Biography

Libby Fischer Hellmann

Libby Fischer Hellmann writes Compulsively Readable Thrillers. Her 13th novel, JUMP CUT, the fifth entry in her Ellie Foreman series, was released in March 2016 and won a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly.

In 2014, HAVANA LOST, a stand-alone literary thriller and love story set in Cuba, was released. A BITTER VEIL, set in revolutionary Iran during the late ’70s was released in 2013. Along with SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE (2010), which goes back to the late '60s in Chicago, these stand-alone thrillers are what Libby calls her Revolution Trilogy.

She also writes two crime fiction series.Libby describes the first, the Ellie Foreman series, soon to be a five- volume set, as a cross between “Desperate Housewives” and “24.” Chicago P.I. Georgia Davis first appeared in one of those novels, and she now has her own series, which has grown to four volumes.

Libby has also published over 20 short stories, many of them in NICE GIRL DOES NOIR. She also edited the acclaimed crime fiction anthology CHICAGO BLUES. Her most recent novella (2015) was THE INCIDENTAL SPY, a World War II story about the early years of the Manhattan Project in Chicago. She is currently working on another WWII novella, tentatively titled HOMEFRONT.

Originally from Washington D.C., she has lived in Chicago over 35 years and claims they’ll take her out of there feet first.

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Books by Libby Fischer Hellmann

by Libby Fischer Hellmann - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

As World War II rages across Europe and the Pacific, its impact ripples through communities in the heartland of America. A farm girl is locked in a dangerous love triangle with two German soldiers held in an Illinois POW camp. Another German, a war refugee, is forced to risk her life spying on the developing Manhattan Project in Chicago. And espionage surrounds the disappearance of an actress from the thriving Jewish community of Chicago’s Lawndale. In this trio of tales, acclaimed thriller author Libby Fischer Hellmann depicts the tumultuous effect of war on the home front and illustrates how the action, terror and tragedy of World War II was not confined to the front lines.

by Libby Fischer Hellmann - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Hired to produce a candy-floss profile of Chicago-based aviation giant Delcroft, Ellie Foreman is dismayed when company VP Charlotte Hollander trashes the production and cancels the project. Ellie believes Hollander was spooked by shots of a specific man in the video footage. But when Ellie arranges to meet the man to find out why, he is killed by a subway train before they can talk. In the confusion, she finds a seemingly abandoned pack of cigarettes with a flash drive inside that belonged to the now-dead man. Ellie gets the drive's contents decrypted, but before long discovers she's under surveillance.

by Libby Fischer Hellmann - 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.