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High Crimes: A Georgia Davis Novel of Suspense (The Georgia Davis PI… (edition 2018)

by Libby Fischer Hellmann (Author)

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Title:High Crimes: A Georgia Davis Novel of Suspense (The Georgia Davis PI Series Book 5)
Authors:Libby Fischer Hellmann (Author)
Info:The Red Herrings Press (2018)
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Rating:****
Tags:Mystery

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family-dynamics, fanatics, political-intrigue, Chicago, thriller, suspense, private-investigators, law-enforcement

Chicago. Politics. Corruption. Conspiracy. Murder. All that and much more in this novel that could be pulled from this morning's Tribune. The characters are interesting and sometimes quite disturbing, and the plot is ingenious and demanding. No spoilers. Just read it!
It seems that this is book 5 in series which I am new to, but no floundering because it is perfectly fine as a standalone.
The narration by Eva Kaminsky is fantastic! Clear voice and the characters are well delineated.
I requested and received a free audio copy from the author courtesy of AudioBookBOOM. ( )
  jetangen4571 | Dec 16, 2018 |
An excellent complex mystery that was very well written and has well developed believable characters. The plot is current, fast paced, intense, suspenseful, and realistic. Contains several twists and was hard to put down. A George Davis crime thriller that I highly enjoyed and recommend. ( )
  jimphillips8 | Nov 13, 2018 |
High Crimes is an excellent political thriller that takes something that happens regularly (people infiltrating groups who think differently with the intention of being disruptive) and runs with it. If you can't read a thriller unless everyone on your end of the political spectrum are good then you might not be grown up enough for this one. Like any such work it takes who is in power, the right currently (even though they are a significant minority), and amplifies the old adage that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

I find it funny that those who claim to be so tough get their little feelings hurt when a story isn't filled with enough propaganda for them. If the story were reversed they would probably put it on Breitbart and believe it was true, such are the mental shortcomings of those currently destroying democracy. If the people in the story are simply taken as characters without whining about them being on one side or the other, there are plenty of flaws to go around. And that is what makes a good story. If all you want is more of the same kool-aid, well, go try to decipher Trumpenfuehrer's tweets or his childish rallies. If you want a story that is well written and taken from the contemporary toxic waste that is our current administration, this is a great work.

Recommended for readers with functioning brains who enjoy political thrillers. For whiny right-wingnuts who feel entitled to everything, well, you're too cowardly to enjoy this so go back in momma's basement and read Breitbart and plan your next assault on a pizza restaurant running a child trafficking ring from their nonexistent basement.

Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley. ( )
  pomo58 | Oct 16, 2018 |
High Crimes by Libby Fischer Hellman is the 5th Georgia Davis crime thriller. Resistance leader Dena Baldwin was assassinated at a demonstration fourteen months after the 2016 election. The gunman died at the scene. But Dena’s family wants to know who is really responsible for Dena’s death and why she was killed. Chicago PI Georgia Davis has been hired to find out. This is not going to be an easy task. ResistanceUSA has 42,000 Facebook followers alone and George must sift through the profiles to see who is real and who is fake. Was the assassination political, or did someone have a personal grudge? Did the gunman kill himself or was he murdered?

Georgia is not one to shy away from danger, but this time she’s really got her hands full. In addition to a case that seems almost overwhelming, with people who will stop at nothing to get what they want threatening Georgia, her sister and young baby are living with her, and the mother who abandoned her when she was a child suddenly reappears.

As always, author Hellmann gives us a fast-paced story with intriguing characters, lots of action and no small measure of danger. The story is multi-layered, sprinkled with clues and false leads. Georgia must use all her wits to keep ahead of those out to harm her and to navigate the treacherous family dynamics at home.

In addition to the complex mystery, Georgia's investigation takes her to several locations in High Crimes. I grew up in the Chicago area and always enjoy the details and color of Georgia’s local surroundings, but this time she also travels to Washington DC, a fascinating place full of secrets and lies, and to Northern Minnesota, Chevy Chase, Maryland, and Virginia, all picturesque but not exactly safe for Georgia right now. It’s a travelogue, but a very suspenseful, dangerous one.

Thanks to the author for providing an advance copy of High Crimes. I voluntarily chose to review it and all opinions are my own. ( )
  GrandmaCootie | Oct 4, 2018 |
It's January 2018, and Donald Trump has been President for a year. Dena Baldwin, respected scion of a wealthy Chicago family, head of a major nonprofit charitable foundation, founder of a Resistance group, has organized a major protest. She briefly worries her fellow organizers of the group and the protest by arriving late, but she makes it in time that her second, Ruth Marriotti, doesn't have to stand up and speak in her place.

Then a shot rings out, Dena and one of the others are dead, and Ruth is badly wounded. Moments later, the shooter blows himself up on the roof of a nearby building.

Dena's mother, Erica Baldwin, calls Georgia Davis when the FBI's silence and apparent lack of action frustrates and distresses her. She wants answers.

What Georgia finds are more questions.

Dena briefly recruited a former hacker turned computer security expert to help protect the Resistance Facebook page and electronic records. They apparently had a passionate online "affair" for three weeks, and then he abruptly vanished from the group's life. Dena's parents are divorced and she's estranged from her father. Carl is as rightwing as Dena is left, a Washington lobbyist who supports the new administration and has no hesitation about taking Russian money to do so. He's rigid, controlling, domineering--much like, in fact, Dena, from what Georgia learns in talking to her friends.

The shooter is also a puzzle. There's no apparent connection between him and rightwing politics. He's a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, had had problems readjusting after his return home, but he'd never gotten involved in politics. Yet there's also no apparent connection between him and Dena Baldwin.

Why did he shoot her? Was someone else behind it?

Talking to his sister is an obvious start, but she's disappeared, paying her rent and asking her landlady to collect her mail, but leaving no contact information.

Then Carl Baldwin disappears, too, and Georgia is kidnapped, beaten, and threatened, told she needs to drop the case immediately.

And in case things might too easy and uncomplicated for her, she's having some stresses with her younger sister, Vanna, and Vanna's baby, Charlie, in her tiny apartment. This is not made easier when their mother, who abandoned Georgia but did raise Vanna (more or less, not very well), suddenly appears at their door.

There's a lot going on here. Political and social conflicts figure significantly in the murders. There are also family conflicts, among the Baldwins, and for Georgia and her family. Georgia has to confront her own feelings about her mother, her sister's insecurities, and how to move forward rather than remaining stuck. One of the great things about this series is the way the characters, both personally and in their relationships, continue to grow.

Recommended.

I received a free electronic galley of this book from the author, and am reviewing it voluntarily. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
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