Easy Innocence

Easy Innocence

by Libby Fischer Hellmann

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When pretty, smart Sara Long is found bludgeoned to death, it's easy to blame the man with the bat. But Georgia Davis -- former cop and newly-minted PI -- is hired to look into the incident at the behest of the accused's sister, and what she finds hints at a much different, much darker answer. It seems the privileged, preppy schoolgirls on Chicago's North Shore have learned just how much their innocence is worth to hot-under-the-collar businessmen. But while these girls can pay for Prada pricetags, they don't realize that their new business venture may end up costing them more than they can afford. EASY INNOCENCE is a welcome addition to the body of dark, gripping thrillers by authors like Tess Gerritsen, Karin Slaughter, and Val McDermid.

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BN ID: 2940012234339
Publisher: The Red Herrings Press
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Series: Georgia Davis Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 385
Sales rank: 214,990
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Libby Fischer Hellmann, an award-winning Chicago crime fiction author, has published nine novels. Her tenth, A BITTER VEIL, is set in revolutionary Iran, and was released April, 2012. Libby’s other stand-alone thriller, SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE (2010), goes back, in part, to the late Sixties in Chicago. She also writes two crime fiction series: the first features Chicago PI Georgia Davis (3 novels) and the four novel Ellie Foreman series, which Libby describes as a cross between “Desperate Housewives” and “24.”
Libby has also published 15 short stories in NICE GIRL DOES NOIR and has edited the acclaimed crime fiction anthology, CHICAGO BLUES. She has been nominated twice for the Anthony Award, and once for the Agatha. All her work is available digitally.
Originally from Washington DC, she has lived in Chicago for 30 years and claims they’ll take her out of here feet first.
More at her website: www.libbyhellmann.com

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Easy Innocence 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, it kept me hooked. As I read I found myself "talking' to the characters. I thought this was going to be predictable (and to a degree it was,) but the story kept my attention. Looking forward to more. -J. Matthews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book - you will not be able to put this down
readerbynight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 P.I., is up to the challenge.Upon the murder of a young teen, a mentally disabled young man is found at the scene of the crime holding the weapon and covered in her blood. The lawyer for his defense is sure that he did not do it and hires Georgia to try to find evidence to prove it. Through her search she finds hers, blocking her at every turn, Georgia has a difficult time breaking through the codes of the elite. Leads keep turning around, who can she trust? Who can she safely question? Who will the killer strike next? This book will definitely hold your attention. I thoroughly enjoyed it, the characters were well-formed, and grew as the story went along. I highly recommend this murder mystery and will definitely read other books by this author, I loved this book.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
A dark mystery set in Chicago’s North Shore, Easy Innocence combines the search for a guilty murderer with the equally complex search for an innocent teen. Those who look most wholesome and sweet might hide a darker side--hide it even from themselves. Because, after all, if you want to fit in you’ll have to buy, and if you want to buy you’ll have to sell… This novel offers a very bleak look at how teens might be seduced by the modern world. At the same time it looks at acceptance on a larger stage—how those who are different are rejected in the world outside high school too, and how being rejected can claim a cruel price. The depiction of mental illness is convincing and heart-breaking, as is the author’s depiction of young teen’s broken innocence. A haunting murder mystery with a generously thoughtful protagonist, Easy Innocence is a great start to the Georgia Davis PI series and a truly disturbing, uneasy tale. Disclosure: I won a copy and I enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
New to me author, will be checking out more of this series as soon as I finish this review! Wanted to read non stop, and would have if not for family and work! Thumbs up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Skilled authored. Kept me riveted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Real mystery!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Audio book this audio book was well written and well performed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great mystery kept moving along, with twists here and there and some surprises. I look forward to reading another of this author's books.
542126 More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading Easy Innocence. Wow so many twist & turns It was hard to put down. You won't be disappointed. This was my first book by this author and I will absolutely be reading more of her books. I have pre ordered her next book Jump Cut and can't wait for it to arrive.
Brencz More than 1 year ago
This was a great book that had me from the first chapter. I’ve read other books by author Hellmann and like her style but once I started this I couldn’t put it down. The book starts with a young girl who was a prostitute over hearing something from her john. Then as the story goes along, Georgia Davis, a former cop and now a Private Investigator, is hired to look into a murder that appears to be a little too tidy and going through the legal system a little too fast. Throughout the the book, the author weaves in the story of a young prostitution ring, a murder of a young high school student and politics. All of the characters are richly developed and the story moves on at a great flow. Once again, Ms. Hellmann does a great job with the book as a mystery, thriller that keeps you wanting to keep reading and not put it down.
Maijaquips More than 1 year ago
A great story by this writer involving teenage prostitution, contaminated land cover up and murder which held my interest throughout. I look forward to reading more of Libby's books and recommend this book to all mystery readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good mystery with a good story & characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After being suspended for not turning in a confiscated weapon despite ultimately solving the case, Georgia Davis left the Chicago police force to work as a private investigator. Although she manages to keep busy with insurance cases and spying on straying spouses, it¿s a tip from an old colleague that has her feeling alive again. An unarguably mentally unstable man is being shuttled much too quickly through the legal system for the murder of a teenage girl, and the man¿s sister is willing to pay to prove his innocence. What Georgia discovers is that the girl was the latest victim in a series of covered-up hazing incidents, and although the teens deny harming the girl Georgia has her suspicions. When Georgia learns that one of the implicated students is the daughter of the prosecuting attorney Georgia is more than a little suspicious that the higher-ups are protecting their own. As Georgia looks into the background of the victim she discovers that the Sara Long was hiding more than her share of secrets from her parents, from a cache of designer goods to the fact that she was only pretending to work in a bookstore. Both freed and hampered by the loss of her police status Georgia risks her life and the possibility of arrest when she manipulates her way into interviewing the teens and their families to discover that they are all hiding a secret that one would never expect in such a white and wealthy society. Although Georgia was introduced to readers in Hellmann¿s Ellie Foreman series (Image of Death), this new mystery takes a darker and more intense turn that reveals the growth in the author¿s talent. She explores the culture today that has teenaged girls who use sex as commerce and value material goods over self-respect. Hellmann keeps the pace going by alternating viewpoints that include the sleazy boyfriend of one of the teens and Georgia¿s shady ex who seems to be stalking her. Despite the bleak theme and disturbing cover though, the mystery never becomes too depressing as a result of Georgia¿s dry ¿ and admittedly black- humor along with the introduction of her charming and attractive neighbor. Filled with the authentic backdrop of Chicago and realistic portrayals of the police and legal systems, Easy Innocence succeeds in entertaining readers and keeps them engaged until the final last twist.