Jump Cut CoverAward Winning author Libby Fischer Hellmann joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, the long anticipated 5th in her Ellie Foreman Mystery series, JUMP CUT.

Show Notes

We discuss Libby’s reasons for bringing Ellie Foreman back after a ten-year hiatus.

The Ellie Foreman series was written in first person, and Libby wanted to move away, so she started a second series, but Ellie was always in her mind, which made it easy to decide to bring her back in JUMP CUT.

As a video producer, Ellie has seen a great deal of change in technology since the last book. We discuss some of those changes, and how they impact Ellie.

We discuss some of the issues raised in JUMP CUT, which include post-Edward Snowden type surveillance, hackers, drones, ex-CIA contractors and other spies who operate in today’s world.

From the Publisher:

LibbyHellmannA-199x300Chicago video producer Ellie Foreman has been absent from thriller author Libby Fischer Hellmann’s repertoire for almost a decade. Now, in Jump Cut, she’s back…and is soon entangled in a web of espionage, murder, and suspicion that threatens to destroy what she holds most dear.

Hired to produce a candy-floss profile of Chicago-based aviation giant Delcroft, Ellie is dismayed when company VP Charlotte Hollander trashes the production and cancels the project. Ellie believes Hollander was spooked by shots of a specific man in the video footage. But when Ellie arranges to meet the man to find out why, he is killed by a subway train before they can talk. In the confusion, she finds a seemingly abandoned pack of cigarettes with a flash drive inside that belonged to the now-dead man.

Ellie gets the drive’s contents decrypted, but before long discovers she’s under surveillance. Suspecting Delcroft and the ambitious Hollander are behind it, she’s unconvinced when Hollander tells her the dead man was a Chinese spy. Ellie and her boyfriend, Luke, try to find answers, but they don’t realize how far they have ventured into the dangerous echelons of hidden power where more lives are on the line―including their own.


Purchase JUMP CUT at Amazon

Author’s Website www.libbyhellmann.com

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