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High Crimes (The Georgia Davis PI Series #5)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  60 reviews
How do you solve a murder when there are 42,000 suspects?
That’s the task facing Chicago PI Georgia Davis, hired to hunt down those ultimately responsible for the assassination of Resistance leader Dena Baldwin at a demonstration fourteen months after the 2016 election. The gunman, on a nearby hotel rooftop, dies within minutes of the shooting.  As Georgia sifts through De
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Published November 13th 2018 by The Red Herrings Press
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Assigned book for review. 4 stars.

Hellman is an author after my own heart! I feel you, dear wonderful lady. I experienced the same deflation, which looking back, might have been a form of depression. But, I soldiered on, reading through it, even though my heart wasn't really in it, writing reviews without enthusiasm. But, then I realized, I was being robbed of my life force and I wouldn't let him have that, too. Carry on Libby- you did good! Welcome back! ❤
Toni Osborne
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
5th book in the Chicago PI Georgia Davis Thriller Series

With the US establishment in mind Ms. Hellmann penned an exciting fiction that brings her protagonist to hunt down those who were responsible for the assassination of the Resistance leader at a demonstration.

In alternate chapters and with a progressive time frame this suspenseful story tells us how step by step Georgia plunged into the case and how the perpetrator was recruited and managed to pull this terrible act. Lurking behind the scene
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
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 Chica ...more
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
MY GOD, YOU JUST HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!!! I can't imagine how Libby will TOP this novel, but she will! I felt so sorry for Dena and what she thought was a noble cause. Georgia is enlisted to find out who killed Dena as some dots didn't connect, but the CPD and the FBI just closed the case with the sniper dead. From Chicago to DC, to Minnesota leads her to find the clues, but with ResistanceUSA without a leader, how do you search the 42,000 suspects with the movement? Georgia has her own family ...more
Teresa Collins
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an ARC from the author at my request and this is my honest opinion. As a murder mystery, this story is fairly good; as a political treatise...not so much. I read in order to escape all the vitriol, hyperbole, and downright meanness that marks the political arena these days. So imagine my disappointment when I discovered this book was more of the same. I was very tempted to simply put it to the side and forget it, but I decided that wasn't fair to the author who fully expected me to re ...more
Virginia Williams
Talk about riveting high-profile fiction ripped from today's topical headlines! A sharpshooting sniper hits his intended target and proceeds to wreak havoc in a highly-attended political rally. Curt also succumbs from the bullets aimed from the roof of an adjacent building into Grant Park, downtown Chicago. Protesters scatter but the crack of the weapon seizes and is later discovered with the remains of the perpetrator.

Dena Baldwin, the target who created a Facebook group she called Resistance
Lis Carey
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's January 2018, and Donald Trump has been President for a year. Dena Baldwin, respected scion of a wealthy Chicago family, head of a major nonprofit charitable foundation, founder of a Resistance group, has organized a major protest. She briefly worries her fellow organizers of the group and the protest by arriving late, but she makes it in time that her second, Ruth Marriotti, doesn't have to stand up and speak in her place.

Then a shot rings out, Dena and one of the others are dead, and Ruth
Barbara Tobey
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was great to be back reading about PI Georgia Davis. Her family life is unusual. While I am not interested in politics, this book was fascinating. A definite page turner. The switching back and forth from past to present gave insight and intrigue. The author provided an advanced review copy.
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
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
High Crimes by Libby Fischer Hellmann

I received this ebook in exchange for an honest review.
I have read and enjoyed other books by Ms. Hellmann but I am not too sure how I feel about this book. It was obvious, early on, that this book had a lot of references to current times, referring to our current president and resistances going on against him. I was fine with this. I did not find this book gripping to the point where I did not want to put it down. I read two other novels, different genres, w
Beverly Laude
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
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 pre
4 1/2 stars

High Crimes is a riveting mystery/thriller. As always, Ms. Hellmann provides all the chills and twists a reader might like. Unfortunately, this book begins and continues as a political screed. While I don't disagree with the message, I had the distinct feeling that the author had a news feed running as she wrote this book, and that she plucked the latest absurdities to come out of Washington, D.C. and inserted them into the story. It was done with a heavy hand, and that drew away from
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

This is the fifth book in the Georgia Davis PI series. I have not read any of the prior books in this series. I found that this was a standalone book and I did not feel lost or suffer from a lack of understanding regarding the story or characters. Having said that [or written it], I really liked the MC Georgia and wish that I had read the prior books so I was involved with her charact
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
High Crimes by Libby Fischer Hellman is the 5th Georgia Davis crime thriller. Resistance leader Dena Baldwin was assassinated at a demonstration fourteen months after the 2016 election. The gunman died at the scene. But Dena’s family wants to know who is really responsible for Dena’s death and why she was killed. Chicago PI Georgia Davis has been hired to find out. This is not going to be an easy task. ResistanceUSA has 42,000 Facebook followers alone and George must sift through the profiles to ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
High Crimes is an excellent political thriller that takes something that happens regularly (people infiltrating groups who think differently with the intention of being disruptive) and runs with it. If you can't read a thriller unless everyone on your end of the political spectrum are good then you might not be grown up enough for this one. Like any such work it takes who is in power, the right currently (even though they are a significant minority), and amplifies the old adage that power corrup ...more
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Those bastions of truth, justice and the American way."
Following the shock election of a President thought by many to be systematically undermining the values of America as well as destroying the country's credibility, Dena, a spoilt, rich but charismatic young woman starts a Facebook group to oppose him, called Resistance USA. Membership grows rapidly, reaching almost 42,000, when Dena calls for a rally at which she will speak. Instead, the assembly of approximately 200,000 see her shot dead b
Grace Koshida
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's 14 months after the 2016 US election. A rooftop sniper kills ResistanceUSA leader Dena Baldwin at a rally in Chicago's Grant Park and then kills himself with a bomb. Dena's mother hires PI Georgia Davis to find the truth about her daughter's death after receiving a cryptic email. Was there a traitor amongst Dena's 42,000 Facebook followers? As Georgia follows a trail of clues from Chicago to Washington DC and a remote Minnesota cabin, she is threatened and attacked. But Georgia refuses to g ...more
Lisa Hudson
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
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 against our current administration. Georgia devotes herself to solving
Rosemary K
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Libby Fischer Hellmann wrote a story that is amazing. The political backdrop is suspenseful and perfect for our current times. The assassination of Dena Baldwin, the leader of Resistance, takes Georgia Davis on a dangerous mission. She needs to find the truth about this act of domestic terrorism. Will she be successful? Georgia is a strong resourceful woman. As she begins her investigation, she has doubts that she will uncover any new information. Boy is she wrong. I couldn't put this book down. ...more
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-read, own-it
First I want to point out that while I do not like the personal political things put in this book, I did like the "real Georgia Davis" story behind it. Georgia is out to find the killer of Dena Baldwin, the leader of the Resistance group. Everyone knows who the killer was, as he 'blows himself up' after he uses a drone to kill Dena. But there is more to the story than that. As Georgia looks into it, perhaps even the 'killer' was actually killed! Something isn't right with this group. Things get ...more
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I started reading this book I hadn’t realised it was the fifth in the Georgia Davies PI series, but it honestly read very well as a stand-alone. There was enough explanation of the necessary background to easily pick up on what was necessary to know to understand and enjoy the book.

Georgia Davies is a tenacious, plucky PI and even faced with a possible 42,000 suspects she doesn’t let such a ‘small’ detail get in the way of her investigation. This was a fast-paced, intriguing crime thriller,
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
HIGH CRIMES by Libby Fischer Hellman
I loved this but initially was doubtful because it seemed so different to a ‘usual’ Georgia Davies story. However, I gradually found myself being drawn in and really did enjoy it.
I live in the UK and although I follow US politics as you might say from a distance, being so far away I only know what I read in our papers. I don't really know what the American people’s personal view is, so this was refreshing to read.
Having said all that, let's talk about the act
Genelle Themann
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
The assassination of the leader of a political resistance organization by a right wing terrorist during a massive demonstration is deemed an open and shut case after the shooter blows himself up right after the shot is fired. However, the target's mother is not convinced that it was a simple "hit". She seeks the assistance of Georgia Davis, PI to find out why her daughter was targeted and if the "killer" was the only one involved. In other words, the mother wanted answers that the police and the ...more
Nov 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
I am not a big fan of PI stories nor of long book series, but I was attracted to High Crimes by the subject: a thriller built around the recent events of the Russia-gate, Facebook and Cambridge Analytics, political use of digital and hacking? Well, pretty intriguing, I told myself....
Except that, after the initial set up, all this stuff slid in the background to leave space to a plot that is totally disconnected from it; a plot that turned out as a rather conventional PI story with some touches
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy supplied at no charge by the author/publisher.
I really enjoy the Georgia Davis series, but being from Australia & not being interested in politics, found myself a little lost in some of the background. Georgia is asked to follow up what I would call a public shooting for a rally against the incumbent president in which the leader of the rally is killed, along with the shooter & her next in charge is wounded.
Georgia finds herself trying to fi
Denise Van plew
This is the first time reading this author with it by the title alone is how it tempted me. A good mystery is one that is hard to find nowadays with this one as soon as I opened it found it to be intriguing. Georgia has a huge task ahead of her with I do love reading a challenge when presented to a woman. As this PI does her job you become more inbedded in her dilemma but also wanting to come up with answers too. As her mountain grows she will be given a humdinger right along with it that will b ...more
Jan Miller
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
High Crimes by Libby Fischer Hellmann is a gripping book. I was immediately pulled into this book. The twists and turns are stunning and I loved how the author pulled current events from today's news into the story. The suspense and motivation are great. Georgia is a very intuitive private investigator who gets caught up in more than she anticipated. The narration by Eva Kaminsky is flawless. She performs various characters with distinguishable voices. This book is a standalone listen and part o ...more
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So many books, so little time to read. My tenth read from author Libby Fischer Hellman & the fifth in the Georgia Davis series. I'm a character reader, I get into the characters, their story, who/what they are. The author has done a great job of developing Georgia quickly & thoroughly throughout the first 4 books. The significant characters in her writing are developed similarly along the way. This book is in all senses of the word, a thriller! That’s it, no more spoilers from me though ...more
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Set just after the US presidential election in 2016, this story encapsulates the reaction of many people to the final result.
Dena Baldwin actually formed a resistance group to fight the situation.
But a year later, she was killed.. By a shooter who then blew himself up.
Investigating PI Georgia Davis is hired to find out if there was any foul play.
As she finds herself in the middle of an uncomfortable family situation with the return of the mother she is estranged from, Georgia also gets into trou
Jim B.
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Hellmann could have ripped this story from headlines. That is how crazy this country’s politics have become. While never naming the President in power nor specifically describing his actions she has captured the possibilities that the President has created by dividing the nation with his absurd actions and words. PI Davis and her family and friends, a circle that grows as the story unfolds, are the only heroes in this story. On the political side there are no heroes regardless of their polit ...more
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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. Sixteen novels and twenty-five 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.

Her newest work is HIGH