A prequel to Libby Fischer Hellman's Georgia Davis PI series.
There's an inventive killer at large in Chicago in this dark thriller and police procedural from best-selling crime writer Libby Fischer Hellmann.
When three bodies turn up in rapid succession, all in landfills or waste disposal dumpsters, rookie cop Georgia Davis is drawn into the investigation. Teaming up with her detective boyfriend Matt and his friend, Detective Sergeant John Stone, Georgia must work out who's responsible for the killings, but there's little evidence to go on. The case also tests the strength of Georgia's relationship with Matt - complicating the situation is the daughter of a real estate mogul, who also happens to have her eye on Matt.
Who's behind these gruesome killings in this normally quiet neighborhood? Why are children developing cancer? And will Georgia's relationship withstand the demands of this particularly complex investigation?
Find out in ToxiCity.
N.B. The audio issues cited in one of the reviews below have been corrected. Happy Listening, Libby Hellmann and Beth Richmond.
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I was given this audio book for an unbiased review. Libby Fischer Hellman is a new author on my shelves after listening to TOXICITY.
I developed a love/hate relationship with the characters. Realistic crime scenes, murder, love - all the ingredients needed for a good read- and an unexpected twist that makes you take a deep breath and cringe.
This book was very interesting, fast paced, and kept me guessing at every turn.
The story line has it all: Crime, Suspense, with a side of Romance.
Georgia, the female lead, is a police officer and she is investigating a murder along with her boyfriend and detective, Matt .
The characters are well developed, the plot intriguing, and a killer that has a knack for evading the police.
I don't want to give too much away but this is definitely a Good Weekend Read.
Robin Rowan did well with the narration.
"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."
I have mixed feelings about this audio book, sadly. As always with Ms.Hellman's stories, this was exciting, well written with rounded, three dimensional characters, the plot was good, the ending sensational and the back story very believable. But this is insufficient for audio _ so much also depends on the narration.
Toxicity has two narrators, one to tell the ongoing (present) story, the other to read the chapters relating to past events. A clever idea which could have been quite effective had the contrast in the two voices not been so extreme. The present narrative was performed by Derek Shetterly, whose performance was clear, paced perfectly and with distinctive and convincing conversational voices for the protagonists. He was a pleasure to hear. The alternate narrator, Beth Richmond, however, read much more slowly, and appeared even more sluggish when interspersed with Shettlerly's chapters. Turning up the speed to 1.5 for these sections helped a little but could not also eradicate the irritating cadences of her voice nor the strident quality of her voice. The unfortunate result was that I found myself mentally switching off during her reading sessions, thus missing possibly crucial elements of the story.
However, and despite the very occasional editting glitch (where a sentence is started, stops, then stars again, as in in chapter 42), Toxicity is still well worth the listen for the excellence of this thriller.
My thanks to the author for the gift of this book.
ToxiCity was an engaging mystery with twists and turns and surprises. I enjoyed the ride.
The performance was by two narrators. Beth Richmond performed the female points of view. Her performance was solid by I found it lacking something. Flavor or edge but still kept the story engaged.
Derek Shetterly's performance was with the male narrative and characters.
This was gift and I gave an unbiased review.
great plot with more twists and turns than a roller coaster.. expertly written with exquisite narratio.. A kick ass female Chicago police officer investigating a death of a young woman and uncovering a deep conspiracy of power and greed.. ending up getting suspended from the forse Georgia turns to private investigation .
I have read several other books in this series and loved each and every one of them. This book did not fail to impress me, I enjoyed it very much. The writing was excellent as allways and I am definitely a fan of dual narration. Seeing a portion of Georgia and Matt's history together was a definite plus. I recommend this book to any one who enjoys reading.
I received this book at no cost to me for an honest review
"It is the business of the times to change...and the business of gentlemen to change with them." ~Amor Towles in "Rules of Civility"
Kellerman made this installment a total win. I jumped in midstream with this series and felt no need to backstroke. The third-person story stands convincingly upright all by itself, with multiple points of view and differing perspectives in time. Warning though, if you like tight writing with a nice blend of police procedural and office politics; complex interrelationships and complicated personalities; all kinds of social issues; and solid momentum and grit, you will be tempted to take in the entire series from book one.
In this installment, something rather profound happens. As the narrative cuts through wave after wave of plot entanglements and tension, our main character, Georgia, slowly squats into a critical back seat. The deeper Georgia slips into the backdrop, the more she becomes an intricate part of the story and the grittier the theme. With this move, Kellerman masterfully shifts realities and perspectives so that they spin around Georgia without her being the center of attention.
Kellerman juxtaposes a myriad of character arcs, fast-pace investigation activity, and controversy in a way that makes this ramped up semidocumentary noir detective story pump like a heartbeat with credibility, and suck-you-in interest, and she does so without cluttering it with the kind of "extra" that can make a story hard to keep up with. Best yet, Kellerman does not leave you with the aftertaste you get when someone has jammed their opinion down your throat. This telling wiggles in plenty of room for the opinions of readers/listeners to breathe comfortably on their own.
Narrator Beth Richmond and Derek Shetterly performed well, nailing both male and female characters. Audible should consider an option of rating narrators separately or adding a new category for editor. Shetterly repeated whole lines in multiple places (editing issues, I’m sure), and worse, at Chapter 51 (the Audible rubric reads “Chapter 53”) where Shetterly again repeats a line, there is a terrible, almost disgusting clearing of the throat that “clearly” is not a part of the storyline or the author’s intent.
I was gifted with this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. Thanks AudioBook Boom!
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