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The War of the Worlds Murder (Disaster Series) [Kindle Edition]

Max Allan Collins
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Orson Welles is the bombastic wonder boy of radio and stage. But is he also a murderer?

Walter Gibson—creator of pulp superhero the Shadow—travels to New York City to collaborate on a script with Welles, star of the radio show The Mercury Theatre on the Air. The young Welles is a charming but difficult taskmaster who relishes dramatic blowouts with friends, lovers, and colleagues. So when a dead body is found in the studio minutes before the live broadcast of The War of the Worlds, Gibson knows Welles will be the New York Police Department’s number one suspect. Gibson has exactly one hour—while Welles is on the air enacting the infamous hoax story of a Martian invasion—to find the real murderer and clear the radio star’s name. With its brilliant reconstruction of the broadcast that hoodwinked the nation, The War of the Worlds Murder is a paean to radio’s golden age.

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    About the Author

    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 Tracy comic 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 Hindenburg Murders, The Pearl Harbor Murders, The Lusitania Murders,and The London Blitz Murders.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 733 KB
    • Print Length: 270 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612185150
    • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (11 Dec. 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B007X637A4
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #230,769 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    So, read the blurb and loved the concept. I am a sucker for a historical novels of any type and murder mystery ones are particularly good fun. So I start reading the prologue...which goes on and on and i realise that it is simply a self aggrandising tale of his development as a mystery writer and has nothing at all to do with the story. I skip a few pages and start at the start...and read and read and read...i am 50% of the way through and no one has been murdered yet! surely the basic premise of any murder mystery IS A MURDER or at least a mysterious death of some kind. So it is not a murder mystery but in fact it is turning out to be a very dull account of the creation of Orson Wells famous broadcast of the War of the murder!

    In addition to the moribund writing style i.e. 'stepping onto a car otherwise empty but for a young elevator attendant'(so you're saying the elevator was not actually empty then?

    The 'history' instead of being woven into the fabric of the story it is delivered in chunks of italics every few chapters...paragraphs about the cotton club, about Orson wells early life, about prohibition all seemingly lifted from wikipidia and dropped unedited into the book to fill it out.

    Utter rubbish I wont be finishing it
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Fact or fiction. An intriguing blend! 15 July 2013
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    I've read all the "Disaster" books by Mr Collins and loved them all. They blend desperate, true events, and real characters with fictional murders and detective work. Famous authors find themselves both in harm's way, and watching horrific, unforgettable, momentous disasters. Brilliantly researched, and lovingly told, through each tale I felt Mr Collins appreciation of his literary heroes. These events really did not happen in exactly the way they are related to the reader, but Mr Collins' skill is that when I'd finished each book I could still wonder if it ALL couldn't' t have been true!
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Educational as well as entertaining 21 Feb. 2013
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    I love the concept behind this series of books.They are stand alone books meshing historical fact with fiction. I have read this book first as I was the most intrigued and excited by its plot line. Max Allan Collins sets the scene and the historical context really well and the story moves along at a reasonably quick pace. Sometimes the scene setting chapters break into the stories flow; but overall I was very impressed with the book and look forward to reading the rest of the series. Thanks to Amazon for introducing me to this author via the special offers on kindle.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars The inside story? 13 May 2014
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    An intriguing tale of Orson Welles' famous broadcast that is pacy and fascinating -a good absorbing yarn to enjoy thoroughly!
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