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Jump Cut (Ellie Foreman Series) Paperback – March 1, 2016
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"From spies to drones and hackers, Jump Cut is a heart-stopping tale of corporate espionage that will have you snapping on your seatbelt. The tangled web of international intrigue is riveting. Hellmann is a renowned master of suspense, and her great talent shows in the story's many rich characters, the beautifully honed paragraphs, and the sweep of her provocative story. A keeper!" --Gayle Lynds, New York Times best-selling author of The Assassins
"Welcome back Ellie Foreman! JUMP CUT rockets to a stunning but thrilling climax... Another winner from the standout Chicago novelist Libby Hellmann." Paul Levine, author of BUM RAP
Chicago freelance videographer Ellie Foremans assignment for Delcroft Aviation has her filming promotional videos for the military and civilian aircraft manufacturer. While most of Delcrofts profits stem from their military contracts, Ellies task is to produce storybook videos that will be promoted on their social media sites, revealing a softer side of the company. While reviewing shots with her editor, they notice the constant presence of one figure in the background. Gregory Parks had introduced himself to Ellie as a consultant, and although she questioned his story she couldnt help but be charmed by the handsome Asian man. So shes furious when the Vice-President Charlotte Hollander has a visible reaction to seeing Parks in the video, then abruptly fires Ellie for incompetence. Reeling from the sting to her ego, Ellie contacts Parks and demands that they meet. Instead of an explanation, Parks jumps or is pushed in front of a CTA train.~~~Feeling guilty, but unwilling to risk losing her reputation by getting involved, Ellie refrains from coming forward as a witness. What she does do is secretly retrieve the Marlboro cigarette box Parks last held, along with the encrypted flash drive hidden inside. Using the assistance of an ethical hacker, a familiar FBI agent, as well as Ellies own boyfriend and family, Ellie delves into the politically murky worlds of drone warfare, espionage, and religious persecution. Ellie often may act more rashly than wisely, but spurring her on is her need to use her skills to merit out the closest thing to justice as is possible in a world of gray.~~~Hellmans considerable talent lies in educating readers while also entertaining them through the viewpoint of a very likable and engaging heroine. Previous entries have had Ellie learning about Judaism through the tales of her very sharp 94 year-old father, and here the author explores the wrenching tale of Uyghurs, Turkish-Asian Muslims being tormented by their home country of China. The very timely issue of the privatization and profiteering of our countrys security is also placed at the forefront, but the politics never overshadow what is at heart a very compelling mystery led by an engaging and sympathetic heroine. This delightful series exists within the same world as Hellmans Georgia Davis novels, and the intersection of their characters continues to be a rewarding treat. (KingsRiverLife)
Wow, I really enjoyed this book! And in all honesty, I didn't expect to. Typically, I don't gravitate to female authors, or to female protagonists. As a KBC (kidless by choice) and lifelong career woman, I don't often have much in common with the topics that hold the interest of Moms. I'm not denigrating their "careers" -- God bless them for the tough job they do! -- I just don't generally care about stories focusing on crimes involving children and I absolutely HATE the romance angles. So... I began reading with squinty, suspicious eyes... and surprise! I thoroughly enjoyed the main character Ellie (maybe not her style choices, such as 3" platform sneakers...ugh) and had no specific allergic reactions to her daughter, which is saying a lot. I also enjoyed her interaction with her cameraman, with witty, sarcastic little remarks zipping back and forth.~~~Now, had the abovementioned fluff gone on for too awfully long, I'd have moved on to some other book, but Ms. Hellman knows when to get serious and work on an intelligent plot. The pace was perfect and there were enough quick, unexpected turns to keep your brain clicking happily along. Danger and suspense, on my personal scale of 1 to 10 (no one gets a 10 except possibly Daniel Silva...on occasion), garnered a 6, which is still better than average, and I'm a difficult judge. (Probably has something to do with the fact that I'm ancient and so have read millions of books. Well, OK, hundreds of books.) I will definitely consider reading more Hellmann books, and will recommend them to friends. (NetGalley)
Curiosity darn near kills a filmmaker. Documentary director Ellie Foreman is making a puff piece to burnish the image of Delcroft Aviation, whose consumer branch is but a minor part of their major business of military aircraft and drones. Things are going swimmingly until Ellie meets Gregory Parks, who claims to be a consultant investigating new trends in consumer aviation, at one of the shooting locations. When Delcroft engineer Charlotte Hollander suddenly notices a surfeit of Parks in the background of the film, she unceremoniously fires Ellie, citing her lack of professionalism as an excuse. Deeply offended to be dumped in such a cavalier manner, Ellie sets up a meeting with Parks to pump him for information. But Parks falls or is pushed in front of a train. By sheer chance, Ellie picks up a cigarette package with a flash drive hidden inside that she's sure belonged to Parks. Although her boyfriend, Luke Sutton, warns her about getting involved, she finds a hacker through a friend who tries to break the drive's encryption. Then, when Hollander vanishes, Ellie becomes convinced that her phone is tapped and her computer hacked and that she's being followed. And that's hardly surprising, for she's delved into a dark world of conspiracies and hidden agendas in the dangerous underbelly of Delcroft's government work. Only her wealthy boyfriend, who has contacts through his former military service, and a sly FBI agent can hope to save her hide. After a long hiatus (A Shot to Die For, 2010, etc.) Hellmann returns to her Chicago-based sleuth with a chilling tale that may be all too close to the truth. (Kirkus)
I don't usually read espionage books anymore but I have to say this book had me reading into the night because I wanted to see what happened next. The characters are likeable and plot is something else. I would definitely read more from this author. (NetGalley)
Chicago video producer Ellie For an was hired to film a fluff piece on aviation company Delcroft, but shes barely begin when Delcroft vice president Charlotte Hollander kills the project. Ellie thinks it has something to do with a man who showed up on some of this footage. A meeting with the mystery man to find out whats going on doesnt happen when hes struck down by a subway train. She does however, get his encrypted flash drive. Ellie begins to fear for her life when she realizes shes being followed. She doesnt believe the Delcroft line that the murdered man was a spy for the Chinese, and when Ellies daughter is kidnapped, all she knows is that she stands to lose everything and everyone she loves (NetGalley)
A former news broadcaster, Libby Foreman Hellman turned to writing gritty crime fiction. As of now, she has written twenty short stories and twelve novels. Jump Cut is her fifth Ellie Foreman mystery - she is also the author of the Georgia Davis PI Series. Hellman describes this one as a cross between Desperate Housewives and 24.
After ten years absent from the publishing scene, Ellie Foreman is welcomed back as she deals with espionage and murder. She also faces suspicion that threatens what she holds dear.
Hired to produce a short video profile of an aviation company, Ellie is upset when she is abruptly told to cancel the project. She discovers she is under surveillance when she learns that a man connected to the video is dead and that he was a Chinese spy! Ellie and her boyfriend look for answers to the murder as well as the reason for the termination of the video, unaware what a dangerous position they are in.
Jump Cut is tightly written with a good story line. I do like the characters. What's not to like? I hope the author will produce more Ellie Foreman mysteries. (Mary Ann Smyth Bookloons)
With Jump Cut, Libby Fischer Hellmann unreels her fifth Ellie Foreman thriller, in which a Chicago video producer finds herself caught up in a deadly international conspiracy.~~~Ellie and her film company have a good reputation. Even so, it is a surprise when the multibillion-dollar Chicago-based corporation and major defense contractor, Delcroft, asks her to film a candy-coated, feel-good profile. Its smooth sailing until Charlotte Hollander, Delcrofts vice president of engineering, goes ballistic when she sees Ellies first edit, calling it a pastiche of amateur photography.~~~Ellie is shocked and confused. Then her intuition suggests Hollanders attack was spurred by the casual background video appearance of Gregory Parks, a mysterious consultant she and Hollander both met at a trade show. She traces Parks. He asks to meet her at a Loop CTA station, but as she approaches the meeting, she witnesses his apparent murder. But Parks has left a clue: a zip drive concealed in a cigarette pack.~~~With that, Ellie descends into a labyrinth of conspiracies and cover-ups involving government alphabet agencies, rogue Blackwater-type private security operators, Uyghur separatists from Chinas Tamir Basin, and an ambitious Chinese general named Gao.~~~Short chapters rocket the fast-paced plot through references to drones, encrypted computer codes, and Hollanders scientific breakthroughDADES, Delcrofts Air Defense Energy System. Ellie races around with zip drive in hand, stopping at Chi-town landmarks like the Bahai Temple and Northfields famous Happ Inn, along with other restaurants, bars, and hot spots.~~~The supporting cast adds depth, including Ellies stalwart retired military boyfriend, Luke. Hellmann catches perfectly the nuances of an autumn romance. Other notable secondary characters are the Porsche Spyder-driving FBI agent Nick Lejeune, and Jake, Ellies ninety-something-year-old father, a wizened Ben Kingsley always up for kreplach soup, corned beef on rye, and coffee at his favorite deli.~~~With Hellmann tossing in IEDs, murder by car crash, kidnapping, and spooky allusions to the Deep State, the nightmare confederation of bureaucrats, moneyed interests, and military-industrial-complex honchos controlling the US government, Jump Cut is an easy-to-read mystery inspired by the paranoia-causing NSA-Snowden headlines. (Foreward Reviews)
Hellmanns writing sparkles in this latest Ellie Foreman mystery (the first in a decade). Ellie, a Chicago video producer, is humiliated when her presentation of a promotional video for an aircraft company is rejected by the companys vice president, who seems to have been frightened by the appearance of a particular man in some shots. Ellie sets up a meeting with that man, only to see him die on the El tracks. She finds his jump drive with encrypted data and has a friend try to crack it. When the friends office is blown up hours after she told an executive she had the drive, Ellie realizes she is in over her head. Drones, military secrets, and treason all seem to be involved, but Ellie isnt sure how to connect the dots and winds up simply trying to keep herself and her daughter out of danger. There is plenty of suspense in this richly detailed thriller, but Hellmanns characteristic wit and warmth are evident, too. A nice mix of action and character. (Booklist)
About the Author
Libby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago 35 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. Twelve novels and twenty short stories later, she claims they'll take her out of the Windy City feet first. She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery writing community and has even won a few. With the addition of Jump Cut, her novels include the now five-volume Ellie Foreman series, which she describes as a cross between Desperate Housewives and 24; the hard-boiled 4-volume Georgia Davis PI series, and three stand-alone historical thrillers that Libby calls her Revolution Trilogy. Her short stories have been published in a dozen anthologies, the Saturday Evening Post, and Ed Gorman's 25 Criminally Good Short Stories collection. Find out more at libbyhellmann.com.
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This new Ellie Forman book took me to a place of excitement, creativity and secrets; the creation of a video to be played in sections, 'chapters' as Ellie puts it, for a huge aeronautic corporation is very well written, as Libby Fischer Hellman turns out another fascinating storyline of probable murder and plenty of mayhem thrown in the works. Libby has a definite feel for her characters, they always come alive (or dead as the case may be.) I always like to learn something new from a book, and learn I did. I thought the work on the video editing, how and what was done was very interesting, and certainly looked forward to seeing what 'Waldo', Gregory Sparks, was up to. Why did he show up in so many places on this coporate video? He said he was a consultant, but who does he really work for? Why is he asking so many questions if he is indeed a consultant? Why is his visibility in the video a cause for Ellie's work to be shut down immediately?
Now, fired and miserable, Ellie will begin to pick up the pieces and try to learn what happened. Taking action as she always does, she sets up a meeting with Gregory, meeting where their various El trains intersect. But, why is he so late? Screams and panic sound the alarm as she approaches the point where his train should be coming in. She's not going to get any answers here. As she accidentally discovers a flash drive she knows could only have come from him, she pockets it. Now she hopes to learn the truth about why she was fired.
Here the pace picks up substantially and the reader is thrust into a roller coaster of terror. A thriller that will keep you enthralled with espionage, spies and kidnapping. Her associates trying to keep her safe yet solve the puzzle include her boyfriend and her daughter as well as the police and the FBI, because this has suddenly become an international case. Luke fears for Ellie's life but has some good connections. Ellie suspects phone-tapping, computer hacking, and the ever-present shadowing of every movement she makes. Libby Fisher Hellman knows how to get your adrenaline going and turns it up with a different version of what she does so well. IEDs, encrypted files, hacked computers, lots to keep the reader on high alert in this one. We always know what Ellie Forman is prone to do, but we never know just what it will be from book to book. So glad she is back, she is a solid character and often unexpected.
But not completely.
Delcroft VP Charlotte Hollander seems pleased with the videos--until she notices Gregory Parks. Then she becomes angry, calls Ellie's work unprofessional, and cancels the project. Ellie arranges to meet with Parks, trying to find out why, but he falls--or is pushed--onto the railroad tracks in front of s subway train, and is killed.
It's not long before Ellie realizes she's stepped into something much bigger and more dangerous than she could have imagined. Armed only with a thumb drive Parks dropped, she starts asking questions and attracting dangerous attention.
This is an enjoyable book with a nicely intricate mystery. Sometimes, though I got frustrated with Ellie, sometimes rushing in with apparent naivete about how dangerous what she's doing is; sometimes seeming to think that if she can only hand over the thumb drive to the right person, she'll be out of it and safe. This was a definite weakness in the story.
Despite that, I like Ellie, Luke, and their friends, and I'll be interested to read more of Ellie's adventures.
Recommended as light entertainment.