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More About This Title A PICTURE OF GUILT


The big news story in Chicago is the murder trial of Johnny Santoro, a dock worker whose girlfriend has been killed. Most Chicagoans are betting on a quick guilty verdict, but Ellie Foreman has doubts about his complicity--Santoro is strangely familiar to her.

Checking back to the outtakes of a video project in progress while the murder took place, Ellie finds evidence that could save Santoro from a lifetime behind bars. It seems the perfect alibi, but the tape is compromised by radio interference and Santoro goes to jail.

Almost immediately, Ellie's world begins to shift: a suspicious vehicle follows her, the Chicago mob shows up, and the FBI wants to question her. She doesn't have answers, but she has questions of her own about the radio transmissions. Everything indicates that someone wants something from her, something bigger than the Santoro case. If only she could figure out what it is...


Libby Fischer Hellmann is the award-winning author of ten crime fiction thrillers, including the Ellie Foreman series and the Georgia Davis PI series. She also authored three stand-alones, including SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE, set in the late Sixties in Chicago, A BITTER VEIL, a literary thriller set in revolutionary Iran, and HAVANA LOST, a three generational saga of the same family set largely in Cuba. She also writes short stories and novellas. SHe lives in Chicago and says they'll take her out of there feet first.


"Smart and exciting... Hellmann knows what people are willing to die for and that knowledge makes her work shine.” --Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune, July, 2003

“Hellmann owes debts to Paretsky and D’Amato, but she’s the brash young thing making this formula new again." --Aunt Agatha's, July, 2003

“Hellmann has surpassed herself. Well-crafted, intense and exciting, right up to the last page…a must read!” --Midwest Book Review, July, 2003

“This sequel to AN EYE FOR MURDER has it all – action, excitement, increasing tension – with the usual family complications... Recommended.

Library Journal

“A tale of darkness and evil in Chicago that keeps you turning the pages… Libby Fischer Hellmann made quite a splash last year with AN EYE FOR MURDER. This year’s A PICTURE OF GUILT proves that she’s here to stay.”