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Libby Fischer Hellmann

Biography

Libby Fischer Hellmann

Libby Fischer Hellmann writes “Compulsively Readable Thrillers.” With eleven novels and twenty short stories published, she has also written suspense mysteries, historicals, PI novels, amateur sleuth, police procedurals, and even a cozy mystery. At the core of all her stories, however, is a crime or the possibility of one --- the more political, the better. Her latest release, NOBODY’S CHILD, is a dark crime thriller featuring PI Georgia Davis.

She is a transplant from Washington, D.C., where, she says, “When you’re sitting around the dinner table gossiping about the neighbors, you’re talking politics.”

Armed with a Masters Degree in Film Production from New York University, and a BA in history from the University of Pennsylvania, she started her career in broadcast news. She began as an assistant film editor at NBC News in New York, but moved back to DC where she worked with Robin McNeil and Jim Lehrer at N-PACT, the public affairs production arm of PBS. When Watergate broke, she was re-trained as an assistant director and helped produce PBS’s night-time broadcasts of the hearings.

In 1978, Hellmann moved to Chicago to work at Burson-Marsteller, the large public relations firm, staying until 1985 when she founded Fischer Hellmann Communications. Currently, when not writing, she conducts speaker training programs in platform speaking, presentation skills, media training and crisis communications. Libby also writes and produces videos.

Her novels include the four-volume Ellie Foreman series, which she describes as a cross between “Desperate Housewives” and “24,” the harder-edged four-volume Georgia Davis PI series, and several stand-alone novels that Libby calls her “revolution trilogy:” SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE, A BITTER VEIL and HAVANA LOST.

In 2005-2006 she was the National President of Sisters in Crime, a 3,400-plus-member organization committed to strengthening the voice of female mystery writers.

Books by Libby Fischer Hellmann

by Libby Fischer Hellmann - Crime Fiction, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

A bloodstained note left for Chicago PI Georgia Davis reveals the shocking existence of a half-sister she never knew about. Her sister, Savannah, is pregnant and begging for Georgia's help. Determined to track her down, Georgia finds herself heading deep into the secretive and dangerous underworld of Chicago's illegal sex trafficking business. But she soon discovers that trafficking is just a small part of the horrifying and deadly situation in which her new sister is caught up.

by Libby Fischer Hellmann - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

On the eve of the Cuban Revolution, headstrong 18-year-old Francesca Pacelli flees from her ruthless Mafia-boss father in Havana to the arms of her lover, a rebel fighting with Fidel Castro. Her father, desperate to send her to safety in the US, resorts to torture and blackmail as he searches the island for her. So begins the first part of a spellbinding saga that spans three generations of the same family.

by Libby Fischer Hellmann - Fiction, Literary Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Anna and Nouri, both studying in Chicago, fall in love despite their very different backgrounds. Anna, who has never been close to her parents, is more than happy to return with Nouri to his native Iran, to be embraced by his wealthy family. Beginning their married life together in 1978, their world is abruptly turned upside down by the overthrow of the Shah, and the rise of the Islamic Republic.