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.
©2003 Poisoned Pen Press (P)2016 Libby Fischer Hellmann
Yes! It was interesting, involving, with just the right amount of twists and turns to hold my interest. The story was well-written, and the narration brought it to life.
I really enjoy Ellie interacting with her father.
The scene between Ellie and her daughter at the police station.
This is another look into the life of Ellie Foreman, free-lance documentary producer, and her family, as Ellie once again is pulled, inadvertently, into a series of strange and frightening situations as she attempts to help prove the innocence of a man accused of murder. Her well intentioned involvement repeatedly puts her into danger. While she's busy trying to do the right thing, her 13-year-old daughter is hitting teenaged rebellion, complicating Ellie's life. In the end, Ellie's perseverance and cleverness saves the day and many lives.
This was a very enjoyable listen. Nan McNamara's narration brought all the characters to life. If I have any complaints about her work, it's that while the story takes place in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs, Ms. McNamara isn't from there. At times, she mispronounces street names. She's also not Jewish, and that, at times, shows in her pronunciation of Yiddish words Those are minor complaints.
I really enjoyed listening to this. I have spent much time in the Chicago area and can envision many of the places in which this story takes place. That always helps make it more real.
I enjoyed listening to this book so much that I bought several others by Ms. Hellmann, and I look forward to listening to them in the future.
I received this book as a gift from the author. Her generosity in no way influenced my opinions on this audio book.
This story had me in the first chapter! I had no idea that it would reference my home town of White Sulphur Springs WV and the Greenbrier hotel! And the reference to the New River George River. It was really fun listening to this. The entire story was fun with a great mystery, action and a little love. It was so easy to listen to. But I do think she better get some control over her 13 year old daughter!
I continue to read the Ellie Foreman books wildly out of order, which is hard on any series where there is ongoing character development and relationships change over time. And I continue to enjoy them immensely anyway. In this one Rachel is still only thirteen, Ellie's ex is still operating largely on resentment and entitlement, and she and David are maybe starting to realize that they have to work on their relationship if they want it to last. Mac, her director, has not yet demanded that she promise never to get involved in anything every again.
So when she sees a picture of an accused murderer in the newspaper, and she realizes that as part of a shoot at the harbor she has a picture of him somewhere other than the site of the murder at the time of the murder, none of the "don't get involved" advice has nearly the strength it gets later in the series. I mean, what could go wrong?
She does her civic duty, takes the videotape to the defense attorney (figuring at this point, with the trial about to start, the police won't be interested in new evidence for the defense), and testifies at trial. Unfortunately, the tape has some RF damage that she can't account for, and the prosecutor pretty much takes her apart. They guy is convicted anyway.
Even more unfortunately for Ellie, that's just the beginning. The prosecutor made her look unprofessional, she's now attached to a bit of controversy, and it turns out someone else is much more unhappy about her finding that tape than the prosecutor was. No one wants to hire her right now. Everyone assures her it will pass, but right now she can't get the work she depends on.
When she starts to suspect she's being followed, things start to get scary.
When the murdered woman's best friend tracks her down, claims that she (the friend) is being followed because she knows more than she told at the trial, and is shortly thereafter killed in a car crash, Ellie becomes convinced she needs to solve the crime(s) herself, while those around her, who care about her safety, think it's proof she should have kept her mouth shut, and maybe ought to take a vacation out of town for a while.
But that's not the Ellie we have, or will, come to love. She knows something is wrong, and she needs to set it right. She keeps digging. David is frustrated enough that she's taking risks when all he wants to do is keep her safe. He loves her, he values security, and he wants to keep Ellie safe--how can Ellie possibly find this confining? But it gets worse when her digging connects to a client of his...
It's a satisfyingly complex mystery, and Ellie, David, and even Rachel, at that awkward age of being aa new teen, are all going through some important emotional growth and challenges here.
Very much recommended.
I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, and am reviewing it entirely by my own choice.
It kept me interested and turning the pages all the way through to the very end! It's full of twists and turns and tons of suspense. Looking forward to the next book!
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