Easy Innocence

Easy Innocence

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by Libby Fischer Hellmann

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When pretty, smart Sara Long is found bludgeoned to death, it's easy to blame the man with the bat. But Georgia Davis-former cop and newly-minted PI-is hired to look into the incident at the behest of the accused's sister, and what she finds hints at a much different, much darker answer. It seems the privileged, preppy schoolgirls on Chicago's North Shore have learned


When pretty, smart Sara Long is found bludgeoned to death, it's easy to blame the man with the bat. But Georgia Davis-former cop and newly-minted PI-is hired to look into the incident at the behest of the accused's sister, and what she finds hints at a much different, much darker answer. It seems the privileged, preppy schoolgirls on Chicago's North Shore have learned just how much their innocence is worth to hot-under-the-collar businessmen. But while these girls can pay for Prada pricetags, they don't realize that their new business venture may end up costing them more than they can afford.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

The author of the Ellie Foreman series (A Shot to Die For, etc.) launches the underwhelming first of a new series featuring another Chicago sleuth, former cop-turned-PI Georgia Davis, who shares a past with Foreman. Cam Jordan, a mentally deficient sex offender, stands accused of murdering 17-year-old Sara Long in a forest preserve. Since the victim's friends saw Cam standing over Sara's body clutching a bloody baseball bat, it appears to be an open-and-shut case. Hired by Cam's sister to investigate, Davis learns that Sara may have been in the forest as part of a hazing ritual conducted by a clique of her posh high school classmates, one of whom is an ambitious local prosecutor's daughter. Davis at one point makes the poor choice of pretending to be a social worker from the dead girl's school, an easily exposed lie that sets back her probe. Hellmann also depicts the criminal justice system with less sophistication than readers might expect. The result is a predictable mystery with little suspense. (Apr.)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
School Library Journal

The award-winning author of the Ellie Foreman series (An Image of Death) here introduces Chicago cop-turned-PI Georgia Davis. A female high school student is found bludgeoned to death in a wooded area where a notorious hazing incident once took place. While many in the affluent suburb of North Shore are quick to suspect the mentally ill man found at the scene, the victim's sister isn't convinced and hires Georgia to look into the incident. Hellmann brings to life the reality of hazing and bullying among teenage girls in a story with enough twists and turns to keep you reading to the end. Highly recommended.

—Jo Ann Vicarel Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Kirkus Reviews
Private eye Georgia Davis battles on behalf of a mentally challenged man charged with murder. After being suspended from the force and dumped by a fellow cop, Georgia Davis, setting up as a PI, is delighted to catch a case that may give her a chance to help an innocent man when Cam Jordan's sister hires Georgia to prove her brother, a registered sex offender, innocent of brutally killing private-school teen Sara Long in a forest preserve. The police and DA are baying at Cam's heels, but an old police pal who warns Georgia of the pressure to close the case also alerts her to a group of girls who were hazing Sara at the time of her death. The maverick streak that got Georgia suspended is just what's needed in a mystery with some surprising ramifications. The DA's daughter, who was also in the woods, had a grudge against Sara for dating her boyfriend. And Sara had a lot of expensive clothes neither she or her parents could have afforded. A second death scares Sara's best friend Lauren into confiding that Sara was hooking and Lauren was running a high-school prostitution ring from her home computer. Georgia has several brushes with death before she can close the complicated case. Depth of characterization sets this new entry by Hellmann (A Shot to Die For, 2005, etc.) apart from a crowded field. Agent: Jacky Sach/BookEnds

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Easy Innocence 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, it kept me hooked. As I read I found myself "talking' to the characters. I thought this was going to be predictable (and to a degree it was,) but the story kept my attention. Looking forward to more. -J. Matthews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book - you will not be able to put this down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great mystery kept moving along, with twists here and there and some surprises. I look forward to reading another of this author's books.
542126 More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading Easy Innocence. Wow so many twist & turns It was hard to put down. You won't be disappointed. This was my first book by this author and I will absolutely be reading more of her books. I have pre ordered her next book Jump Cut and can't wait for it to arrive.
Brencz More than 1 year ago
This was a great book that had me from the first chapter. I’ve read other books by author Hellmann and like her style but once I started this I couldn’t put it down. The book starts with a young girl who was a prostitute over hearing something from her john. Then as the story goes along, Georgia Davis, a former cop and now a Private Investigator, is hired to look into a murder that appears to be a little too tidy and going through the legal system a little too fast. Throughout the the book, the author weaves in the story of a young prostitution ring, a murder of a young high school student and politics. All of the characters are richly developed and the story moves on at a great flow. Once again, Ms. Hellmann does a great job with the book as a mystery, thriller that keeps you wanting to keep reading and not put it down.
Maijaquips More than 1 year ago
A great story by this writer involving teenage prostitution, contaminated land cover up and murder which held my interest throughout. I look forward to reading more of Libby's books and recommend this book to all mystery readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good mystery with a good story & characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After being suspended for not turning in a confiscated weapon despite ultimately solving the case, Georgia Davis left the Chicago police force to work as a private investigator. Although she manages to keep busy with insurance cases and spying on straying spouses, it¿s a tip from an old colleague that has her feeling alive again. An unarguably mentally unstable man is being shuttled much too quickly through the legal system for the murder of a teenage girl, and the man¿s sister is willing to pay to prove his innocence. What Georgia discovers is that the girl was the latest victim in a series of covered-up hazing incidents, and although the teens deny harming the girl Georgia has her suspicions. When Georgia learns that one of the implicated students is the daughter of the prosecuting attorney Georgia is more than a little suspicious that the higher-ups are protecting their own. As Georgia looks into the background of the victim she discovers that the Sara Long was hiding more than her share of secrets from her parents, from a cache of designer goods to the fact that she was only pretending to work in a bookstore. Both freed and hampered by the loss of her police status Georgia risks her life and the possibility of arrest when she manipulates her way into interviewing the teens and their families to discover that they are all hiding a secret that one would never expect in such a white and wealthy society. Although Georgia was introduced to readers in Hellmann¿s Ellie Foreman series (Image of Death), this new mystery takes a darker and more intense turn that reveals the growth in the author¿s talent. She explores the culture today that has teenaged girls who use sex as commerce and value material goods over self-respect. Hellmann keeps the pace going by alternating viewpoints that include the sleazy boyfriend of one of the teens and Georgia¿s shady ex who seems to be stalking her. Despite the bleak theme and disturbing cover though, the mystery never becomes too depressing as a result of Georgia¿s dry ¿ and admittedly black- humor along with the introduction of her charming and attractive neighbor. Filled with the authentic backdrop of Chicago and realistic portrayals of the police and legal systems, Easy Innocence succeeds in entertaining readers and keeps them engaged until the final last twist.