Book Of The Day – Doubleback

by Greg on May 12, 2011

Here’s a great, highly rated, bargain Kindle book for all the Mystery/Thriller fans out there and it’s also today’s Book Of The Day. Doubleback by Libby Fischer Hellmann has a very nice 4.0 star rating and costs only 99 cents!

If you like Rizzoli and Isles, you’ll love DOUBLEBACK. In fact, Tess Gerritsen (author of the Rizzoli and Isles books) said: “Libby Hellmann knows how to reel in a reader, and she does it expertly in DOUBLEBACK. One of the tensest opening scenes ever written is just the introduction to a true puzzler of a thriller.”

by Libby Fischer Hellmann
Rating: 4.0 Stars
Category: Mystery & Thrillers/Women Sleuths
Price: $0.99


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Little Molly Messenger is kidnapped on a sunny June morning. Three days later she’s returned, apparently unharmed. Molly’s mother, Chris, is so grateful to have her daughter back that she’s willing to overlook the odd circumstances.

A few days later, the brakes go out on Chris’s car.

An accident? Maybe. Except that it turns out that Chris, the IT manager at a large Chicago bank, may have misappropriated three million dollars. Not convinced that his daughter is safe, Molly’s father hires PI Georgia Davis to follow the money and investigate Chris’s death.

Doubleback, the sequel to the acclaimed Easy Innocence, reunites PI Georgia Davis with video producer Ellie Foreman (An Eye For Murder, A Picture Of Guilt, An Image Of Death, A Shot To Die For). The two women track leads from Northern Wisconsin to an Arizona border town, where illegal immigrants, smuggled drugs, and an independent contractor called Delton Security come into play. Georgia and Ellie go to great lengths to find the truth, and Georgia discovers that you can cross a line, but sometimes you have to double back.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

This novel is great. It bursts out of the gate with an action packed first scene, and the action never lets up. There wasn’t a single dry moment in the entire book, and it kept me on edge the whole time. Suspense is built masterfully, and the climax is phenomenal. 6/5 stars!!


The plot is fast-paced, rich with detail and sense of place … and a whole lot of fun. I found myself 100 pages into “DoubleBack” when Michael Connelly’s “Nine Dragons” arrived (via Whispernet), and even though I read a couple of chapters of the new Connelly book, “DoubleBack” drew me back. It’s that good.

I can’t wait to see what Ms. Fischer Hellman comes up with next. Whether it involves these characters or not, I am sure it will be great.


While Georgia Davis may have needed to, Libby Fischer Hellman doesn’t need to “doubleback.” She’s indisputably crossed the line into the realm of great crime fiction writers. There’s no going back now.

Get Doubleback here: Doubleback

About The Author

Libby Fischer Hellmann is a transplant from Washington, D.C., where, she says, “When you’re sitting around the dinner table gossiping about the neighbors, you’re talking politics.” Armed with a Masters Degree in Film Production from New York University, and a BA in history from the University of Pennsylvania, she started her career in broadcast news. She began as an assistant film editor at NBC News in New York, but moved back to DC where she worked with Robin McNeil and Jim Lehrer at N-PACT, the public affairs production arm of PBS. When Watergate broke, she was re-trained as an assistant director and helped produce PBS’s night-time broadcasts of the hearings.

In 1978, Hellmann moved to Chicago (which would later be the backdrop of her novels) in order to work at Burson-Marsteller, the large public relations firm, staying until 1985 when she founded Fischer Hellmann Communications. Currently, when not writing, she conducts speaker training programs in platform speaking, presentation skills, media training, and crisis communications. Additionally, Libby also writes and produces videos.

With the release of SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE, Libby will have published seven novels by the end of 2010. About her fifth novel, EASY INNOCENCE, the Chicago Tribune said, “There’s a new no-nonsense detective in town… Tough and smart enough to give even the legendary V.I. Warshawski a run for her money.” They were referring to Georgia Davis, Libby Hellmann’s PI protagonist in the thriller. Davis returned, paired with amateur sleuth Ellie Foreman, in Hellmann’s sixth crime fiction thriller, DOUBLEBACK (2009), which was selected as a Great Lakes Booksellers’ Association “2009 Great Read.”

The Georgia Davis series was a spin-off of Hellmann’s Ellie Foreman series, which debuted in 2002 with An Eye For Murder. Publishers Weekly called it a “masterful blend of politics, history, and suspense,” and it was nominated for several awards. There are four books in the Ellie Foreman series, which Libby says is a cross between “‘Desperate Housewives’ and ’24.'”

Libby also edited a highly acclaimed crime fiction anthology, CHICAGO BLUES(October, 2007). In May 2010, she published an e-collection of her own short stories called NICE GIRL DOES NOIR. SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE, in December 2010, is a standalone thriller that goes back, in part, to the late Sixties in Chicago.

In 2005-2006 she was the National President of Sisters in Crime, a 3,400-plus member organization committed to strengthening the voice of female mystery writers. Hellmann also blogs with “The Outfit Collective” at

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – Libby Fischer Hellmann
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1 Faith Mortimer May 13, 2011 at 11:16 am

This is a great piece, Libby -interesting and I’m sure well received. I can’t wait to read it!
Faith Mortimer – Author
The Assassins’ Village
The Crossing

2 Mel Comley May 12, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I can’t wait to read this, I’ve just started reading Libby’s other book Set The Night On Fire and it’s fab.

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