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Little Molly Messenger is kidnapped on a sunny June morning. Three days later she’s returned, apparently unharmed. A few days later, the brakes go out on Molly’s mother’s car.

An accident? Maybe. Except that it turns out that Molly’s mother, the IT manager at a large Chicago bank, may have misappropriated three million dollars. Molly’s father hires PI Georgia Davis to follow the money and investigate Chris’s death.

Doubleback reunites PI Georgia Davis (Easy Innocence) 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 come into play. While Georgia and Ellie go to great lengths to find the truth, Georgia discovers that you can cross a line, but sometimes you have to double back.

Doubleback was chosen by the Great Lakes Bookseller Association as their Autumn, 2009 “Great Lakes Great Read.”


Teaming up two strong, intelligent lead characters makes for a rich, suspenseful story in Libby Fischer Hellmann’s Doubleback.

Oline Cogdill, Mystery Scene

Hellmann’s new book is one tough cookie. She has combined her two protagonists into a strong and moving novel. Others have done this; with Doubleback, Hellmann proves she can stand up to peer pressure.

Dick Adler, January Magazine 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 moves with twists, insightful juxtapositions, and many layers. Hellmann doesn’t need to ‘doubleback.’ She’s indisputably crossed the line into the realm of great crime fiction writers.

Crimespree Magazine

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