Easy Innocence

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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 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 ...
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Overview

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... Libby Fischer Hellmann writes the award-winning suspense series featuring video producer and single mother Ellie Forman. She's recently edited the successful anthology Chicago Blues.
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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
Library Journal
Starred Review:
"Hellmann brings to life the reality of bullying among teenage girls with enough twists
Kirkus Reviews
" Just what's needed in a mystery... Depth of characterization sets this new entry by Hellmann (A Shot to Die For, 2005, etc.) apart from a crowded field."
Dick Adler
" There's a new no-nonsense female private detective in town: Georgia Davis, a former cop who is tough and smart enough to give even the legendary V.I. Warshawski a run for her money. "
CrimeSpree Magazine
"Hellmann's vast knowledge of the area and ability to dive deep into her characters give her the authority needed to create a suspenseful and gripping story."
Midwest Book Review
"This was a book I could not put down, reading it cover to cover during the course of one day. The reader is drawn into the story immediately, and the wonderful writing makes the characters come alive."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932557671
  • Publisher: Big Earth Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Series: Georgia Davis Mysteries Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 396
  • Sales rank: 1,445,126
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Libby Fischer Hellmann, an award-winning Chicago crime fiction author, has published nine novels. Her tenth, A BITTER VEIL, is set in revolutionary Iran, and was released April, 2012. Libby’s other stand-alone thriller, SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE (2010), goes back, in part, to the late Sixties in Chicago. She also writes two crime fiction series: the first features Chicago PI Georgia Davis (3 novels) and the four novel Ellie Foreman series, which Libby describes as a cross between “Desperate Housewives” and “24.”
Libby has also published 15 short stories in NICE GIRL DOES NOIR and has edited the acclaimed crime fiction anthology, CHICAGO BLUES. She has been nominated twice for the Anthony Award, and once for the Agatha. All her work is available digitally.
Originally from Washington DC, she has lived in Chicago for 30 years and claims they’ll take her out of here feet first.
More at her website: www.libbyhellmann.com
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2008

    A Powerful New Mystery

    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.

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