Backlist Spotlight: Set The Night On Fire
I came of age during the Sixties. Fortunately, I remember those years, but I've always been plagued by the times. We were so confident, so sure we were going to change the world. We didn't, of course, but why not? Were we too naïve? Too arrogant? Too stoned? Up against powers so entrenched we didn't realize how strong they were? All of the above? In an effort to explore those questions, and deliver an unputdownable thriller, I wrote Set The Night On Fire.
In it, someone is trying to kill Lila Hilliard. She doesn't know who and she doesn't know why. In her increasingly desperate search to find out, she uncovers information that her parents were not the people she thought they were. The heart of the book goes back to the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago where six young people decide to live together in that oh-so-casual way we had back then. Their stories ultimately reveal their connections to Lila and why someone is stalking her in the present.
Some of the reviews include these:
"A tremendous book - sweeping but intimate, elegiac but urgent, subtle but intense. This story really does set the night on fire."— Lee Child
"A top-rate thriller that taps into the antiwar protests of the 1960s... A jazzy fusion of past and present, Hellman's insightful, politically charged whodunit explores a fascinating period in American history."— Publishers Weekly
"A brilliantly-paced thriller, transitioning seamlessly from modern-day Chicago to the late '60s. First-rate characterization...Best to start early in the day, as it is easy to stay up all night reading it."—Foreword Magazine
"Set the Night on Fire is a compelling story of love, truth and redemption. This will be a break-out novel for this talented writer. Highly recommended.—Sheldon Siegel, NYTImes bestselling author of Perfect Alibi
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