Created by Libby Fischer Hellmann
Flawed and occasionally prickly Chicago cop GEORGIA DAVIS was a memorable supporting character in Hellmann's Ellie Foreman amateur sleuth series, but she really comes into her own as a private eye (and Hellman ups the ante considerably) in 2008's Easy Innocence, investigating the baseball bat murder of a popular student attending a snooty preppy high school on Chicago's North Shore. A local sex offender who's not quite all there stands accused, and it looks like a slam-dunk, until the suspect's protective sister asks Davis to investigate.
Then all hell breaks loose. Fortunately, Davis's savvy blend of compassion and gritted-teeth sense of justice is more than up to the task -- and bodes well for a sequel. Warshawski better watch her back.
Since her auspicious debut, Georgia has returned twice, first in Doubleback (2009), where she teams up with Ellie to solve a bizarre case involving a kidnapped child, illegal immigrants, drugs, and an independent security firm and several million dollars that may -- or may not have gone missing, and then in ToxiCity (2011), a sort of prequel that follows Georgia when she was still a cop.
Besides the Ellie Forman series, she's the editor of the recent Chicago Blues anthology.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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