Set the Night on Fire
Genre: Thriller
Publication Year: 2010
Length: 364 p.
ASIN: 0984067655
ISBN: 9780984067657

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, 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.

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Praise for Set the Night on Fire

“Taking a retro break from [her] series, Hellman delivers 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

“A brilliantly-paced historical thriller that spans a generation, transitioning seamlessly from modern-day Chicago to the ‘days of rage’ in the late 1960s and even farther back . . . This is one of those stories that is best to start early in the day, as it is easy to stay up all night reading it.” —Lawrence Kane, ForeWord Reviews

“This wonderfully written roller-coaster ride will make a fan out of anyone who hasn’t read this author before. And if you’ve always wanted an inside look into the 60’s generation, Hellmann excels at providing a sensitive, yet realistic, look at this turbulent time. With compassion, reflection, and just enough objectivity, she adeptly balances the idealism of the era with how it sometimes got it all wrong despite the best intentions. This novel, as far as I’m concerned, is the best mystery to date in its treatment of that gone-by era that is far from forgotten.  A beautiful, suspenseful, and altogether amazing novel, this is one that shouldn’t be missed.” — Stephanie Padilla, New Mystery Reader


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FICTION / Thrillers ♦ 6″ x 9″ ♦ 364 pages

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About the Author
Libby Fischer Hellmann

Libby Fischer Hellmann is the award-winning author of the Ellie Foreman and Georgia Davis mystery series; Nice Girl Does Noir, a two volume short story collection; and the stand-alone novels, Set the Night on Fire and A Bitter Veil. She also edited the highly praised crime fiction anthology, Chicago Blues. She has lived in the Chicago area over thirty years.

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