deaths are even related.

I wasn't sure what to expect, but was blown away once I began reading. The author's style is fast paced and exciting. I literally couldn't put the book down. There are several main characters and several different view points going on at the same time, but it isn't confusing. There were just enough details to keep me reading and absorbed in the story, but not enough so that I figured it out too quickly. Think CSI meets Erin Brockovich. Combine that with excellent writing and you have a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.
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Libby Fischer Hellmann's "ToxiCity" starts in high gear and never slows down. But she's written much more than a page-turner. In addition to a story that is well-plotted, I expect the novels I read to be well-written. Hellman delivers. In this dark novel about a series of deaths that seem to have very little in common, Hellman writes with the economy and emotional punch of classic crime novelists like Lawrence Block. And she has created a perpetrator who is complex, realistic and completely unexpected for much of the book. This book is a prequel to Hellman's Georgia Davis PI novels and after reading "ToxiCity," there's nothing left to do but pick up the first book in the series.
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Meet a nasty killer in the prologue. But you won't know who it is for quite a while. A sizeable cast of characters must be brought on stage first. The set has to be dressed and a little context added. A cop named Georgia Davis is present at an early death scene, a school parking lot. Another cop, Detective Sergeant John Stone, learns of dog feces smeared about and dumped in the wrong place. Detective Matt Singer meets Georgia at the death scene. Their lives are intertwined on several levels.

There's more. Toxicity is a compelling story of the tangled lives of several people, some good, some venal, over several years, in and around Chicago. It's a story of love, of passion and of greed. It's also an insightful novel about the ways in which ordinary and good people sometimes have to struggle to do the right thing. It's a story of career's blown, of wealth and mostly, it's a story about loss. While it is set in a not too distant past, the novel resonates with today and tomorrow.

Toxicity moves briskly from place to place and year to year. It is a more complicated plot than we usually find in these kinds of stories, but the author never goes astray, she doesn't leave us hanging. This is a thoughtful, dark story, one that encompasses themes well-worthy of meditation long after the final chapter plays out.
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