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by Libby Fischer Hellmann

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Little Molly Messenger is kidnapped on a sunny June morning. Three days later she's returned, apparently unharmed. Molly's mother, Chris, is so grateful to have her daughter back that she's willing to overlook the odd circumstances.

A few days later, the brakes go out on Chris's car.

An accident? Maybe. Except that it turns out that Chris, the IT


Little Molly Messenger is kidnapped on a sunny June morning. Three days later she's returned, apparently unharmed. Molly's mother, Chris, is so grateful to have her daughter back that she's willing to overlook the odd circumstances.

A few days later, the brakes go out on Chris's car.

An accident? Maybe. Except that it turns out that Chris, the IT manager at a large Chicago bank, may have misappropriated three million dollars. Not convinced that his daughter is safe, Molly's father hires PI Georgia Davis to follow the money and investigate Chris's death.

Doubleback, the sequel to the acclaimed Easy Innocence, reunites PI Georgia Davis with video producer Ellie Foreman (An Eye For Murder, A Picture Of Guilt, An Image Of Death, A Shot To Die For). The two women track leads from Northern Wisconsin to an Arizona border town, where illegal immigrants, smuggled drugs, and an independent contractor called Delton Security come into play. Georgia and Ellie go to great lengths to find the truth, and Georgia discovers that you can cross a line, but sometimes you have to double back.

Editorial Reviews

Dick Adler
Hellman's new book is one tough cookie. She has combined her two protagonists into a strong and moving novel. Others have done this; with Doubleback, Hellmann proves she can stand up to peer pressure.
Publishers Weekly
Anthony-finalist Hellmann's taut second novel of suspense to feature Chicago PI Georgia Davis (after Easy Innocence) teams Davis with video producer Ellie Foreman, the heroine of the author's other series... Hellmann skillfully juggles disparate threads of bank fraud, extortion, drugs and illegal immigration.
Carl Brookins
Excellent.It is not unusual for an author of crime fiction who has them, to bring together two or more protagonists from different series. It is less usual for the blend to be successful.Born of current mid-east activity, the novel carefully blends first and third points of view in a way that enhances the action and the mystery. This is a fine example of a novelist who stretches her talent and her vision to create a fast-paced, enthralling work of fiction.
Oline Cogdill
Teaming up two strong, intelligent lead characters makes for a rich, suspenseful story in Libby Fischer Hellmann's DOUBLEBACK.
Jen Forbus
Simply put, DOUBLEBACK is a book that moves... brimming with twists and turns. As with EASY INNOCENCE, Hellmann's plot is multi-layered and peppered with heavy social issues, which ultimately draw the reader deeper into the plot line. While Georgia Davis may have needed to, Libby Fischer Hellman doesn't need to. She's indisputably crossed the line into the realm of great crime fiction writers.

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The Red Herrings Press
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Georgia Davis PI Series , #2
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Meet the Author

Libby Fischer Hellmann is the award-winning author of two crime fiction series. Two of her novels, EASY INNOCENCE (2008) and DOUBLEBACK (2009) feature Chicago P.I Georgia Davis. In addition Libby has published four novels featuring Chicago video producer and single mother Ellie Foreman. Libby has also published over 15 short stories in NICE GIRL DOES NOIR and has edited the acclaimed crime fiction anthology, Chicago Blues. Her standalone thriller, SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE was released in 2010, and her next standalone thriller, A BITTER VEIL will be published in April, 2012. She lives in the Chicago area. More at her website: libbyhellmann.com

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DOUBLEBACK 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Koolaid53 More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by Libby Fischer Hellman and I really got into this. Once I got into it, and after getting by all the cursing in the first couple of chapters, I would recommend this book to anyone that wants the twists and turns and surprises that Doubleback provides. It involves 2 very strong leads and the determination to get to the bottom of this case, even after the police have long disappeared. One is a freelance documentor filming about ethanol and the effects on the additive and the other is a Private Investigator working for a deceased woman involved in the Cartel. You will have to find out yourself how things turn out. Narration was done superbly by Eva Kaminsky and kept you interested all along the way. 4.5 stars for this one. "This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."
BookAddictFL More than 1 year ago
Doubleback unites two of Hellmann's ongoing characters. Ellie Foreman is a video producer and Georgia Davis is a P.I. These are intriguing characters and Hellmann's writing style is easy to get into and enjoyable. That being said, for me, this book sacrificed character development for a complicated, entangled plot. The characters didn't have quite the same spark in this story and I'm not sure I would have liked them as much had I not read Hellmann's previous books. While I found the various aspects of the plot excellent, I thought there was too much crammed into one story, making it a bit hectic and confusing. Still, overall this is a good read.
Tregjm More than 1 year ago
Doubleback by Libby Fischer Hellmann This book was really good. I read her last book, Easy Innocence and thought it was good, but this one is even better! It has kidnapping, murder, drug trafficking, cartels, Chicago, Mexico, Arizona, and manages to put it all together in a well-plotted, and very exciting story. The character, Georgia Davis, a former cop now a P.I., is a really tough, no nonsense, woman, who you really like. Her friend, Ellie Foreman, is also in it, and has books of her own, but the real protag is Georgia. And it's Georgia that won't give up until she solves the mystery and rights the wrongs, in the name of the children that are left behind. It starts out with a friend of Ellie's wanting her help with her little girl's kidnapping, and Ellie gets her friend, Georgia to talk to her. The child is returned but several murders and much more happen before they can even figure out what is going on. This is a book not easily forgotten and very hard to put down, once you start it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good story, a loveable but tough female P.I., and a suspense mystery thriller that is hard to stop reading to the end. Get it now, you won't be sorry.
SamHouston More than 1 year ago
"Doubleback," the latest from Libby Fischer Hellmann,is my first exposure to her work. Hellmann is the author of a series of suspense novels featuring video producer Ellie Foreman, and "Doubleback" is her second novel to feature Private Investigator Georgia Davis. Fans of the Ellie Foreman series will be pleased to learn that Ellie appears in "Doubleback" and helps PI Georgia Davis run down the bad guys. The relationship between these two very independent women is, in fact, so much fun to watch that I will be looking for Hellmann's earlier books. It all starts for Georgia when Ellie asks her to speak with the mother of a little girl who, only hours earlier, has been kidnapped. Despite Georgia's advice that the police need to be called in immediately, the little girl's mother, Chris, fears for the safety of her daughter and refuses to make the phone call. Three days later, when the little girl is released unharmed and appears at the front door of her house things begin to get strange. Just a few days after the safe return of her daughter, the brakes on Chris's car fail and she is involved in what the police, at least for the moment, are calling a traffic accident. Georgia, who at times seems to see herself as some kind of avenging angel, has continued to nose around on her own in hope of catching up with the villains who have so badly traumatized the little girl. Consequently, when the child's father, fearing for the immediate safety of his daughter, agrees to hire Georgia to find those responsible for her kidnapping, she is more than ready to continue her efforts. The pieces finally begin to fall into place for Georgia when she learns that Chris may have embezzled $3 million from her bank employer in a scheme that started not long before her daughter was kidnapped. Georgia is a fearless and dedicated investigator and, with major assistance from Ellie, she begins to make the wrong people very nervous. Her investigation will carry her from Chicago, where it all started, to Wisconsin, and on to an Arizona border town where the rules of the Old West still seem to be in play while illegal immigrants and drugs cross into the U.S. By the time "Doubleback" reaches its exciting conclusion, Georgia is already battered, bruised and having to compensate for a broken arm. Considering the hornet's nest she has stirred up, though, she is lucky to be alive. She knows that - but she is going to make someone pay, or she is going to die trying, maybe both. Georgia Davis and Ellie Foreman make a winning team and readers of "Doubleback" will want to see the two work together again in future books. Author Hellman is in the enviable position of being able to continue with two individual series or to merge the two into a new one. Either way is fine with me because I am now a fan of both ladies.