Libby Fischer Hellmann’s Nightstand
Libby Fischer Hellmann’s first Ellie Foreman thriller in 10 years, Jump Cut, is now available in paperback and e-book editions. Libby is pleased to share the books on her March nightstand with us.
I love to create lists like this, although this time I think I might have gone a little overboard. And these are just the titles on the “A” list. There are others on my shelves singing their siren songs hoping I’ll scoop them up. Also, it’s important to note that what I want to read in March is only a snapshot. What I want to read in May might be altogether different.
With that in mind, here goes.
I’m in the middle of Gayle Lynds’ thriller, The Assassins. I am gobsmacked by how much she knows about espionage tactics, weapons, and the inner workings of our intelligence agencies. This is an author who clearly does her homework. And her writing sings, too. Boy would I love to have been a fly on the wall when she co-authored thrillers with Robert Ludlum.
I also started Thomas Perry’s Dance for the Dead, his second Jane Whitfield, novel. I’ve read him before and he’s always a great read. I stopped Tom’s book to read Gayle’s thriller, but I’ll get back to Jane as soon as I’m done.
Three related non-fiction books are up next: Shadow Government by Tom Engelhardt and Glenn Greenwald; and JFK and the Unspeakable by James W. Douglass. They expand on the theory of the Deep State, which fascinates me and explains so much about American and, perhaps, the entire Western world’s history. I also plan to read Mike Lofgren’s The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government.
Just finished John Grisham’s The Rogue Lawyer. I liked it but adored The Litigators, which to me was Carl Hiassen-light. Also just finished Sara Blaedel’s The Killing Forest, which was the first of her novels I’d read. Dark, brooding, with likeable characters, it won’t be the last.
Currently reading Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes. It’s a series of vignettes by (mostly) African-American teenagers at a Bronx high school who turn to poetry to express their feelings.
The Color of Water by James McBride is waiting for me when I finish Bronx. I cracked it open and read the first chapter. Excellent.
Up very soon will be Advance Reading Copies of No One Knows by JT Ellison and Goodbye To The Dead by Brian Freeman. I’ll be interviewing them both on my monthly radio show, Second Sunday Crime, so I want to be prepared. Plus, they’re both authors I respect and like.
Finally, I have Donald Westlake’s Get Real on my nightstand. My next novel is going to be a caper story (with two women) who are chased or are chasing folks all over the world, so I wanted to read one of the best to get in the mood.
I could go on… but then I’d be cataloging for the next year! Thanks for this opportunity.
Libby Fischer Hellmann’s latest novel is Jump Cut. She left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago 35 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. Thirteen novels and twenty short stories later, she claims they’ll take her out of the Windy City feet first. She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery writing community and has even won a few.
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