Thursday, April 28, 2011

SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE by Libby Fischer Hellmann



Someone is trying to kill Lila Hilliard. During the Christmas holidays she returns from running errands to find her family home in flames, her father and brother trapped inside. Later, she is attacked by a mysterious man on a motorcycle. . . and the threats don't end there.

As Lila desperately tries to piece together who is after her and why, she uncovers information about her father's past in Chicago during the volatile days of the late 1960s . . . information he never shared with her, but now threatens to destroy her.

Part thriller, part historical novel, and part love story, Hellmann's Set the Night on Fire paints an unforgettable portrait of Chicago during a turbulent time: the riots at the Democratic Convention . . . the struggle for power between the Black Panthers and SDS . . . and a group of young idealists who tried to change the world.

ISBN: 978-0984067664 (hardcover)
978-0984067657 (trade paperback)
Allium Press
December, 2010

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Review Snippets:

“A tremendous thriller, sweeping but intimate, elegiac but urgent, subtle but intense... this story really does set the night on fire."
—Lee Child

"Superior... Passion, pain, and protests emerge in vivid detail."
Chicago Tribune

A top-rate standalone thriller that taps into the antiwar protests of the 1960s and 70s... A jazzy fusion of past and present, Hellman's insightful, politically charged whodunit explores a fascinating period in American history."
Publishers Weekly

"Top Pick! A marvelous novel."
Romantic Times Book Reviews

"Hellmann... clearly has gone to school on—or experienced firsthand—radical Chicago politics during the Vietnam era... the tension will keep you turning the pages."
Jeff Johnson, Chicago Sun-Times

"Haunting... Rarely have history, mystery, and political philosophy blended so beautifully... could easily end up on the required reading list in college-level American History classes."
Betty Webb, Mystery Scene

"Hellmann captures the uncertainty and passion of the time... this is a wonderfully evocative read, for those who were ten, twenty, thirty or forty in 1968. Settle in for a great ride."
Robin Agnew, Aunt Agatha's Bookstore

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