High Crimes

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Honors and Awards:
Winner, IPPY Gold Medal, Suspense/Thriller Category
Finalist, Chicago Writers Association, Best Book of the Year, Indie Fiction

How do you solve a murder when there are 42,000 suspects?
That’s the task facing Chicago PI Georgia Davis, hired to hunt down those ultimately responsible for the assassination of Resistance leader Dena Baldwin at a demonstration fourteen months after the 2016 election. The gunman, on a nearby hotel rooftop, dies within minutes of the shooting. As Georgia sifts through Dena’s 42,000 Facebook followers, she discovers that unknown enemies hiding behind fake profiles have infiltrated the group. She finds others who will do whatever it takes—including murder—to shield right-wing, wealthy elites. When Georgia begins piecing together the facts, relatives of both victims mysteriously disappear, and the danger escalates. Threats and bruises have never frightened Georgia, but she’s side-swiped by the sudden reappearance of the mother who abandoned her when she was a child. Can she survive an emotional family crisis at the same time she pursues killers whose only goal is to protect themselves?


In this ripped from the headlines and rocket-paced thriller, Libby Fischer Hellmann is at the top of her game. You won’t stop turning the pages, gripped by every twist and turn. And the tough, smart Georgia Davis is sure to take herplace among the top female PIs in crime fiction.”

Lisa Unger , NY TImes Bestselling Author of UNDER MY SKIN on HIGH CRIMES

Entertaining…(Georgia is) a shrewd investigator… for readers who watch the nightly news with dismay, the novel offers a satisfying alternate reality.”

Publishers Weekly

HIGH CRIMES is the P.I. novel for our moment, not just because of its backdrop of political tension, but because of the resilient strength of its characters. Georgia Davis is a terrific lead, and Libby Fischer Hellmann calls on her own journalism background to add layers of realism to this all-too plausible plot.”

Michael Koryta, NY TImes Bestselling Author of HOW IT HAPPENED

More than just a murder investigation, but even if you ignore the broader truths, it’s a fun read. How Hellmann managed to write this novel as if it was pulled from today’s headlines is beyond me. Maybe she has a time machine. I highly recommend it.”

Pat Balester, Picks by Pat

While the story is politically driven, this is still a solid mystery filled with familiar characters who act without political motives…This series continues to improve with each novel.”

Ted Hertel, Deadly Pleasures Magazine

(A) smart, multi-layered plot which perfectly exemplifies our modern society … Fans of all political stripes will enjoy this combination of intricate family relationships and realistic crime fiction.”

Julie Whiteley, Library Journal