It started with just a stuck elevator, and a missing little girl. But, if the little girl hadn't mysteriously returned, and a woman hadn't been traumatized by the elevator problem, Georgia Davis might never have become involved in a complicated case that took her from Chicago to Wisconsin, and then to Arizona. Libby Fischer Hellmann's Doubleback is a troubling case for her PI, and her friend, Ellie Foreman.
In fact, it's Ellie, a video producer who calls Georgia Davis, a former police officer turned PI, when Christina Messenger's daughter is kidnapped. Ellie likes Christina, but Georgia doesn't trust her. And, when the little girl shows up, Georgia thinks something is really strange. But, Georgia agrees to investigate when Christina calls again, if only for the sake of that little girl, Molly. And, that's when everything starts to fall apart.
Christina works in IT at a bank, and suspects something is strange when her boss dies in a car "accident." She only has time to tell Georgia that she made a mistake before she herself dies as well. Christina's ex-husband offers Davis the case, since he's afraid his ex-wife may have been over her head, and Molly still might be in danger. Georgia, whose mother walked out on her when she was young, is drawn to vulnerable kids, especially girls, so she agrees to take a case that will lead her into danger.
Davis' case leads from the bank to Delton Security, a company similar to Blackwater, and then to Arizona. It's a story of mercenaries, greed, illegal aliens, drugs, and drug cartels, so, of course it involves an Arizona border town. Georgia flew into Tucson, driving past Tombstone, Bisbee, and Douglas, on her way to the border. And, a reporter gives her a warning that sums up the entire book. "Despite the appearance of civilization, this is still the Wild West. People like to take the law into their own hands." It's the story of Georgia Davis' entire investigation, a complex story that will keep the reader guessing until the end. It's the story of people who take the law into their own hands, whether it's in Chicago, Wisconsin, or Arizona. And, readers will discover it's the story of Georgia Davis, a complex woman, who is out on her own, in a frightening story, in Doubleback.
Libby Fischer Hellmann's website is www.libbyhellmann.com
Doubleback by Libby Fischer Hellmann. Bleak House, ©2009. ISBN 9781606480526 (hardcover), 344p.
***FTC Full Disclosure - My copy of Doubleback was a review copy, sent to me by the author, after Libby agreed to appear at the library as part of the Authors @ The Teague series.