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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (286 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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In the mob-choked Chicago of 1932, private detective Nathan Heller may be willing to risk his life to earn a Depression dollar, but he never sacrifices his sardonic wit. Now, author Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition) reissues the contemporary classic that introduces the wise-cracking Nathan Heller in all his guts and glory.

When Mayor Cermak's Hoodlum Squad brings Heller along on a raid with no instructions but to keep his mouth shut and his gun handy, he becomes an unwitting, unwilling part of a hit on Al Capone's successor, Frank Nitti. As a result, Heller quits the force to become a private eye. His first job: head off a nation-shaking political assassination in Miami Beach. With the Chicago World's Fair as a backdrop, Heller encounters a ragtag array of crooks and clients, including Al Capone, George Raft, Dutch Reagan, and FDR himself.

Rich in riveting plot turns, including a heartbreaking romance, True Detective is one of the most highly entertaining and unlikely coming-of-age stories ever written. That's why mystery fans and critics alike rank this historical thriller at the top of their lists - and why the book swept up a Shamus Award for the best novel from the Private Eye Writers of America.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Al | 2/14/2014

    " This is a solidly researched, well-written, enjoyable story of rough and tumble Chicago in the 1930s, the era of Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and assorted gangsters, politicians, and ancillary types: molls, boxers, pickpockets, and the like. At first I was afraid the author was getting carried away with local color and authenticity, but I finally realized he had it well under control and it ended up perfectly setting the tone for the story. The story, by the way, is not the conventional rising/falling action of the typical detective story, nor does it wallow in sensationalism. For my money, the more realistic treatment is the way to go. It's tightly plotted nonetheless, and the characters are well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ming Siu | 2/8/2014

    " Since it's the first book, it isn't as strong as some of the later volumes in terms of storytelling. But the plot is fast-paced, and the backstory of Heller was well-developed (we only get glimpses in later books). An enjoyable read, with a twist at the end that plays fair. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Metagion | 1/27/2014

    " I really enjoyed the book...Max Collins can write recipes and I'd read them! Plus the way he inserts Nathan Heller in the story is COMPLETELY believable...I LOVE his stuff! High recommend! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Phil | 1/20/2014

    " Mixed feelings about this historical fiction / detective novel. I liked it that it gave you a good feel for the characters and era. The story never really caught me though. "

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