A prequel to Libby Fischer Hellman's Georgia Davis PI series.
There's an inventive killer at large in Chicago in this dark thriller and police procedural from best-selling crime writer Libby Fischer Hellmann.
When three bodies turn up in rapid succession, all in landfills or waste disposal dumpsters, rookie cop Georgia Davis is drawn into the investigation. Teaming up with her detective boyfriend Matt and his friend, Detective Sergeant John Stone, Georgia must work out who's responsible for the killings, but there's little evidence to go on. The case also tests the strength of Georgia's relationship with Matt - complicating the situation is the daughter of a real estate mogul, who also happens to have her eye on Matt.
Who's behind these gruesome killings in this normally quiet neighborhood? Why are children developing cancer? And will Georgia's relationship withstand the demands of this particularly complex investigation?
Find out in ToxiCity.
N.B. The audio issues cited in one of the reviews below have been corrected. Happy Listening, Libby Hellmann and Beth Richmond.
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I have mixed feelings about this audio book, sadly. As always with Ms.Hellman's stories, this was exciting, well written with rounded, three dimensional characters, the plot was good, the ending sensational and the back story very believable. But this is insufficient for audio _ so much also depends on the narration.
Toxicity has two narrators, one to tell the ongoing (present) story, the other to read the chapters relating to past events. A clever idea which could have been quite effective had the contrast in the two voices not been so extreme. The present narrative was performed by Derek Shetterly, whose performance was clear, paced perfectly and with distinctive and convincing conversational voices for the protagonists. He was a pleasure to hear. The alternate narrator, Beth Richmond, however, read much more slowly, and appeared even more sluggish when interspersed with Shettlerly's chapters. Turning up the speed to 1.5 for these sections helped a little but could not also eradicate the irritating cadences of her voice nor the strident quality of her voice. The unfortunate result was that I found myself mentally switching off during her reading sessions, thus missing possibly crucial elements of the story.
However, and despite the very occasional editting glitch (where a sentence is started, stops, then stars again, as in in chapter 42), Toxicity is still well worth the listen for the excellence of this thriller.
My thanks to the author for the gift of this book.
- Norma Miles
- Daniel N. Wallace