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Easy Innocence by Libby Fischer Hellmann
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May 23, 2010

really liked it
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Read in May, 2008

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 involved in the ring, Sara Long, is being hazed by a group of her peers. When she separates from the group, she becomes the victim of a vicious murderer who uses a bat to bludgeon her to death. The prime suspect is a mentally challenged man named Cameron Jordan, who is nearby and whose fingerprints are on the bat. Add to that the fact that he is a sex offender, and it seems pretty clear that this is an open-and-shut case.

Or maybe not. Newly minted private investigator Georgia Davis is asked to investigate by Cameron's sister, Ruth. Formerly a cop, Georgia is really a novice at the PI game. Despite her lack of experience, she has an intuitive sense that something is being covered up. The case is being rushed through the system; can it be that strong and powerful interests in the community are trying to hide something? There is also an unsavory land development scam that may be linked to some of the area's stalwart citizens. Georgia turns out to be a dogged investigator who has the knack of obtaining the cooperation of others.

Initially, I didn't think that I was going to like the character of Georgia Davis. She exhibited some really bad judgment at times, portraying herself as someone she wasn't. For example, she intimated that she was a social worker who was assigned to work with Lauren and obtained information under false pretenses. However, as the book continued, she came to realize that she couldn't engage in that kind of behavior and that she had to represent herself truthfully. One of the biggest obstacles for her to overcome in her new career as a private eye was that she no longer had the authority or resources of the police department. Instead, she had to rely on her wits and establish new sources of information.

EASY INNOCENCE is the first (and I hope not last) Georgia Davis book by the author of the Ellie Foreman series. I thought that Hellman did a great job with the characters and in developing the situations. In Hellmann's hands, even the rich and privileged showed vulnerability. Add to that a complex and well-developed plot, and you have some great reading ahead of you.

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Courtney Edson Very nice review.

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