Easy Innocence by Libby Fischer Hellmann
Libby Fischer Hellmann
It’s midnight. Do you know where your children are?
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.
In this fast-paced mystery, the author of the Ellie Forman series introduces suspended cop and now PI Georgia Davis. Georgia is hired to help clear a mentally ill man, Cam Jordan, who is accused of killing a teenage girl, Sara Long, in a local forest preserve.
It looks like an open-and-shut case; Cam’s fingerprints are on the murder weapon, and the victim’s blood is on his shirt. However, Georgia and Cam’s lawyer suspect Cam is being railroaded. Through her investigation, Georgia finds Sara was killed at a high-school hazing, and a local teenage prostitution ring is operating on the North Shore, a privileged, upper-class area north of Chicago. Also, there is a shady real-estate deal going on.
Even when Georgia finds enough evidence to cast doubt on Cam’s culpability, she continues her investigation, intent on finding out who killed Sara and why. Georgia is a loner with a minimalist lifestyle who is recovering from her breakup with her boyfriend. She is a principled, compassionate character, determined to do the right thing, even if it doesn’t follow conventional assumptions. —Sue O’Brien
Review by Joyce J. Ruskuski:
This story takes you on a journey into the often times rocky roads of High School intrigue and high powered political connections of their parents.
I enjoyed it very much. I was blown away by the enterprising prostitution angle of the young people. The blaze and lack of morals or any signs of regret, plus the obvious and complete duh, quality of their oblivious parents. In this day and age of the computers, it is amazing the things that young people can and do get up. However, the devastating and horrible consequences are still the same. They destroy lives and tear families apart.
It kept me turning those pages and never quite sure who or what was actually at the bottom of the entire story. I think any reader of mysteries will find this one a joy and a challenge to try to unravel. I know I did.