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An unusual detective story, and a great one.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-18

There are many types of detective stories, but this is the only one where the hero is a tracker of runaway slaves. And yes, the hero is sympathetic. The story is made even more fascinating because it is set in a modern-day alternative America where slavery has never been abolished.

This novel has no political axe to grind, but it is very, very disturbing. I could only listen for so long before I had to take a break. But I had to come back before long find out the next wrinkle, the next clue. And the big reveal at the end made it all worth it.

I don't review many books, but this one is extraordinary. If you like detective fiction or alternative history, you will be delighted by this novel and its equally great performance.

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Highly Recommended for Noir Fans

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Max Allan Collins' series about private eye Nathan Heller is a true find for people who enjoy hard-boiled noir stories. Collins' inserts his gritty investigator into some of the most sensational unsolved crimes of the 1930s through the 1960s. The stories combine great plots, gripping pacing, meticulous historical research, and convincing cameos of real characters – including, in this case, Sam Giancana, Estes Kefauver, and Jayne Mansfield.

Each entry of the series is performed by voice actor Dan John Miller, and there could not have been a better choice.

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Great Story & Terrific Performer

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-17

This story of a renewed Korean War in the 1980s is the first and, I think, the best of Larry Bond's books. Although the passage of time has made it a sort of "alternative history" novel, it is thoroughly enjoyable for its characterizations, action, and pacing. Mr. Charles does an outstanding job with accents for the different nationalities in the story. I especially like the way he makes the North Koreans sound like Beldar Conehead. Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry