High Crimes

High Crimes

by Libby Fischer Hellmann


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High Crimes 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Neesie315 10 months ago
I have read other books in this series and happen to like the characters. Georgia Davis is a PI who has recently gained a half-sister she never knew about and a nephew she has grown to love. The three are trying their best to get along in a small apartment meant for one person while Vanna, the sister, attends school and Georgia tries to continue her relationship with Jimmy Sacaredes, the police chief of a nearby community. However, I have to say that this book did not engage me as much as the previous ones in the series. For one thing, there is a lot of jumping around between characters and time frames. I find this especially hard to follow in an audiobook since you can't turn back to the beginning of the chapter and see whose perspective and what time frame is involved. Second, even though the blurb for the book states that it is "ripped from the headlines", I did not expect quite so much vitriol against the current President as this book contained. I realize that the author was writing about a resistance group whose sole focus was against the President, but I did get a little tired of the preaching tone regarding this issue. As another reviewer stated, I read to escape from the real world and this book was often like watching the evening news or reading it on the Internet. That being said, the story did have its moments. Georgia does her usual amazing job of tracking down leads in order to solve a case that others, including the FBI, seem to have given up on. I have to say that the victim in this case is truly unlikeable, no matter your political leanings, and I was much more involved in the perpetrator's story than I was in the victim's. The twists and turns in this book made me feel like I needed a score card to keep track of who was double-crossing who. The book often reminded me of a spy or espionage thriller more than a PI story. But, that is just in keeping with the Washington politics of the book, I guess. The addition of Vanna and Charlie, Georgia's nephew, and the additional storyline of the reappearance of Jo Beth, Georgia and Vanna's mother, was a welcome relief to the political machinations of the book. The narrator did a great job and kept my interest throughout the book. Her voice inflections/accents were wonderful and added a lot to the story. If you are an admirer of the current President, I suggest that you pass on this book. The other books in the series are great and I feel that the politics in this one just detract too much from the enjoyment of reading.
Tangen More than 1 year ago
family-dynamics, fanatics, political-intrigue, Chicago, thriller, suspense, private-investigators, law-enforcement Chicago. Politics. Corruption. Conspiracy. Murder. All that and much more in this novel that could be pulled from this morning's Tribune. The characters are interesting and sometimes quite disturbing, and the plot is ingenious and demanding. No spoilers. Just read it! It seems that this is book 5 in series which I am new to, but no floundering because it is perfectly fine as a standalone. The narration by Eva Kaminsky is fantastic! Clear voice and the characters are well delineated. I requested and received a free audio copy from the author courtesy of AudioBookBOOM.
teruss More than 1 year ago
How do you solve a Murder with 42,000 suspects? This immediately caught my attention and made me want to take a closer look. I’m so glad that I did. I’m a long-time fan of Ms. Hellmann’s work, and Georgia Davis has proven to be one of my favorite characters. This latest addition to the series did not disappoint. While this one is more political in nature, it’s not overtly so, and only seems to enhance the tension in the story. No matter which side of the political aisle you sit on, if you enjoy reading a no-holds barred, high octane mystery/thriller, you will love HIGH Crimes. I highly recommend it!
LGHudson More than 1 year ago
42,000 SUSPECTS! How can anyone solve a crime involving 42,000 suspects? That’s the situation facing Chicago PI Georgia Davis. Dena Baldwin is the leader of ResistanceUSA. The case becomes more complex when the gunman is found dead on a nearby rooftop. Dena’s family is concerned by an email they received a few weeks after her assassination. Dena’s group - ResistanceUSA a group with 42,000 members - was dedicated to being vocal The against our current administration. Georgia devotes herself to solving this enormous crime without getting herself killed in the process. This is an intense and complex plot. I have not read any of the previous books in the series before this one. I do think it would have been helpful to better understand Georgia’s character and her relationships with other characters. I am compelled to include these comments. I do not care to read a diatribe against our current administration and/or President. This does not appeal to me at all! Nor does the language or the gratuitous sex that is that is found throughout this book. A book doesn’t need these things to get its point across! I was provided an ARC of this book by the author. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
High Crimes by Libby Fischer Hellmann is the latest edition to The Georgia Davis PI series. Georgia Davis is hired by Erica Baldwin Stewart to find out more about her daughter, Dena’s death. The family received an anonymous email several weeks after her assassination and it bothers them. Dena Baldwin was the leader of ResistanceUSA, a group against the current president with 42,000 followers. Dena was vocal against the current regime and their practices. At a demonstration in Grant Park in Chicago, Dena was assassinated and the gunman, Scott Allen Jarvis, was found dead on a nearby rooftop. Georgia’s search for the truth takes her on a perilous journey. She soon learns that someone does not want the truth to come to light, and they are willing to do whatever it takes to keep their secrets hidden. While handling the case, Georgia’s mother reenters her life. It brings up the old feelings of resentment, abandonment and jealousy. Georgia’s case takes a dangerous turn when people begin disappearing. Her quest for the truth could find Georgia paying the ultimate price. If you have not read the previous books in The Georgia Davis PI series, I recommend beginning with Easy Innocence (the first book). I have not read any of the other novels in this series, and I felt I was missing key details on Georgia. I was not able to get into High Crimes (I ended up reading two other books while attempting to wade through High Crimes). I felt it lacked continuity and an ease. It jumped around to various characters and time periods which I found confusing. I tried to like Georgia, but it did not happen. I especially disliked her sister, Vanna. I found her self-centered and whiny. High Crimes contains an intriguing mystery with various twists that will surprise readers. It is the best part of the book. The writing is extremely detail oriented. Some of the extraneous information could have been eliminated. High Crimes takes punches at our current administration. It is obvious that the author is not a fan of the current president. If you are looking for an escape from all the political goings on in the news, then High Crimes is not the book for you. There is a significant amount of foul language (which I find offensive and unnecessary) and there is intimacy between couples (fair warning) that I was not expecting. As you can tell, I am not the right audience for High Crimes. However, that is the beauty of people and books. We are all unique and like different things. I suggest you obtain a sample of High Crimes to see if it is the right fit for you.