Authors Discussion & Signing with Bill Rapp & Libby Fischer Hellmann

Come to Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore for Bill Rapp's 4th visit and Libby Fischer Hellmann's latest of many visits. Tears of Innocence is Bill's fifth book. All his books are "stand alones", sothere is no concern about which one you start with, so try one of the earlier books first, but it's not necessary. Based on Bill's own experience working for the federal government the stories, although fiction, they are authentic. The same goes for his discussion. The Incidental Spy is a page-turner. Viewing the situations of the time period with what would become the Manhattan Project through Lena’s eyes makes the reader contemplate what their choice would be in the same situation. Unfortunately, Lena has no choices, forcing her to become a pawn in a dangerous game – becoming a spy. The story is short but superbly developed into a logically thrilling story with well-developed characters that seem too human many times.

{Catriona McPherson's publisher has cancelled her Midwest Tour for budgetery reasons --- Centuries & Sleuths is both sorry and disappointed to give you this news.}

{Although, as previously noted we were very disapponted by Ms. Catriona McPherson's publisher's decision, we are delighted to let you know local Chicago author, Libby Fischer Hellmann has stepped into the breach. The title of Ms. Hellmann's latest novella is The Incidental Spy which ties in quite well with the subjects of Mr. Rapp's novels. Thanks Libby!} for this day. Also what is so apropriate is the title & subjext of Ms. Hellmann's lates novella, The Incendental Spy which ties in nicely with Mr. Rapp's books subject.

Tears of Innocence

"In the autumn of 1945 Karl Baier a young American military officer arrives in a devastated Berlin the once mighty capital of the Third Reich. His assignment: to hunt down debrief and in some cases resettle German scientists who helped build the German war machine.

He is not alone however as America's allies during the war have become competitors in the search for Germany's scientific and industrial elite. Baier soon finds himself romantically involved with a local woman whose husband disappeared on the eastern front a woman whose husband shares Baier's name. The young American agrees to help find news of her husband's fate which she uses to draw him into a story of deceit romance and missing treasure. Soon Baier becomes the hunted as much as the hunter. Baier's quest takes him from the ruins of Berlin to Greece Bavaria and Lisbon the heart of European espionage and main escape route during the war as he searches for answers to a mystery that stretches back into the German occupation the chaotic final days of the war and into an uncertain future. Baier will have to learn who his true friends are whom he can trust and whether it is safe to love a woman whose history he can only begin to understand.

Tears of Innocence is a fast-paced thriller set in a time when Karl Baier and his country must face up to the challenges of their new role in an uncertain postwar world. 

About the Author

Bill Rapp began his professional life as an academic, teaching European History at Iowa State University. A graduate of Notre Dame (B.A.), The University of Toronto (M.A.) and Vanderbilt (Ph. D.), Rapp was intrigued by German history. He has spent the last 25 years working for the U. S. Government, primarily as an intelligence analyst for the C.I.A. His work has taken him around the world, including to Berlin as the wall fell and Germany was reunified. Mr. Rapp's other books include the mystery novels Dark Angel and A Pale Rain, both SterlingHouse titles.


The Incidental Spy

Often, it’s not the person who chooses the profession, but the profession that chooses the person.

Lena became a spy because of who she was, who she knew and how she could be controlled. Lena was forced to be a spy. She felt that she had no choices.

Being a Jew has frequently been dangerous throughout history in many places in Europe, especially prior to World War II. For Lena, her life is no different than many at the time, only much more complicated.

Lena is in love with her childhood sweetheart, who is also Jewish, but Josef just doesn’t look Jewish but Scandinavian. The two know that their souls are destined to be together and truly believe that somehow, they will be together. Their intention is to marry, but the threat of the Nazis throughout Europe forces their families to move.

Lena is fortunate. Her family sends her to an aunt living in the Chicago area. She expects her family to join her eventually as well as Josef. However, the Nazi movement overtook the people of the neighboring countries faster than expected. Lena had to learn to connect with her family and friends through the infrequent letters. Sometime she feels guilty leaving her loved ones behind.

Lena’s aunt arranges to have her educated in English and even assists her in a job at a local university as secretary to the physics department. Her aunt knows that Lena needs to be busy and to develop a new life in her new country.

Lena’s new life changes everything, including marrying another man and having his child. She is happily adjusted to her new life when her husband is killed. Suddenly being a single parent supporting a child makes life difficult. She just doesn’t realize how difficult and complicated life will become. Can Lena be forced to become someone that she does not choose to become?


About the Author                                                                                                 

Best-selling crime fiction author Libby Fischer Hellmann claims she's "writing her way around the genre." With eleven novels and twenty short stories published, she has written thrillers, suspense mysteries, historicals, PI novels, amateur sleuth, police procedurals, and even a cozy mystery. She has been nominated for the Anthony (twice) the Agatha, Foreword Reviews “Thriller of the Year" (twice) and has won the Lovey multiple times. She lives in Chicago and claims they’ll take her out of there feet first.




Event date: 

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Event address: 

7419 W. Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130
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