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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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