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It's the early 1950s. Ju McCarthy is campaigning to rid America of the Red Menace. Nate Heller is doing legwork for the senator, though the Chicago detective is disheartened by McCarthy's witch-hunting tactics. He's made friends with a young staffer, Bobby Kennedy, while trading barbs with a potential enemy, the attorney Roy Cohn, who rubs Heller the wrong way. Not the least of which for successfully prosecuting the so-called Atomic Bomb spies, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

When famous mystery writer Dashiell Hammett comes to Heller representing a group of showbiz and literary leftists who are engaged in a last minute attempt to save the Rosenbergs, Heller decides to take on the case. Heller will have to play both sides to do this, and when McCarthy also tasks Heller to find out what the CIA has on him, Heller reluctantly agrees. His main lead is an army scientist working for the CIA who admits to Heller that he's been having misgivings about the work he's doing and elliptically referring to the Cold War making World War II look like a tea party. And then the scientist goes missing.

©2016 Max Allan Collins (P)2016 Recorded Books

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I loved it!!! bravo to Nate Heller,max Collins

great audio by max Allan Collins & voiced Dan John Miller.another great novel with pi Nate Heller.takes place in 1950s USA,at the time of the Rosenberg trial & CIA experiments with LSD.very interesting, keeps your attention.highly recommended!!!!

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Nate Heller returns

Where does Better Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I own and have listened to all of the Nathan Heller audiobooks, this is right up there in this outstanding series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Heller, but I enjoyed the creative representations of Joe McCarthy, Dashiell Hammett and other historical figures. That's the essence of this series and this work delivers.

Which scene was your favorite?

The HUAC interactions with famous celebrities. Represented conversations with Hammett, McCarthy, and the Rosenbergs.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

A feeling of reading satisfaction. Even after Max Allan Colilns health issues,he still has the chops to entertain with his unique combination of classic sleuth and historical settings. The personal information regards Ethyl and Julius Rosenberg. and the people involved in their spying case.

Any additional comments?

If you have enjoyed previous works in this,series you won't be disappointed.

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Great comeback

Mr Collins always writes great books and apparently even a stroke can't diminish his talent. He is the best living author of this genre. If you have not read one of his books read them all and if you have read some read the rest. Thanks again Max for sharing your talent with us.