An old man dies alone in a boarding house in Chicago. A scrap of paper is discovered in his coat pocket with the name Ellie Foreman scribbled on it, along with a telephone number. The landlady who found him contacts Ellie, telling her about the note and asking how she is related to Ben Sinclair. Ellie, a documentary filmmaker, is baffled. She doesn’t recognize his name. She goes to the dead man’s apartment to try to find out what connection she could possibly have to the elderly man. Her search for answers only leads to more questions as she realizes that Ben was not who he had pretended to be. An old photograph, an unusual lighter, and a locked box seem to point to a mysterious past. But mystery gives way to terror when the landlady is killed and the young boy who taught the old man how to use the Internet to track Ellie is viciously attacked. Ellie finds herself thrown into the past as she is confronted with long-buried skeletons as well as current secrets that someone will kill to protect.
Libby Fischer Hellmann is the Anthony-nominated author of 9 crime fiction novels, including the almost-cozy Ellie Foreman suspense/amateur sleuth series. The Ellie books, which Libby describes as a cross between “Desperate Housewives” and “24,” include AN EYE FOR MURDER, A PICTURE OF GUILT, AN IMAGE OF DEATH, and A SHOT TO DIE FOR. Libby also writes the harder edged Georgia Davis PI series, (EASY INNOCENCE, DOUBLEBACK, and TOXICITY) and the acclaimed stand-alone thriller SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE. All her books, including short stories, are available on Kindle. She has lived in the Chicago area over 30 years. More at her website: libbyhellmann.com
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