Book Of The Day – Set The Night On Fire

by Greg on January 16, 2012

For today’s Book Of The Day, we have a highly rated Thriller – and it’s on sale for today only! Set the Night on Fire by award winning author Libby Fischer Hellmann has an excellent 4.5 star rating and is on sale for only $2.99 – save $2!

“A top-rate thriller that taps into the antiwar protests of the 1960s… A jazzy fusion of past and present, Hellman’s insightful, politically charged whodunit explores a fascinating period in American history.”
–Publishers Weekly

Set the Night on Fire
by Libby Fischer Hellmann
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Category: Thriller
Price: $2.99 save $2


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Someone is trying to kill Lila Hilliard. During the Christmas holidays she returns from running errands to find her family home in flames, her father and brother trapped inside. Later, she is attacked by a mysterious man on a motorcycle. . . and the threats don’t end there.

As Lila desperately tries to piece together who is after her and why, she uncovers information about her father’s past in Chicago during the volatile days of the late 1960s . . . information he never shared with her, but now threatens to destroy her.

Part thriller, part historical novel, and part love story, Set the Night on Fire paints an unforgettable portrait of Chicago during a turbulent time: the riots at the Democratic Convention . . . the struggle for power between the Black Panthers and SDS . . . and a group of young idealists who tried to change the world.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

Libby Fischer Hellmann crafts a believable recreation of ‘sixties Chicago, of the radical hopes and challenges and the self-deceptions that marked the time and this is the real strength of the book. It’s a thriller informed with real substance and a highly recommended read.


I was a bit hesitant to read Libby Hellmann’s SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE. I did not grow up during the Sixties, and I didn’t share the political opinions that a lot of hippies and activists of that time did. I shouldn’t have worried. It doesn’t matter what your politics are, or if you even have any. SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE succeeds on a pure literary thriller level. It is a compelling story about a young woman who finds out someone is stalking her but she doesn’t know why. As she puts the pieces together, she finds out that her parents’ past still has an influence on the present. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down – it is that good. I dare you to stop once you start.


After enjoying Ms. Hellman’s previous novels starring Ellie Foreman and/or Georgia Davis I was intrigued by the positive chatter I read touting her new stand-alone novel, “Set The Night On Fire”. I am happy to say that this novel is every bit as good, if not better, than her previous work. This book hooked my interest in the opening chapters, and reeled me in through the clever plot and well-formed characters. A winner, in my book!!!

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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.

By the end of 2010 Libby will have published seven novels. About her fifth novel, 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 Easy Innocence. 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. Her next release, 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

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