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Max Allan Collins , Simon Vance
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11 Dec 2012

How the Hindenburg went from luxury airship to gargantuan fireball wasn’t the only mystery surrounding the zeppelin’s fatal flight. First came the murder.

When a passenger vanishes during the Hindenburg’s trans-Atlantic voyage from Frankfurt to New Jersey, mystery writer Leslie Charteris is asked to use his knowledge of the criminal mind to quietly pinpoint the killer. Charteris is famous for his fictional detective, the Saint, who extracts riches as well as vengeance from evildoers in true Robin Hood fashion. But in this case, the villain turns out to be the murder victim himself—a Nazi spy. And the list of passengers who might want him dead is long. Suspecting that sabotaging the German airship is the killer’s true aim, Charteris must solve the murder before innocent lives are engulfed in flames.

Reconstructing the zeppelin’s fatal flight on the eve of World War II, The Hindenburg Murders proves that Max Allan Collins is the master of hard-boiled historical fiction.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (11 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469247623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469247625
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 10.9 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,579,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Max Allan Collins is the New York Times best-selling author of Road to Perdition and multiple award-winning novels, screenplays, comic books, comic strips, trading cards, short stories, movie novelizations, and historical fiction. He has scripted the Dick Tracycomic strip, Batman comic books, and written tie-in novels based on the CSI, Bones, and Dark Angel TV series; collaborated with legendary mystery author Mickey Spillane; and authored numerous mystery series including Quarry, Nolan, Mallory, Eliot Ness, and the bestselling Nathan Heller historical thrillers. His additional Disaster series mystery novels include The Titanic Murders, The Lusitania Murders, The London Blitz Murders, The War of the Worlds Murder, and The Pearl Harbor Murders. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Story 27 Jan 2013
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The author has written another in the hybrid history and fiction genre. This involves the last and fatal flight of the zeppelin Hindenburg. Leaving Frankfurt, Germany, voyaging to New Jersey, America, this 1937 event is entwined with a murder mystery involving one of the 36 passengers, dapper Leslie Charteris. The celebrated author of the 'Saint' series featuring Simon Templar, actually travelled on the airship's maiden voyage, not this one, fortunately. This stiffens the historical bent of the book as does the author's depiction of the Nazi pre-WW2 scenario. The SS are well-represented on board and one officer thought to be an informer mysteriously disappears. Charteris is asked by the Germans to help find the culprit. The added conviction that a bomb is planted on the ship adds to the tension and with time ticking away, it must be found. Questioning those on board reveals information that contains surprising facts to Charteris, not all genial.

There are some twists and turns in the plot of this fun and easy read. I couldn't help reading the Leslie Charteris narrative as if George Sanders (the best Saint,in my opinion) was speaking it. Light and well-written.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit empty, but an easy enough time waster. 27 Jan 2013
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This was good fun, with Leslie Charteris (who did indeed once sail on the Hindenberg) as the sleuth. Not memorable, but a pleasant diversion, with plenty of nods to fans of Simon Templar.
My husband suggested that the story wasn't so much written as assembled from eyewitness accounts of the last flight and from Charteris's regular columns for the Saint magazine. I thought it read smoothly, and I didn't hit any jarring anachronisms in speech or behaviour.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a drag. 21 April 2013
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I had planned to read the series of these "disaster" thrillers/mysteries, but I'm not going to bother. From this one I learned a lot about zeppelins and travel therein, but I never really engaged with the characters or the storyline and it really felt that at times I was receiving a lecture or the benefit of someone's exhaustive research, like it or not.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly enjoyable series 12 Jun 2013
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I came to this book having read another in the same series. Max Allan Collins takes real events, and real crime writers (in this case Leslie Charteris) and puts them together in a fictional situation. Very entertaining.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun mystery for more than just Saint fans 22 Sep 2001
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The Hindenburg Murders is a fast-paced murder mystery that takes place around a real historical catastrophe and features Leslie Charteris, the renowned author of the Saint novels, as the hero.
The story begins with Charteris and other passengers boarding the Hindenburg, under the watchful eye of the Nazis. Charteris suspects that they may have been a bomb threat. A German, who Charteris along with most of the other passengers took an instant dislike to, mysteriously disappears. This man turns out to be a SS agent. The ship's officials fear the bad publicity as much the reaction from their own government but don't want to upset the passengers. So they ask Charteris to discretely investigate on their behalf.
Like any good Agatha Christie novel you are quickly introduced to all the suspects and the mystery is fairly obvious. However, you learn a fair bit about the Hindenburg, people's reactions to the world events at that time and Charteris makes an engaging protagonist.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Average plot in a fascinating setting 11 Jun 2014
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This is the fourth of the books by this author I have read, setting a murder mystery in a real life disaster scenario and including as sleuth a real life crime writer. In this case, it's Leslie Charteris, creator of The Saint, who tries to find a murderer aboard the doomed German airship on its final flight to New York in May 1937 (in reality, Charteris was on its maiden flight the year before, but not on its final one). The plot involves undercover anti-Nazi Germans plotting to blow up the airship after it docks in New York to strike a blow to undermine the prestige of the Nazi regime, and the moral ambiguity is interesting, though the anti-Nazi saboteurs are unattractive characters. Frankly, I didn't warm to Charteris at all, and the only characters I found sympathetic really were the Adelts and Captain Lehmann. The plot is reasonable, with a twist at the end after the fiery crash of the airship, but the real highlight of this for me was the setting itself - there is a certain majesty about the notion of travelling in an airship that must have been the ultimate transport wonder of its day. A plan of the airship would have been good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 1 May 2014
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Another enjoyable Kindle book. A well written tale with believable characters and a strong story-line. I always enjoy period tales based on facts and this was a very good book. Particularly liked the way each chapter was given a detailed title, kind of in keeping with the style of the time in which the story was set.

Thoroughly enjoyed the whole story.

John D. Smith
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5.0 out of 5 stars A possible solution 12 April 2014
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Great well-researched yarn bringing an entertaining and thoroughly plausible solution to one of history's great mysteries. A great page turner!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
This was better than the second one I read, about the Lusitania, but they're a bit formulaic and the characters are cardboard. Historical research is good, though
Published 5 months ago by Dr Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars Good historical mystery - characters perhaps a little thin
The idea of a historical mystery is a good one, and you learn quite a lot about the historical event, as well as enjoying the mystery itself. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Paul Todd
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book.
I liked this very readable book. The concept was interesting and the period detail good evoking the period of the 30s.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. D. R. Wazejewski
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hindenburg Murders.
Weak ending!
Good story until the climax, rather unbelievable, otherwise the main content was feasible and if you were interested in the history of airships,quite... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Colin Ashton
4.0 out of 5 stars Andrew
An interesting story, made all the more interesting by the inclusion of Leslie Charteris. Well researched and believable, bringing history alive with a twist in the tail.
Published 9 months ago by A. Stanton
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicochocolas- Good Story well told
Interesting and clever story with intriguing characters which has captured my interest- I will probably buy other Books by this author.
Published 10 months ago by Mr. Nicholas J. Catherwood
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hindenburg Murders
An excellent story, very well written. An interesting mix of truth and fiction. Wonderful descriptions of the 'Hindenburg', what it looked like and how it worked. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Anne Dearle
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
This was very good, especially the way Leslie Charteris was woven into the tale!!
Thoroughly enjoyable. I had only ever thought that he wrote about the Saint!!
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. Margaret Wrenn
4.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!
The story line was intense & believable. It contained everything I consider essential for a good story. Read more
Published 10 months ago by David O'Neill
4.0 out of 5 stars Leslie Charteris becomes The Saint.
An excellent page turner. The use of Leslie Charteris as the detective and the Saint style chapter headings and vocabulary was most entertaining.
Published 10 months ago by G. P. Hick
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