“Taut suspense.. Hellmann skillfully juggles disparate of threads of bank fraud, extortion, drugs and illegal immigration.” -- Publishers Weekly
“Hellmann’s new book is one tough cookie… she has done such a good job of bringing her dual principals to vivid life that you believe every word of it.” -- Dick Adler, The Rap Sheet
"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." -- Tess Gerritsen, NYT bestselling author of THE KEEPSAKE
"Doubleback is a high-octane rocket ride through ripped-from-the-headlines issues and across the country...Let's hope we see much more of the tough-as-nails PI Georgia Davis and her relentless partner Ellie Foreman." -- C.J. Box, author of BELOW ZERO
“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.” -- Crimespree Magazine
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. DOUBLEBACK continues the tradition of dark, gripping thrillers by authors like Tess Gerritsen, Karin Slaughter, and Val McDermid.
Anthony-finalist Hellmann's taut second novel of suspense to feature Chicago PI Georgia Davis (after Easy Innocence) teams Davis with video producer Ellie Foreman, the heroine of the author's other series (A Shot to Die for, etc.). When eight-year-old Molly Messenger is apparently kidnapped, a family friend turns to Ellie for help. Feeling out of her depth, Ellie asks Georgia to get involved, only to have the girl reappear unharmed just days later. After Molly's bank manager mother, Christine, dies in a suspicious car accident, Georgia gets on a trail that leads from Wisconsin to Arizona. Meanwhile, Ellie stumbles onto a paramilitary training camp connected to Christine's bank. Hellmann skillfully juggles disparate threads of bank fraud, extortion, drugs and illegal immigration. While some may find the use of dual narrators confusing, it works with Ellie's cooler-head yin balancing out Georgia's take-no-prisoners yang.