TOXICITY by Libby Fischer Hellmann
Libby Fischer Hellmann
Dark, Intense, Modern: A Novel to Savor
Libby Fischer Hellmann’s thriller TOXICITY is as gritty as it is spellbinding. Populated with fully-realized characters, TOXICITY introduces us to Hellmann’s signature heroine, Georgia Davis. But we meet Georgia ten years earlier, when she is a young and determined rookie on a Chicago police force.
In Georgia’s debut, we see her tenacity and strength, but also her vulnerability: the seeds sown for the woman she will become. TOXICITY works on all levels, drawing the reader inexorably into a web of deceit, heart-crushing loss, and righteous fury. This wicked brew explodes in a stunning and satisfying conclusion that answers every question. Hellmann pulls no punches.
—J. Carson Black, best-selling author of THE SHOP and DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
Ten years before EASY INNOCENCE, PI Georgia Davis was a police officer on the force in a Chicago suburb. And while homicides are rare on the North Shore, three bodies turn up in quick succession—all of them dumped in waste disposal dumpsters or landfills.
The investigations into the murders test the mettle and professionalism of a combined police task force. Along the way, they also test the strength of Georgia’s relationship with one of the detectives working the case.
While Georgia, her detective boyfriend Matt, and his sometime partner John Stone pit their skills against those of an inventive killer, the daughter of a real estate mogul– who just happens to have her eye on Matt — complicates matters. A dark police procedural and thriller, TOXICITY is a prequel to the Georgia Davis PI series (EASY INNOCENCE and DOUBLEBACK).
About Libby Fischer Hellmann:
Libby Fischer Hellmann is the Anthony-nominated author of 9 crime fiction novels, including the Ellie Foreman mystery/suspense series. The Ellie books, which Libby describes as a cross between “Desperate Housewives” and “24,” include AN EYE FOR MURDER, A PICTURE OF GUILT, AN IMAGE OF DEATH, and A SHOT TO DIE FOR.
Libby also writes the harder edged Georgia Davis PI series: EASY INNOCENCE, DOUBLEBACK, and TOXICITY. She has also written two acclaimed stand-alone thrillers: SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE and A BITTER VEIL. All her books, including short stories, are available on Kindle. She has lived in the Chicago area over 30 years. More at her website: libbyhellmann.com
Review by Kathryn Delaney:
A new neighborhood, a promise of a bright future in a new home. But the children are getting sick. Why?
Seemingly unconnected individuals are being poisoned in a mysterious manner. Why?
A loving couple find themselves torn apart. Why?
TOXICITY is an engaging story that will haunt you on many levels. The characters are developed; the reader becomes invested. I found myself furious with every character at one time or another while reading this book which just goes to show how well written this story is. (I don’t want to tell you why so as not to spoil the story for you. Just let it be said that by the end of Chapter 39, I had some not-so-nice things to say to one of the characters. By the next couple of chapters I was cussing at another character. By the end, I had a few more words to say!)
Plan to get emotionally involved while reading TOXICITY. Plan to enjoy reading TOXICITY. Why? Because it is anything but toxic!