To read Libby Fischer Hellmann is to love Libby Fischer Hellmann. Her writing is tight, fast, and highly entertaining. But I had no idea Libby was so versatile. She's still great at the light-hearted suspense she's known for, but the stories in NICE GIRL DOES NOIR -- all previously published -- offer a wide variety of styles, tones, and topics. Funny. Dark. Poignant. Exciting. Surprising. And yes, plenty of hardboiled.
About the Author
Award winning author Libby Fischer Hellmann writes two crime fiction series. Two 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. The first, AN EYE FOR MURDER, was an Anthony nominee for Best First. Libby has also published over 15 short stories (now in NICE GIRL DOES NOIR) and edited the acclaimed crime fiction anthology CHICAGO BLUES. Look for her stand alone thriller, SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE, which goes back, in part, to the late Sixties.
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Nice Girl Does Noir: A Collection of Short Stories based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This was an introduction to Fischer Hellmann for me: while I'm not a big fan of detective fiction in short stories (no character development, plot moves too quickly and the ending is usually sensational), I did enjoy the author's style, especially in the first story in which the theme is very different from the other stories. This collection was a good way to get acquainted Hellmann's work and I would definitely read her detective novels if just to get to know Georgia David and Ellie Foreman better.The author's introduction to each story is also welcome for setting and insights.