Author Libby Fischer Hellmann writes Jump Cut: Rushing Towards Summer’s End With Exceptional Espionage Action

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Jump Cut: Rushing Towards Summer’s End With Exceptional Espionage Action

Chicago, IL, July 22, 2016 – Libby Hellmann fans will be delighted to hear her protagonist Ellie Foreman, Chicago video producer, is back after a ten year hiatus… and soon entangled in a web of espionage, murder and suspicion that threatens to destroy what she holds most dear.

Libby Fischer Hellmann, author of Jump Cut (Poisoned Pen Press), is the author of eleven previous novels, and this is her fifth in the award-winning Ellie Foreman mystery series. Jump Cut touches on many issues of what she calls the “Post-Snowden era” – privacy vs the possible overreach of official surveillance; the “clean war” of drone attacks, and computer hacking.

Hired to produce a candy floss corporate profile, Ellie is dismayed when the project is canceled; her suspicions soar when a contact who might have answers is killed by a subway train before they can talk. In the confusion, she finds a seemingly abandoned pack of cigarettes with a flash drive inside that belonged to the now-dead man. Ellie has the drive’s contents decrypted, but before long she discovers she’s under surveillance.

Ellie and her boyfriend, Luke, try to find answers, but they don’t realize how far they ventured into the dangerous echelons of hidden power… where more lives are on the line, including theirs.

Libby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago 35 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. Twelve novels and twenty short stories later, she claims they’ll take her out of the Windy City feet first. She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery and crime writing community and has even won a few.

With the addition of Jump Cut in 2016, her novels include the now five-volume Ellie Foreman series, which she describes as a cross between “Desperate Housewives” and “24;” the hard-boiled 4-volume Georgia Davis PI series, and three stand-alone historical thrillers that Libby calls her “Revolution Trilogy.” Her short stories have been published in a dozen anthologies, the Saturday Evening Post, and Ed Gorman’s “25 Criminally Good Short Stories” collection.

In 2005 Libby was the national president of Sisters In Crime, a 3500-member organization dedicated to the advancement of female crime fiction authors. She also hosts a monthly radio show called “Second Sunday Crime” on the Authors on the Air internet radio network.

For more information on Libby and her latest book, please visit

Jump Cut
ISBN: 978-1-464205-19-4
Available at your favorite bookseller through Baker &Taylor and Ingram;
buy online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and everywhere

Kirkus Reviews: “After a long hiatus, Hellmann returns to her Chicago-based sleuth with a chilling tale that may be all too close to the truth.”

Publishers Weekly, starred review: “Exceptional… As Hellman’s convincing, conflicted characters face impossible choices, the tension is real and memorable.”

Booklist: “Hellmann’s writing sparkles…plenty of suspense in this richly detailed thriller, but Hellmann’s characteristic wit and warmth are evident, too.”

Gayle Lynds, New York Times best-selling author of The Assassins: “From spies to drones and hackers, Jump Cut is a heart-stopping tale of corporate espionage that will have you snapping on your seatbelt. The tangled web of international intrigue is riveting. Hellman is a renowned master of suspense, and her great talent shows in the story’s many rich characters, the beautifully honed paragraphs, and the sweep of her provocative story. A keeper!”

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