Comics kill. Or so the esteemed Dr. Werner Frederick would have people believe - people like the Congressmen holding hearings on banning violent crime and horror "funny books". And when the crusade provokes a most un-funny murder, Jack Starr - comics syndicate troubleshooter - has no shortage of suspects. Was it the knife-wielding juvenile delinquent or the naked seductress? Perhaps a frustrated publisher or an outraged cartoonist. Or was it a comic book reader…?
No One Delivers Like Max Allan Collins.
Inspired by the real-life 1950s witch-hunt against Tales From the Crypt publisher EC Comics, Seduction of the Innocent pulls back the curtain for an insider’s view of the history of comics.
"Collins masterfully blends fact and fiction…transcends the historical thriller." (Jeffery Deaver)
"Collins makes it sound as though it really happened." (New York Daily News)
"Collins’ witty, hard-boiled prose would make Raymond Chandler proud." (Entertainment Weekly)
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I'm a long-time Collins fan, and this does the trick: good atmosphere and good historical research. The plot's unusually predictable, though.
The comic industry history.
The narrator has a fine voice and he's a pleasure to listen to, but he does female (and gay) characters without a trace of subtlety. It got so clumsy at times that I nearly stopped listening.
- Joe Kraus
Always a good listen