In July 1943, Nate Heller flies to Nassau where multimillionaire Sir Harry Oakes wants dirt dug up on Count De Marigny, the playboy who has married Harry’s beautiful, underage daughter, Nancy. But the investigation has barely begun when Sir Harry turns up dead in bed - burned to death in a real-life locked-room mystery - and Heller is soon working for Nancy, whose husband faces murder charges.
Chicago P.I. Heller is on his most intriguing - and dangerous - mission yet in this devilishly clever thriller filled with surprising twists and sharp turns. With the world at war, the peaceful Bahamas provide an ironic, idyllic backdrop for Nazis, the mafia, and two lovely women: one a native girl, the other an aristocratic Englishwoman. Heller is aided by a certain British secret service agent (“Fleming... Ian Fleming”), and encounters along the way the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Meyer Lanksy, and Perry Mason’s creator, Erle Stanley Gardner.
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"No one can twist you through a maze with the intensity and suspense of Max Allan Collins. A classic.” (Clive Cussler, author of Raise the Titanic)
Another superb outing for Nate Heller and one of the most intriguing. A fascinating historical mystery, heretofore unsolved, interwoven with greatly crafted, real historical characters and the irrepressive Detective Heller. Mr. Collins is at his best in not only giving us an exciting adventure, but conjuring up a vivid portrait of a beautiful, albeit backwater, part of the world during WWII. Dan Miller continues to bring Heller (and all the others) to life.
The is the fourth book in the Nate Heller series that I have read. I hadn't known about Harry Oates and all the politics and intrigue surrounding his murder. Taking place in the Bahamas, it's a fun ride with Nate and Erle Stanley Gardner, Ian Fleming, Meyer Lansky, and others, some infamous, some noteworthy. I don't know where the history stops and the fiction starts, but Collins does an especially good job of weaving Nate into the story. It's a remarkable feat. I knew it would end unresolved, although it seems that Collins also couldn't decide who done it. Well narrated, although I find Heller too much of a wise guy to last.
I'm currently on a bender of listening to all of the Nate Heller series in their proper order. One of the best series I've ever had the pleasure of "reading" - the first 2 were amazing, the 3rd, 4th and 5th each had brought a certain twist or plot line that overpowered any feeling of hearing the same story over and over again; however the 6th lacked a bit more in terms of storyline and character development. I believe not having Nitti involved hurt the story more than I would have expected. Of course he was deceased by this time in Heller's life, but his absence was noticed in more ways than one.
Overall, I'd recommend listening to it for Dan John Miller's excellent narration (yet again) if nothing else. Especially if you're reading the series in order as I am. I'm definitely hoping the 7th book grabs my attention more though!
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