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  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (13 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612180884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612180885
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 811,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Max Allan Collins has earned fifteen Private Eye Writers of America "Shamus" nominations, winning for his Nathan Heller novels, True Detective and Stolen Away, and receiving the PWA life achievement award, the Eye. His graphic novel, Road to Perdition, which is the basis of the Academy Award-winning film starring Tom Hanks, was followed by two novels, Road to Purgatory and Road to Paradise. His suspense series include Quarry, Nolan, Mallory, and Eliot Ness, and his numerous comics credits include the syndicated Dick Tracy and his own Ms. Tree. He has written and directed five feature films and two documentaries, including "The Expert," a HBO World Premiere. His coffee-table book The History of Mystery received nominations for every major mystery award and Men’s Adventure Magazines won the Anthony Award. Collins lives in Muscatine, Iowa, with his wife, writer Barbara Collins. They have collaborated on seven novels and numerous short stories, and are currently writing the “Trash ‘n’ Treasures” mysteries.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jun. 1999
Rarely does one come across a book which so completely captures the essence of an era. Max Allan Collins has achieved this in spades. He is simply the master of the historical mystery novel. Nathan Heller is a well rounded character, and his interaction with some of the era's most notable figures is exceedingly well done. I can only hope the entire line of Nathan Heller novels get back into print. If you're a fan of Hammett, Chandler, etc, you're sure to love it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mystery lover on 8 Nov. 2011
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A good crime novel set in the era of prohibition with plenty of known names cropping up, such as Eliot Ness and Al Capone.Private detective Nate Heller makes a good main character and the only reservation I have about this story is at times I found it too descriptive of buildings and locations.I know the author is trying to set the theme of the time, but I found it rather tiresome. Otherwise a good read and will certainly try more by Max Allen Collins.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 Nov. 2011
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A worthy read, especially for the price...I enjoyed the story without knowing an awful lot about the history or location, it didn't matter as enough detail is given in the explanations. The descriptions are sometimes a bit lengthy for me but they do paint a picture of each scene very well. To me it also seemed to die down a bit toward the end, I pushed on and got a rather nice ending but no gripping climax I had come to expect. Overall I enjoyed the book, it was a fun detective story losing a star due to the endings lack of ambition. After this book I would read another in the series for a similar price as I enjoyed it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jun. 1999
Rarely does one come across a book which so completely captures the essence of an era. Max Allan Collins has achieved this in spades. He is simply the master of the historical mystery novel. Nathan Heller is a well rounded character, and his interaction with some of the era's most notable figures is exceedingly well done. I can only the entire line of Nathan Heller novels get back into print. If you're a fan of Hammett, Chandler, etc, you're sure to love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Alexander Craig on 7 Nov. 2013
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A good read, full of humour and history. Thoroughly enjoyable, will definatelyread more of Nathan Heller. Was impressed with the style and the era.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dallas Noble on 6 Sept. 2012
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As with the other novels this mixes fact and fiction with reasonable success. Not quite Chandler but not too far behind.
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I really enjoyed this book. The author clearly researched the era, and the Chicago Fair, and the detail gave a real sense of the atmosphere of the time. Weaving real characters of the time (Ness, Capone) into the fiction added an extra touch of realism. I'll certainly read more by this author.
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By oil brush on 5 Jun. 2013
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A story with a twist. A chance to escape, but a very plausible tale of an unbent cop! The scene is set quite brillianly with good imagination and research, one could almost imagine it to be a true story
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