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It’s 1950 in Chicago, P.I. Nate Heller’s old stomping grounds. But things are different now, and the wind is blowing in a different, decidedly more dangerous direction. Congressman-with-a-cause and presidential-hopeful Estes Kefauver creates the Committee on Organized Crime to put the squeeze on the mob - and anyone who ever associated with them. Heller tries to lay low, but when ex-cop Bill Drury cooperates and mafia moll Jackie Payne sings, Heller finds himself catapulted into the middle of the investigation.
Quick wits and tough talk swirl in the middle of Kefauver’s senatorial charade as Max Allan Collins blends fact and fiction to stunning results. When Drury is murdered and Jackie disappears, Heller decides it’s time for a little payback - and maybe some ice cold justice. With the mob and Kefauver’s crime committee hot on his trail, Heller mixes with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Jayne Mansfield, and Senator Joe McCarthy on a wild Windy City ride.
©2011 Max Allan Collins
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 08-06-18

Highly Recommended for Noir Fans

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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1 out of 5 stars
By Wally on 08-20-17

I couldn't listen to the narrator

I apparently had no idea what I was getting. The narrator was trying change to a woman's voice and with horrible results; ruined the book from the beginning. I could not listen to it. The story seemed to be developing a trashy or sleazy tone. But I couldn't listen long enough to let it develop fully.

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