Set The Night On Fire Pdf Summary Reviews By Libby Fischer Hellmann

Set The Night On Fire Pdf is a Historical Fiction Mystery Thriller novel By Libby Fischer Hellmann. Part thriller, part historical novel, and part love story, 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.

Set The Night On Fire Summary

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.

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About Libby Fischer Hellmann Author of Set The Night On Fire Pdf Book

Libby Fischer Hellmann
Libby Fischer Hellmann

Libby Fischer Hellmann Author of Set The Night On Fire Pdf is a critically acclaimed crime writer loved by readers the world over for her compulsively readable thrillers and strong female characters. Her fast-paced crime fiction spans 17 novels and 25 short stories. She also writes historical fiction stand-alones and edited the evergreen crime fiction anthology CHICAGO BLUES. DOUBLEBLIND, her newest PI Georgia Davis thriller, #6 in the series, was released in March, 2022.

With critics describing her work as “masterful” and “meticulously researched”, Libby’s richly varied novels have won numerous awards. In 2005-2006 she was the National President of Sisters in Crime, a 4,000+ member organization dedicated to strengthening the voice of female mystery writers.

Libby started out in broadcast news, beginning her career as an assistant film editor for NBC News in New York before moving to DC to work with Robin MacNeil and Jim Lehrer at N-PACT, the public affairs production arm of PBS. Retrained as an assistant director when Watergate broke, Libby helped produce PBS’s night-time broadcast of the hearings. She moved to Chicago to work for public relations firm Burson-Marsteller in Chicago in 1978, where she stayed until she left to create Fischer Hellmann Communications in 1985.

Originally from Washington, DC—where, she says, “When you’re sitting around the dinner table gossiping about the neighbors, you’re talking politics”—Libby earned a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania, and then a Masters Degree in Film Production from New York University. She’s lived in Chicago over forty years now, has two kids and a cat.

And if you’ve read this far, you deserve a prize! When you sign up for her newsletter, you’ll receive 7 free short stories, including the prequel to the Ellie Foreman series, which is the prequel to the Georgia Davis series, which will be the prequel… to who knows what? Her monthly newsletter will also keep you up to date on her news, views, and the occasional rant.

Set The Night On Fire pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information

Set The Night On Fire Pdf
Set The Night On Fire Pdf
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Allium Press (November 1, 2010)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 364 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0984067655
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0984067657
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.17 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.81 x 9 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #4,864,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • #17,567 in Historical Thrillers (Books)
  • #27,398 in Historical Mystery
  • Customer Reviews: 4.2 out of 5 stars    93 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Chicago in 1968…and forty years later
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 7, 2011

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It’s the year 1968. The United States of America. Civil Rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. has been assassinated in April in Memphis. U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy has been killed in June in Los Angeles. And in August the Chicago Seven have been arrested for conspiracy to incite a riot at the Democratic National Convention.

Libby Fischer Hellmann sets her genre-defying novel in the Chicago of 1968…and forty years later. The novel is a historical thriller, a “politically-charged whodunit,” a hippie love story and/or a fictional classic about the anti-war protestors of The Sixties. Her characters are six college drop-outs: Dar, Casey, Alix, Rain, Payton and Teddie. Gar is the leader of the group. He’s the son of a blue-collar auto worker and a Michigan MOBE – Mobilization to End the War. He has helped organize busloads of students to drive from Ann Arbor to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago to protest the war in Vietnam.

Hellmann begins her novel, Part One: The Present, with co-narrators. Lila Hilliard is in Chicago to celebrate the Christmas holiday with her father, Casey, and her twin brother. Dar Gartner is in Chicago having been released from prison after forty years of incarceration. Lila has been shopping for tree lights and returns to find her father and brother have perished in a devastating house fire. Dar attempts to call old friends and finds himself on the run.

Part Two: 1968-70 introduces Gar’s friends who stayed around Chicago after the riots. Alix, the daughter of a wealthy department store owner. Rain, with her round glasses, platinum hair and enthusiasm. Casey and Teddie, who were students at Michigan with Gar. Payton, who spouts propaganda with every breath, from a campus in Iowa. We visit Chicago sights – The Coliseum, Grant Park, the Maxwell Street markets, the commune in Old Town. We hear of a department store bombing. A member of the commune is killed.

Part Three: The Present redeems the past and solves the mysteries. Lila learns about her mother. Dar finds answers to unresolved questions.And we the readers discover or relive this fascinating part of American history.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Complex and Thought Provoking
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 1, 2011

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Libby Fischer Hellmann’s “Set the Night on Fire” is a complex, and thought provoking thriller that moves effortlessly between modern day Chicago and the turbulent Chicago of the late 60s. The book is particularly compelling in the way it uses the late 60s as a lens to view events today and visa versa. The characters are complex and very human, and the different choices and compromises that they make as the “movement” splinters and falls apart are for me the heart of the book. Any novel set amidst the radical politics of the time risks becoming a polemic, but this book is anything but. Right and wrong are not absolutes, and ultimately the important decisions that the characters make are personal rather than political. The pace of the book is fast and the suspense is character driven rather than built on plot gimmicks. Highly recommended.

James A. Anderson

5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Trip Back to the 60s
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 25, 2011

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Wow! What a great read.

Libby Fischer Hellmann’s Set the Night on Fire is an interesting thriller and historical look back to the Summer of Rage in 1960s Chicago. Very authentic feel and trip down memory lane to the music of the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, the Doors and the anti-Vietnam war protests. I knew some of these characters in my university days(though none that set off any bombs). I highly recommend this book to anyone, but it will be especially meaningful to Baby Boomers.

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