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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2011 Max Allan Collins (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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By Kristi Richardson on 01-24-14

Good historical private eye series ala Hammett

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

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys Dashiell Hammett books and a good narrator. This book also combines truth with fiction in the perfect blend of name dropping.

What other book might you compare True Detective to and why?

I guess anything by Hammett or Cain. Hard boiled detectives going after bad guys, what's not to like?

What about Dan John Miller’s performance did you like?

He did a perfect Reagan imitation and his Nitti was Brando's Godfather and Ness reminded me of the guy who plays Arnold Rothstein on Boardwalk Empire. He did credible females and his hero Nathan Heller was believable and lovable.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but it took me three. Can't do it all in one sitting, have to do other things.

Any additional comments?

This is the first book in the series and I believe I will read more. Nathan Heller is an interesting character that you want to learn more about.

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By Daddy Shawn on 02-16-15

A great start to the series.

Any additional comments?

True Detective did lag in a couple chapters but always picked right back up in the next. Max Allan Collins' historical fiction is really well written and a gripping story. It's a side-note in history but compelling when all the characters are fleshed out. I really enjoyed Nathan Heller and will add the next book to my "to-read" pile very shortly.

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