Overview - Chicago 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 to find herself entangled in a web of espionage, murder, and suspicion that threatens to destroy what she holds most dear. Read more...
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Chicago 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 to find herself 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. When Ellie s daughter is kidnapped and Charlotte Hollander disappears, it becomes terrifyingly clear that Ellie is in way over her head, and more lives are on the line including her own."
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Hellman’s exceptional fifth Ellie Foreman mystery (after 2005’s A Shot to Die For) offers no easy solutions to the various security threats America faces today. Ellie, a video producer based in Chicago, is dismayed when the PR video she was working on for Delcroft is canceled by the aircraft company’s director of engineering. In an effort to understand what happened, Ellie slides into a deadly tangle of high-tech espionage and soon finds herself in possession of a murdered man’s encrypted flash drive, which is feverishly sought by everyone from Warren Stokes, Delcroft’s unscrupulous security chief, to a forlorn representative of the Uighurs, a persecuted Muslim minority in China. Though she hates the immorality all sides display, Ellie eventually just decides to give the drive to the least despicable player—until Stokes kidnaps her daughter and fits the girl with a suicide vest. As Hellman’s convincing, conflicted characters face impossible choices, the tension is real and memorable. (Mar.)