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Download Chicago Lightning: The Collected Nathan Heller Short Stories Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (89 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Max Allan Collins Narrator: Dan John Miller Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN:
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Tough, cynical, and clever, Nathan Heller has been called the perfect private eye, the best investigator that Chicago (where lightning means gunfire) has to offer. Created by New York Times best-selling novelist and Road to Perdition creator Max Allan Collins, the classic PI comes vibrantly to life in this collection of 13 stories, all based on real cases of the 1930s and '40s.

In The Blonde Tigress, Heller encounters a vicious hold-up crew with a brutal female leader, while in Scrap he investigates a union shooting that has national implications. In The Perfect Crime he goes Hollywood to protect the lovely Thelma Todd, with tragic results. The private eye finds himself tangling with notorious mobster Mickey Cohen in a Shoot-out On Sunset and with Al Capone's successor, Frank Nitti, in Screwball. Heller's friendship with Eliot Ness finds the two men working together in both The Strawberry Teardrop, in which Heller encounters America's first serial killer, and Natural Death, Inc.

Heller tackles each case with his trademark cynicism and humor, digging into the grimy underbelly of 20th-century America to uncover the truth at any cost.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ming Siu | 11/10/2013

    " Nate Heller's pretty entertaining in small doses too, but of course the cases have none of the complexity of the novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 9/26/2013

    " Meh. I liked that the stories were based on real crimes but I'm not a big fan of the Chicago Mob era. The book read like an old black and white gangster movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 7/1/2013

    " I love reading these short stories that fill-in-the-blanks between Collins' Heller novels. Heller is Collins most enduring and endearing character and these round out the canon quite nicely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronald Ball | 11/5/2012

    " The stories were all set in the 30s, 40s, and 50s and based on real stories. I have always enjoyed old detective stories such as written by Dashiell Hammett. The short stories were just right for reading on my commute home on the train. Very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kgwhitehurst | 9/18/2012

    " Like most anthologies, it is uneven; in the case, uneven means mostly great, with only a couple mere good. Most poignant is "Kaddish for the Kid". I particularly enjoyed the development of Nate Heller as a PI; that was excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosie Crawford | 9/1/2012

    " Nicely woven fiction into historic detective stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nev Thomas | 7/25/2012

    " Good short stories of tough guy private eye of the 30's "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michel Brooks | 7/21/2012

    " Good set of short stories. Historical fiction is the best way to describe set back in the 1930's and 1940's. Good author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 5/27/2012

    " A great collection of short stories written from the perspective of Nathan Heller, Private Investigator in 1930's Chicago. I loved the style of writing and the short stories, while separate, did fit together to make this wonderful book. "

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About the Author
Author Max Allan Collins

Max Allan Collins is the recipient of a 2017 Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award. He has earned fifteen Shamus nominations from Private Eye Writers of America, winning twice for his Nathan Heller novels True Detective and Stolen Away. His graphic novel Road to Perdition was the basis of the Academy Award–winning film of the same name starring Tom Hanks, and his CSI books frequently appeared on the USA Today and New York Times bestsellers list.

About the Narrator

Dan John Miller is an American actor and musician. In the Oscar-winning Walk the Line, he starred as Johnny Cash’s guitarist and best friend, Luther Perkins, and has also appeared in George Clooney’s Leatherheads and My One and Only, with Renée Zellweger. An award-winning audiobook narrator, he has garnered multiple Audie Award nominations, has twice been named a Best Voice by AudioFile magazine, and has received eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and a Listen-Up Award from Publishers Weekly.