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Easy Innocence (Georgia Davis #1)

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When pretty, smart Sara is found bludgeoned to death, it's easy to blame the man with the bat. But Georgia finds a much different darker answer on Chicago's North Shore- privileged schoolgirls have learned just how much their innocence is worth to hot-under-the-collar businessmen.
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Josh
Jan 04, 2013 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, crime, kindle, read_2013
Hazing (a process by which individuals are subject to humiliation as part of an initiation to a group), an affluent teenage prostitution ring where the girls turn tricks for ipods over fixes, a real estate scandal, and adultery comprise this enjoyable and heinous viewpoint of the young and rich or well to-do middle class teenage girls embroiled in a murder investigation.

In Chicago’s North Shore, Georgia Davis is hired to prove the innocence of a mentally handicapped man accused of the brutal mu
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Toni Osborne
Aug 21, 2016 Toni Osborne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 1, Georgia Davis series

What are your teen-age daughters up to when you are too busy to pay attention and how far will they go for approval from their peers? This tightly-written mystery will have you wonder and very concerned. “Easy Innocence” is above all an intriguing and a classic detective mystery.

Georgia Davis a no-nonsense female private detective has been hired to help clear a mentally ill man who has been accused of killing a teenage girl. Through her investigation Georgia discover
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Betty
Jan 14, 2009 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: murder mystery
A timely and perilous trip into the darkness of suburbia, this book grabbed me from the first page and kept me going straight through to the end. I only stopped reading long enough for a few hours of sleep! Libby Hellman has created a plot touching on two very real aspects of living in today’s world, teen prostitution and unscrupulous land development, and turned it into an absorbing read. Full of twist and turns, relationships good, bad and ugly, the main character Georgia Davis, ex-cop and now ...more
Pat
Jul 24, 2016 Pat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the Georgia Davis character. She was smart, persistent and caring. The story was a good mystery but a thriller it was not.

When PI Georgia Davis agrees to look into the death of Sara Long you already figure the accused (an autistic man named Cam Jordan) is actually innocent and there is a massive cover-up going on the protect some people's reputations. Georgia ignores all the warnings and threats at great risk to herself to uncover a sleazy racket of teen prostitution and rampant corrupti
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Dorothy
Oct 18, 2008 Dorothy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Dorothy by: Saw it at Borders-looked great
This book takes place in Chicago's suburban North Shore where all the affluent people of Chicago live. It is a novel of mystery and suspense. This book delves into the private, and not so private, lives of the rich. It begins with the murder of a high school student, but turns into much, much more! From the second I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down! I read it, and brought it with me, everywhere I traveled. I had a hard time not picking it up during work. I recommend this book as ...more
Dannye
Jul 23, 2012 Dannye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easy Innocence reminded me of Sara Paretsky's writing style with her V.I. Warshawski character. This was a complex plot, which the author handled well, keeping me in there until the end. Her main character, a female private investigator and ex-cop, was real and likable, always important characteristics to me when the main character is a strong woman. She makes mistakes, but she never gives up.

If you like a good crime mystery, you'll enjoy this novel. It was published in 2008, and she has publis
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Carl Brookins
Jul 13, 2008 Carl Brookins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with teenagers and who love good mystery fiction
Authors work hard to develop their series characters because they know agents and publishers like the relative security of known quantities; the characters are already vetted and there is almost always a growing audience of fans. Every new book in a series helps to sell the previous ones. Authors are like anybody else, they too like the security of series work. Crime fiction authors are also like creative artists in other fields. They get ideas for work that may not fit their series. And that is ...more
Maddy
May 23, 2010 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
RATING: 3.75

Usually, when you think of a prostitution ring, what comes to mind is a group of adult women who are selling themselves for money. One normally doesn't think of a group of middle class high school girls who are selling their bodies for the thrill and to buy the latest accessories du jour. But that's what's happening in a wealthy Chicago suburb. The ring is actually being run by an affluent teen named Lauren Walcher who has become quite the online businesswoman.

One of the girls invol
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Lis Carey
Jan 31, 2016 Lis Carey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of the Georgia Davis mysteries, which of course I read after having read the fourth, the most recent. This is not generally the order to read a mystery series in, but it worked out well this time.

Georgia is a Chicago cop, currently suspended for egregious violations of procedure, and working as a private investigator. Her former and perhaps future boss, Dan O'Malley, refers a client to her, Ruth Jordan, sister of Cam Jordan, a mentally challenged man charged with murdering a hi
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Jim
Apr 30, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
A very entertaining thriller, "Easy Innocence", by Libby Hellmann is the first in a series of novels featuring P.I. Georgia Davis. Davis a former cop who is on suspension for a major infraction of policy realizes her police career is over. Trying to make ends meet as a new P.I., Davis signs on to help investigate the case of a severely mentally challenged man accused of killing a popular local high school student. Georgia realizes quickly the accused, Cam Jordan 35, could not possibly been the p ...more
Michael
Apr 26, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents of teenagers, mystery fans, woman sluth fans.
Recommended to Michael by: Saw review that looked favorable.
Georgia Davis is hired to show that Cam Jordan is not guilty of killing teenager Sara Long.

Georgia enters a high school world packed with cliques, peer-pressure, greed and conceit. It is a setting ripe for the crime of the murder of a supposidly innocent teenager.

Law enforcement agencies are pusing for a quick solution to the case and expect a guilty verduct but when Davis, a former Northbrook Il. police officer, now PI begins her investigation we find that not much is as it first seemed. Inc
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Zander Vyne
The book is almost error-free (worth mentioning, since so many Kindle books have mistakes). The story is familiar - innocent man charged with murder because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, private eyes and cops trying to find clues that lead to the real murderer and finding another mystery instead (this one involving a ring of teenaged prostitutes).

The main character (Georgia, a private eye) is appealing and smart. One thing lacking is enough backstory to make me really, really car
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Tamary Anderson
I was overexcited about this book... probably because when I read about it, I focused on the fact that it was a bunch of rich high school girls running a little escort service.

Of course, that IS what its about, but it is really only used as the plot. We don't get to see what the interactions w/ the johns were and all that crap that I perversely wanted to read about =/

Anyways, Georgia Davis used to be a cop, but after she was suspended for not following department procedure she has taken up priv
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Linda
Oct 02, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book in return for an honest review, and I admit that I'm hooked on the series and can't wait to see what happens next!!

Private Investigator, Georgia Davis, had been a cop, until she screwed up. Ruth Jordan needed her her help when her Autistic brother had been charged for murdering a teenage girl in the forest preserve. Ruth was so sure that he was innocent and once Georgia saw Joran she believed he was innocent too, she just had to find a shadow of doubt in the prosecuting att
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Julia
Jul 05, 2008 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone - maybe not teenagers - it is about the dark side of Northshore teens in part
Recommended to Julia by: the author is my friend!
Libby's most recent mystery is great - like all of her mysteries (that I have read) - it is a story that feels very current and is set practically in my backyard! She writes about the North Shore of Chicago and so if you know this area, the settings will be very familiar! You may even find some charaters with your friends names on them (my name is on a character in one of her other books!). This is a fun and fast read.
Alejandra Molina
Apr 29, 2016 Alejandra Molina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
para ser mi primera novela policíaca me gustó. pero para las personas que les gusta este tipo de novelas les va a parecer un poco predecible dado que nos cuentan el punto de vista de varios personajes, dándonos más información que tiene la investigadora y cuando ella se entera quede como ya lo sé siguiente.
si se hubiera dado sólo el punto de vista de ella la novela abría tenido más impacto pero eso no le quita lo asombroso de la historia
Cheri
May 06, 2008 Cheri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Suspense. Not topics I would normally read -- school hazings/ multiple murders.Masterful telling. Author is doing book signing at Racine B&N, Friday, May 9. Setting is North suburbs of Chicago, where author currently lives. Don't start the last half of the book if you can't finish it in that sitting.
Annie
May 28, 2008 Annie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, attention-grabbing style and denouement. Seemed a little bit unbelievable in parts, but perhaps that is because it is too easily possible that it could be true these days, and I just don't want to believe it. My only objection was that I had trouble keeping track of all of the characters until about the middle of the book.
Mary
Sep 29, 2008 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hellman switches gears from her Ellie Forman series to a new PI Georgia Davis. The setting is the North Shore of Chicago and the Chicago reader will recognize many local sites. The pacing is fast and the story line chilling.
Karen
Jun 04, 2008 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Provocative beginning, great summer read!
Shanna Tidwell
Oct 22, 2016 Shanna Tidwell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. That being said I still don't think Georgia's personality is filled out enough. I still need a better feel for who she is.
The story is one that has gotten attention. Teen prostitution run by other teens. The rest of the story is what makes this one unique. Georgia is a smart determined cookie. Not one to scare away or give up. That is the type of character I like. I think that's why I need more of her back story or more insight in to her personality.

I will say this, remember
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Elsa Verschuur
Oct 19, 2016 Elsa Verschuur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Firstly, I downloaded a free copy of this book, and even though I was not asked for a review, I wanted to do one anyway. I loved this story. Many people don't want to think that horrible things are happening right next door, never mind in your own household. Sometimes, when someone is killed, it's easier to fit a person to the crime than to admit that the criminal is just as unlikely a person as the victim was. Ms Hellmann takes us into that world where nothing quite is as it seems and when it a ...more
Ashley Murray
Jan 08, 2017 Ashley Murray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. I loved the mystery of it. It kept me on the edge of my seat.
linda
Oct 18, 2016 linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Innocence be gone

Did enjoy the storyline. It just didn't GRAB me and l don't really know why...interesting story, Enjoyed it, I did.
Lori
Oct 09, 2016 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
A well written, interesting, entertaining and enjoyable mystery/detective story. After being suspended from the police force Georgia Davis becomes a P.I. While investigating the subsequent arrest of the "obvious" suspect Georgia uncovers the tangled twisted lives of those closest to the murder victim. The story is constantly moving forward weaving through numerous twists and turns that keep you guessing. Love stories that have a strong independent woman.

Great cast of interesting characters all
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Debbie Mcnally
Oct 06, 2016 Debbie Mcnally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Great Audio book this audio book was well written and well performed.
Jen
Apr 04, 2009 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Georgia Davis is a former cop turned P.I. When she receives a request from Danny O'Malley, a cop she used to work with, asking her to look into a murder case on behalf of the accused, she agrees to help out. It seems that important people are making an especially great effort to hurry this case through the process and convict a mentally ill man with no prior history of violence. The crime? The brutal beating death of a high school girl named Sara Long.

When Georgia begins to investigate she find
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Chris
Oct 15, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chris by: Book 4 recommend by bookreporter
THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY

Great BOOK

Usually, when you think of a prostitution ring, what comes to mind is a group of adult women who are selling themselves for money. One normally doesn't think of a group of middle class high school girls who are selling their bodies for the thrill and to buy the latest accessories du jour. But that's what
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Rebeka
Jan 15, 2009 Rebeka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This was, frankly, refreshing. I was given a copy for Christmas, and honestly I wasn't sure about the quality: a relative of mine is a friend of the author. But I was impressed.

Georgia Davis is a P.I. who used to be a police officer. Her latest case comes from Ruth Jordan, a woman whose mentally ill brother has been accused of battering a girl to death. As Georgia investigates she discovers twists and turns and quite a few hidden motives.

The characters are very real. They all have depth, and non
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Leslie
Wow, what a marvelous book, I could hardly put it down! It's full of excitement and mystery. Great writing and great characters make this a book you don't want to miss. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who likes a thrilling mystery story.
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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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. Eleven 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 writing community and has even won a few.

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