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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).


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:


"Georgia Davis PI series (Easy Innocence and Doubleback ), and anybody that loves police procedurals written tautly, with grit and a healthy dose of noir will love this one...her Georgia Davis series may just be one of the best crime thriller series being written today."
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

'Lovers of Hellmann's novel, 'Easy Innocence', will enjoy learning how heroine Georgia Davis survived her Chicago cop rookiehood.'
Chicago Tribune

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

TOXICITY was honored with the Lovey Award for Best Suspense Novel-- 2011 at the Love is Murder Conference in February, 2012.