War Secrets

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War Secrets” was accepted into THE MYSTERY BOX, an anthology published in 2013 by MWA (Mystery Writers of America) and edited by Brad Meltzer. In this story, I explain the “loose thread” I purposely left at the end of my thriller A BITTER VEIL: namely, how did Anna Schroder’s father, a scientist and former member of the Nazi party, form a relationship with a Kurdish Jew? Of course, the story stands on its own as the premise of the anthology is “Secrets”—secrets that can  significantly impact individuals, families, communities, even entire cultures. Plus, the setting is one of my favorites: Pre-war Nazi Germany, where the extreme conflict of “going along to get along” produced both heroes and cowards. You will meet both in “War Secrets.”

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There’s nothing more mysterious than a locked box. Whether it’s a literal strongbox, an empty coffin, the inner workings of a scientist’s mind, or an underground prison cell, there are those who will use any means necessary to unlock the secrets of…THE MYSTERY BOX

  • About Libby

    Compulsively Readable ThrillersLibby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago 35 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. Fifteen novels and twenty-five short stories later, she claims they’ll take her out of the Windy City feet first.

    She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery and crime writing community and has even won a few.