Chicago Lightning: The Collected Nathan Heller Short Stories

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Thomas & Mercer, 2011 - Fiction - 373 pages
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In "The Blonde Tigress," Heller encounters a vicious hold-up crew with a brutal female leader, while in "Scrap" he investigates a union shooting that has national implications. In "The Perfect Crime" he goes Hollywood to protect the lovely Thelma Todd, with tragic results. The private eye finds himself tangling with notorious mobster Mickey Cohen in a "Shoot-out On Sunset" and with Al Capone's successor, Frank Nitti, in "Screwball." Heller's friendship with Eliot Ness finds the two men working together in both "The Strawberry Teardrop," in which Heller encounters America's first serial killer, and "Natural Death, Inc." Heller tackles each case with his trademark cynicism and humor, digging into the grimy underbelly of twentieth-century America to uncover the truth at any cost. Tough, cynical, and clever, Nathan Heller has been called "the perfect private eye," the best investigator that Chicago (where 'lightning' means gunfire) has to offer.

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This collection of Nathan Heller short stories is arranged chronically. The stories are set in Chicago and in California with main characters ranging from mobsters to Hollywood’s glamorous residents. The research is, as usual, excellent and the stories are well told. Read full review

About the author (2011)

Max Allen Collins was born in 1948 in Muscatine, Iowa. He is a two-time winner of the Private Eye Writer's of America's Shamus Award for his Nathaniel Heller historical thrillers "True Detective" and "Stolen Away". Collins also wrote the Dick Tracy comic strip begining in 1977 and ending in the early 1990s. He has contributed to a number of other comics, including Batman. Collins created his first independent feature film, Mommy, following a nightmarish experience as screenwriter on the cable movie The Expert. Collins has been contracted by DC Comics to write three tie-ins to his critically acclaimed graphic novel "The Road to Perdition", which was adapted into the feature film. Author of other such move tie-in bestsellers as "In the Line of Fire" and "Air Force One", he is also the screenwriter/director of the cult favorite suspense films "Mommie" and "Mommie's Day".

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