Sunday, December 17, 2017
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What's Libby Fischer Hellmann reading?

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Libby Fischer Hellmann

Hellmann's latest book, Jump Cut, brings back Ellie Foreman, a Chicago-based video producer, after a decadelong hiatus. Ellie might be 10 years older and, perhaps, a bit more cautious; however, this doesn't stop her from getting involved in a bit of espionage. Hellmann, 66, is the author of 13 novels and the former president of Sisters in Crime, a 3,400-member organization created to strengthen the voices of female mystery writers. She has also served as the editor of Chicago Blues, a crime fiction anthology. When it comes to the Windy City, Hellmann describes it as "fertile ground for crime novels. Chicagoans are in love with their bad boys.''

What's on your nightstand?

I'm reading a couple nonfiction books on Bletchley Park for a book I'll be writing soon. I've also got The Killing Forest by Sara Blaedel. She's a Danish crime thriller author. She just started being translated.

It's amazing now, the swath of Danish crime writers.

There are, and there's also a great number of crime TV series that come out of there as well. Scandinavian, also called Nordic, noir has become popular in recent years. It really reached the zenith with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. They just seem to do crime fiction in a more dark, more suspenseful way than many American authors. ... The best thing you can do is give me a Nordic novel. I tend to write on the darker side.

Can you tell me about your Bletchley Park project?

It's going to be an espionage novella about code breakers in England. I visited there a couple years ago, and I've always wanted to write a novella about it, not a novel. I already have a novella about the Manhattan Project in Chicago, and I'd like to package the one on Bletchley Park with it.

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