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True Detective

By: Max Allan Collins
Narrated by: Dan John Miller
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In the mob-choked Chicago of 1932, private detective Nathan Heller may be willing to risk his life to earn a Depression dollar, but he never sacrifices his sardonic wit. Now, author Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition) reissues the contemporary classic that introduces the wise-cracking Nathan Heller in all his guts and glory.

When Mayor Cermak’s “Hoodlum Squad” brings Heller along on a raid with no instructions but to keep his mouth shut and his gun handy, he becomes an unwitting, unwilling part of a hit on Al Capone’s successor, Frank Nitti. As a result, Heller quits the force to become a private eye. His first job: head off a nation-shaking political assassination in Miami Beach. With the Chicago World’s Fair as a backdrop, Heller encounters a ragtag array of crooks and clients, including Al Capone, George Raft, “Dutch” Reagan, and FDR himself.

Rich in riveting plot turns, including a heartbreaking romance, True Detective is one of the most highly entertaining and unlikely coming-of-age stories ever written. That’s why mystery fans and critics alike rank this historical thriller at the top of their lists - and why the book swept up a Shamus Award for the best novel from the Private Eye Writers of America.

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©2011 Max Allan Collins (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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THE "FORREST GUMP" OF FILM NOIR NOVELS

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If a friend enjoys Mike Hammer, Richard Diamond, Nick Carter, Ellery Queen, Johnny Dollar, and Pat Novak - either in print or on old time radio podcasts - I'd definitely recommend this audiobook.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main "gumshoe" Nathan Heller who knows everyone in history from Marilyn Moore and Sally Rand to Frank Nitti and Al Capone. I MEAN EVERYBODY! And he's always in place when major events occur. I wouldn't be surprised if he was sitting on "the grassy knoll" or having a soul food plate at the Lorraine Motel when Dr. King was assassinated!

What does Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Miller has this great "all-American white boy" delivery like one would expect from "Happy Days" Richie Cunningham, in fact, I could see the Nathan Heller role done by a younger Ron Howard.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No! This is an old school detective story. It is just great writing which feeds into the 'guilty pleasure" habits of certain readers. These stories are good fun with a lot of factual historical references. Max Alan Collins "insinuates" his Nathan Heller into true events in a believable way which adds to both his original story and the real events he portrays in his books.

Any additional comments?

What the author does here - weaving fact and fiction into a seamless tapestry of literature - is an art that not every writer can master. In my opinion, Collins is second in this genre only to the Forrest Gump book creator and screenwriters. I've listened to over 75% of the "Nathan Heller" audiobooks and plan to finish all available. I just can't get enough!

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