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Libby Fischer Hellmann

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Libby's newest crime thriller, NOBODY'S CHILD is her 11th crime thriller and the 4th Georgia Davis novel. It will be released September, 2014.

Libby Fischer Hellmann is a critically acclaimed crime writer loved by readers the world over for her compulsively readable thrillers and strong female characters. Her fast-paced crime fiction spans 10 novels and 20 short stories, and she has also edited a popular crime fiction anthology called Chicago Blues.

With critics describing her work as “masterful” and “meticulously researched,” it’s not hard to see why Libby’s thrilling and richly varied crime novels have won numerous awards. Libby is exceptionally committed to her work, and in 2005-2006 she was the National President of Sisters in Crime, a 3...more

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Libby Fischer Hellmann Writers Block is a signal that something isn't working right. I might not know what it is, but if I back off for a day or two, I usually figure it…moreWriters Block is a signal that something isn't working right. I might not know what it is, but if I back off for a day or two, I usually figure it out. It might be a character who isn't behaving in a credible way... a plot development that isn't credible, or even a description that is less than awesome. Whatever it is, I try to respect it and analyze why it's happening. Usually, when I'm completely honest with myself, I can figure it out.
Libby Fischer Hellmann Having written. The process of writing is the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. I hate it. But I LOVE having written. It's amazing to hold a…moreHaving written. The process of writing is the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. I hate it. But I LOVE having written. It's amazing to hold a novel in your hands and think that YOU wrote it! (less)
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Easy Innocence (Georgia Dav...
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Set the Night on Fire
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Doubleback (Georgia Davis, #2)
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Toxicity (Georgia Davis, #0)
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Nobody's Child by Libby Fischer Hellmann
" I received an advance e-book copy in return for a review on Amazon. I'd never read this author Libby Fischer Hellman before but let me say I will from now on. She wove a great story and characters. Fast pace and kept my interest. I give all books... " Read more of this review »
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" I received this as an ARC for an honest review. It actually will come out in August. This was a great read. Georgia is faced with a very complex case which involves baby brokarage, illegal organ procurement, sex trafficking, murder, and the Russia... " Read more of this review »
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" I thoroughly enjoyed this Georgia Davis novel. This personable private investigator grabs you and leads you through the Chicago area as she examines information, and pursues leads; taking personal risks in order to get to find the true details and... " Read more of this review »
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Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”
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Libby Just finished the 2nd draft of the 4th Georgia Davis book. It's tentatively called "Comeback." Waiting for a bit to make more revisions. Meanwhile, enjoying Left Coast Crime in Monterey. What a great feel this conference has!

message 13: by Libby (last edited Feb 02, 2014 07:36PM)

Libby If anyone is interested in a free copy of "Your Sweet Man," my contribution to the Chicago Blues anthology (and one of my favorite short stories), be sure to go to where you can sign up for my email list and get the story. Of course, you'll also get updates from me occasionally... but I promise not to inundate you.

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Nadine Thank you for accepting me as your friend.

Alexandra Aldrich Hi Libby, Please consider reading my new memoir The Astor Orphan. It has been described as "gothic." Thanks, Alexandra

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Libby My pleasure, Norene...

Norene Moskalski Thank you for adding me as your friend, Libby.

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Zoë Sharp Hi Libby

Thanks for Friending me here. Great to catch up with you. Loved the Odds & Ends blog, btw!

Mickey Wyte Thanks for for adding me as your friend.

Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend

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Libby I think I saw you're doing one too, aren't you? I'll come to yours if you come to mine.... :)

Deborah Ledford Hey Libby--it was great seeing you at your Poisoned Pen appearance. I'm looking forward to your Virtual Tour event with Shindig April 17th.
Deborah J Ledford

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Rick Reed Thanks for adding me as a friend, Libby. I'll see you at Thrillerfest.

message 2: by Kris

Kris Neri Good to connect with you here, Libby! Happy holidays.


Kris Neri
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Gerald Griffin Libby, thank you for accepting me as a friend. Hope your holiday season was a pleasant one. Though the holidays have passed, may I ask you for a belated Christmas gift: would you please visit my website,, and sign my Guest Book. It would be a special gift to see you there!


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