"Short stories are the poetry of prose. They are precise, cut to the bone,
every word a necessity. Not many authors develop that control. Libby
Fischer Hellmann has the hand of a master. Take it from a guy
who knows her well: Libby is a nice girl. But she writes noir with a
savvy edge honed on the hard, dark knowledge of the evil possible
in us all." - William Kent Krueger
While Kent's words are meant to be flattering, I do have to
confess something: I love writing short stories. I often say t
hat a novel is like a marriage, but a short story is an affair: passionate,
all-consuming, wonderful, and brief. So I've written lots of short stories,
and continue to. I've collected fifteen of them in Nice Girl Does
Noir. Volume I includes
five Ellie Foreman and Georgia Davis stories; Volume II has
ten stand-alone stories that span different territories,
characters, and times. You'll find them all here.
And if you'd like to know why I think writing short stories
are critically important for a writer's career, take a look at this article.
"I don't usually like short stories, but these are terrific!
I roared through them. Hellmann had a good mix of Chicago
historicals and contemporaries. My highest recommendation here."
- Molly Weston, Meritorious Mysteries
"When Hellmann explores the less sunlit areas of Chicago,
her canvas becomes not only more universal but has greater
depth and emotional value. Aspiring short-story writers
would do well to pay attention."
- Naomi Johnson, The Drowning Machine