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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: September 2011 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 1/13/2014

    " Finished reading this last week and I don't even remember how it ended... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/9/2014

    " I really thought I'd like this book more, but I didn't. It's well done, no doubt there. Just didn't enjoy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 10/9/2013

    " One hell of a read. I love historical mysteries ( a nod to Troy Soos - get back to Mickey Rawlings) and this one was absolutely pitch perfect. I like the hard boiled detective genre and Max Allan Collins nails it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ed | 9/24/2013

    " A bit old style and hard to get into character, but does reflect the political environment of Chicago today even tho this is an old story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerald Heath | 9/25/2012

    " Chicago at the end of the Hoover era. Historical fiction that features everyone from Al Capone to FDR. It was a much better, and more informative, read than I expected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison Davis | 4/21/2012

    " Wow! What a fun ride. Impeccably researched. Collins expertly blends fiction with the true crimes and characters of 1933 Chicago. I'll definitely be reading more in the Nathan Heller series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 2/15/2012

    " I really loved this book. The combination of fact.and fiction was facsinating. A very well written story. "

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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.