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Triple Play: A Nathan Heller Casebook (Nathan Heller Novels) Kindle Edition
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Anyway, Max Allan Collins (MAC) is one of a growing number of authors who are using true crimes as a basis for their work. It is usually known as "snatched from the headlines" - a fictionalised version of a real life crime using real people - "only the names have been changed to protect the innocent" as the old crime shows use to say, except here some of the names have been changed to protect the guilty too.
In this book we have 3 stories - one long and 2 short:
* Dying in the Post War World - based on the "Lipstick Killer" William Heirens. Heirens was convicted of the murder of 3 people (2 women and a 6 year old girl) and is more notable for the message he is said to have left on the wall near one of his victims "for heaven's sake catch me before I kill more I cannot control myself" (there is now some debate as to whether this was written by Heirens or by a journalist - Heirens always refuted the claim that he wrote it).
When he was caught in 1946 he confessed to the 3 murders, but is has always been believed that there were several more. Heirens, who started murdering at the age of 17, died in prison in February 2012 at 83 years of age. His victims were 43, 32 and 6.
MAC says that he had to make alterations to the story because it was not complex enough for a solo novel ... well, I guess it depends on what you see as complex, or how much research you want to do for your story.
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Unfortunately there is little suspense here; Heller seems to be always lucky in his detecting, while the bad guys seem to always go wrong somewhere. The language in the book seems dated There is humour, violence, and it's easy to get in to the book - it is really readable, but nothing special. I guess the book is a great book for fans of Nate Heller otherwise its good as time filler at the airport.
The nuts and bolts quality of the prose was poor. I had a strong desire to get this into a word processor so I could edit every sentence. I could see ways of improving every single line. And I say this as someone who doesn't rate their own abilities to create coherent easy to read sentences. The writing was so uninspired that I even thought I could have written this better than the author. It's just really bad and flavourless for a published writer. There was no eye for detail, or a talent for creating thumbnail character portraits. He is a poor writer.
Here's an example from page 5:
"He gave me the address (of his home), and I wrote it down and hung up; went out in the kitchen, where Peg sat in her white terry cloth bathrobe, staring over her black coffee."
My edited version:
"He gave me the address of his house. I wrote it down and hung up. I walked into the kitchen to find Peg in her white terry cloth bathrobe staring at me over her black coffee."
He didn't even dream up his own storylines. All three cases are heavily inspired by real events. He pretty much just inserted his own detective character into real cases.
The results are not compelling. He has created a fifth rate photocopy of a photocopy attempt at hard boiled fiction. He is completely missing the wit, or the imagination, or the other pleasures from the genre. Raymond Chandler he isn't. If his prose had a bit of flair and panache then these could have been a lot more enjoyable.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have read a fair bit of MA Collins’ work and usually they are readable and enjoyable. These novelettes are a bit variable. Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2014 by K. Gibson
I loved the first story in this book, as this seemed to be fast paced, nail biting, but after that the rest of the book, just seemed to grind to a halt. Read morePublished on 21 Aug. 2012 by Fiona Massey
Nathan Heller a PI in the vein of Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe,finds himself in cases which are a test for his talents . Read morePublished on 14 Aug. 2012 by Tony336
Enjoyable stuff though a little slight. It is well written and flows very well.
The dialogue is very snappy. Read more
Nathan Heller is no Sherlock Holmes but neither were Spillane or Chandler. This American genre of the forties and fifties is dark and 'cool' for the period portrayed. Read morePublished on 31 July 2012 by Dodo
I hadn't read any of the author's Nathan Heller books, although I had really enjoyed the Quarry series put out by Hard Case Crime so I was looking forward to reading this... Read morePublished on 24 July 2012 by Amazon Customer
If you like those films that are 'inspired by real events', then this may appeal. 3 short stories covering rather unpleasant events. Most of the characters are rather unlikeable. Read morePublished on 15 July 2012 by David Burton
This is the first time I've come across the Nate Heller novels and it won't be the last. Triple play is a 3 story collection (a novella and two shorter stories) and it has private... Read morePublished on 14 July 2012 by lovemurakami