Mark Twain wrote: No brute ever does a cruel thing -- that is the monopoly of those with the moral sense. When a brute inflicts pain he does it innocently; it is not wrong; for him there is no such thing as wrong. And he does not inflict pain for the pleasure of inflicting it -- only man does that.

Book Review


A Picture Of Guilt
by Libby Fischer Hellmann

#2 in Ellie Foreman Mystery

Category:  Mystery

Average Rating:  4.0

The big news story in Chicago is the murder trial of Johnny Santoro, a dock worker whose girlfriend has been killed. Most Chicagoans are betting on a quick guilty verdict, but Ellie Foreman has doubts about his complicity--Santoro is strangely familiar to her. Checking back to the outtakes of a video project in progress while the murder took place, Ellie finds evidence that could save Santoro from a lifetime behind bars. It seems the perfect alibi. But the tape is compromised by strange radio interference and Santoro goes to jail. Almost immediately, Ellie's world begins to shift: a suspicious vehicle follows her, the Chicago mob shows up, and the FBI wants to question her. She doesn't have answers, but she has questions of her own about the radio transmissions. Everything indicates that someone wants something from her, something bigger than the Santoro case. If only she could figure out what it is...

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[2017-09-06 10:29:38]

Rating:  4

This is a well-paced and seriously suspenseful mystery . The plot is somewhat contrived with some highly unlikely actions, mostly involving Ellie finding herself in places and situations that in reality would never occur, but nothing that a little suspension of disbelief doesn't remedy.

The characters are well developed and interesting. Nan McNamara gives them distinct and appropriate voices. It's a good match of narrator with story. I like this series.

NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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