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Libby Fischer Hellmann


Libby Fischer Hellmann

Libby Fischer Hellmann writes Compulsively Readable Thrillers. Her 13th novel, JUMP CUT, the fifth entry in her Ellie Foreman series, was released in March 2016 and won a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly.

In 2014, HAVANA LOST, a stand-alone literary thriller and love story set in Cuba, was released. A BITTER VEIL, set in revolutionary Iran during the late ’70s was released in 2013. Along with SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE (2010), which goes back to the late '60s in Chicago, these stand-alone thrillers are what Libby calls her Revolution Trilogy.

She also writes two crime fiction series.Libby describes the first, the Ellie Foreman series, soon to be a five- volume set, as a cross between “Desperate Housewives” and “24.” Chicago P.I. Georgia Davis first appeared in one of those novels, and she now has her own series, which has grown to four volumes.

Libby has also published over 20 short stories, many of them in NICE GIRL DOES NOIR. She also edited the acclaimed crime fiction anthology CHICAGO BLUES. Her most recent novella (2015) was THE INCIDENTAL SPY, a World War II story about the early years of the Manhattan Project in Chicago. She is currently working on another WWII novella, tentatively titled HOMEFRONT.

Originally from Washington D.C., she has lived in Chicago over 35 years and claims they’ll take her out of there feet first.

Books by Libby Fischer Hellmann

by Libby Fischer Hellmann - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Chicago video producer, Ellie Foreman, is back…and soon entangled in a web of espionage, murder and suspicion that threatens to destroy what she holds most dear.

by Libby Fischer Hellmann - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

On the eve of the Cuban Revolution, headstrong 18-year-old Francesca Pacelli flees from her ruthless Mafia-boss father in Havana to the arms of her lover, a rebel fighting with Fidel Castro. Her father, desperate to send her to safety in the US, resorts to torture and blackmail as he searches the island for her. So begins the first part of a spellbinding saga that spans three generations of the same family.

by Libby Fischer Hellmann - Fiction, Literary Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Anna and Nouri, both studying in Chicago, fall in love despite their very different backgrounds. Anna, who has never been close to her parents, is more than happy to return with Nouri to his native Iran, to be embraced by his wealthy family. Beginning their married life together in 1978, their world is abruptly turned upside down by the overthrow of the Shah, and the rise of the Islamic Republic.