Set the Night on Fire

  • by Libby Fischer Hellmann
  • Narrated by Diane Piron Gelman
  • 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.
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 was named a finalist in Foreword Magazine's 2010 Book of the Year in Mystery/Suspense.


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Excellent Mystery / Thriller

"Set the Night on Fire" will have special meaning to anyone who came of age in 1960s America. For me, it brought back some fond memories, some embarrassment, and some pride. Ms Hellmann has accurately captured the spirit and idealism of those times. With perfect hindsight, we can now see the rightness of our anti-war activism, and the wrongness of some of our methods. Against the backdrop of this activism, "Set the Night on Fire" (the title refers to the Doors' famous song) tells the story of what some of these 1960s youngsters did to voice their opposition to the Vietnam war, and the repercussions of their actions some forty years later. The text refers frequently to the Celtic Knot, which illustrates the interconnectedness of all things in time and space. What we did back then has a lot to do with what is happening now; and what I do now will have unforeseen consequences for someone that I may not even know. In "Set the Night on Fire," the decisions of '60s activists has unintended consequences for their adult children, one of whom must piece together long-buried evidence to save her own life. Ms Hellmann has skillfully crafted an intricate knot, in which many strands come together to solve the mystery, yielding a satisfying denouement. The narrator, Diane Pirone Gelman, has a lovely voice, and does an adequate job of reading this audiobook, but lacks the repertoire of voices and accents to warrant five stars. I recommend "Set the Night on Fire" to all mystery-lovers, especially those who lived through the amazing 1960s. I will certainly be listening to more of Ms Hellmann's audiobooks.
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- Snoodely

Fantastic Audiobook!

Audiobook review: "Set the Night on Fire" was so addictive that I found excuses to listen! Not only was the story well written, but being a child of the 60s, I found I had a special affinity for the historical aspects of the book. Ms. Hellmann's masterful writing made me care about the characters and I felt like I knew them. She flawlessly drew me from the past to the present, time and again and tied these two storylines together in such a way that I could relate to both. In addition, every time I thought I had things figured out, there was a twist that added another layer and another level to the intrigue. The narration was great. Ms. Gelman was easy to listen to and played a significant part in drawing me into the book and keeping me there. Thank you both for a wonderful time!!
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- Jeannine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-28-2013
  • Publisher: The Red Herrings Press