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Great Introduction to Nathan Heller
on 6 October 2011
A promotion for this collection dropped into my email inbox as they do from Amazon every so often and I duly had a click to see what it was about.
I am not really a Short Story fan, nor am I usually drawn to this genre of book, but having recently got some vouchers, and for less than the price of a cup of coffee, I thought "why not" and one-clicked it.
I was not disappointed at all. A delightful mix of reasonable length complete stories which are based on real life crimes from that era.
The style is easy to read, not needlessly overdescriptive, the characters are all fleshed out nicely, and the stories flowed well and ended smoothly, not in a rush like some short stories I have read. Some of the descriptive prose did make me giggle and I wish I had bookmarked some examples. There were obviously words and phrases that I didnt completely follow, being English and not familiar with 1930's US slang, but these were easily guessed given the context and didnt detract from my overall enjoyment or understanding of the stories.
As I do not normally read this genre I do not know how these stories or style compare to others, however I know what I like to read and so I did a bit more digging and found out that all the Nathan Heller back catalogue have been released on Kindle and at a pretty good price too. Have to admit I one-clicked the lot!