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War, Spies, and Bobby Sox: Stories About World War Two At Home
     

War, Spies, and Bobby Sox: Stories About World War Two At Home

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by Libby Fischer Hellmann
 

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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 Germans 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

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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 Germans 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 beautifully 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.

Includes: The Incidental Spy, P.O.W.,The Day Miriam Hirsch Disappeared

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A haunting and memorable spy novel...superbly developed into a logically thrilling story."
-The Daily Nonpareil on "The Incidental Spy"

"Ms. Hellmann's love of history and thirst for knowledge shines through... a fabulously researched and beautifully told story." Michelle Nicholls,Big Little Sister Blog on "The Incidental Spy"

"Like a musical score that goes back at the conclusion to its first note, this story is perfectly played out."
- Uvi Poznansky on "The Day Miriam Hirsch Disappeared"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781938733970
Publisher:
Elizabeth F Hellmann
Publication date:
02/27/2017
Pages:
310
Sales rank:
1,036,628
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Libby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago 35 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. Twelve novels and twenty short stories later, she claims they'll take her out of the Windy City feet first. She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery and crime writing community* and has even won a few.
• She has been a finalist twice for the Anthony, three times for Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Daphne, and has won the Lovey multiple times.

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War, Spies, and Bobby Sox: Stories About World War Two At Home 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
tedfeit0 4 months ago
Two novellas and a short story comprise this book with World War II as its theme. But instead of the European Theater of Operations or the Pacific Theater of Operations, the stories take place on the home front, in fact, in the Midwest, Chicago and environs, involving civilians rather than soldiers or sailors. The first novella, “The Incidental Spy,” is a clever story with a wry twist to conclude it. It tells a tale of a young woman who was sent to the U.S. as a girl from Germany as conditions deteriorated there, eventually marrying a physicist working to split the atom at the University of Chicago. When he is killed by a hit-and-run driver, she is forced to take a job as a secretary in the department and eventually compelled to spy on the work which came to be known as the Manhattan Project. “P.O.W.,” the second novella, is sort of a gruesome love story involving a young farm girl and a Nazi prisoner of war. He seduces her (she gives herself willingly) and attempts to use her, after escaping the POW camp, when she goes to work at a steel plant in Chicago, to spy, in his desire to aid the Fatherland. The short story, “The Day Miriam Hirsch Disappeared,” takes place in the years leading up to Pearl Harbor and recounts possible espionage and the disappearance of a beautiful actress from the upscale Lawndale Jewish community of Chicago. Fast-reading and well told, the three tales are intriguing, smoothly written and enjoyable. Ms. Hellmann, who moved to Chicago 35 years ago, is an award-winning novelist specializing in crime fiction. She has 14 novels and at least 20 short stories to her credit, and “War Spies” only adds to that reputation. Highly recommended.
grandmareads102 4 months ago
Libby Fischer Hellman has outdone herself with these stories of World War II and its influence on the people at home. In The Incidental Spy Lena is sent to the United States by her parents when Hitler and his politics become a danger. Once here she finds love, but her husband's sudden death forces her to become a spy for the enemy. They threaten her little boy. Can she keep him safe? Lena is such a memorable character. Her courage and determination broke my heart. I admired her strength. The plot is filled with unbearable tension and I never knew what would happen next. This story kept me on the edge of my seat. P.O.W. shocked me to my core. Mary-Catherine is a farm girl who becomes involved with a German prisoner when a group of them are sent to help harvest apples. Throwing common sense aside, she becomes involved in a clandestine affair with Reinhard. What she does for love. He does for power and control. When their indiscretion is discovered, she is sent away in disgrace to work in Chicago. Reinhard feels invincible when he murders a fellow prisoner and escapes. What happens next broke my heart. Love should make us better not destroy us. I hated to see a life filled with such promise lost to evil and darkness. The Day Miriam Hirsch Disappeared, is a quick look at what happens when a beautiful woman is used to gather information on a German sympathizer. Her death leads to retribution and more violence. The pain and consequences of war are far reaching. War, Spies and Bobby Sox opened my eyes. I can always count on Libby Fischer Hellmann for a well thought out and provocative story. Her research educates and her characters entertain.
Cece56 5 months ago
I have to admit that I don't normally read books about war unless the title and subject intrigues me. This book has three short stories about things that I had never heard about the war at home. The first book is about a German Jewish girl sent to America to avoid capture by the Nazis. She is faced with several life altering situations and is forced to spy for Germany. The second book is about a young farm girl who becomes fascinated with a German POW who was sent to their farm on a work detail. The third one is about a German actress in Chicago who ends up spying on the Germans. All three novellas are based in Chicago. These stories were well written and contained information that I had no idea had happened in the USA. They are fiction, however. I had no idea some of these had happened on American soil. I did not want to stop reading and wished that each story was longer. Take a chance and read this book. You will not regret it.