Ask Not, Book 17

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Macmillan, Oct 22, 2013 - Fiction - 320 pages
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Chicago, September 1964. Beatlemania sweeps the nation, the Vietnam War looms, and the Warren Commission prepares to blame a "lone-nut" assassin for the killing of President John F. Kennedy. But as the post-Camelot era begins, a suspicious outbreak of suicides, accidental deaths, and outright murders decimates assassination witnesses. When Nathan Heller and his son are nearly run down on a city street, the private detective wonders if he himself might be a loose end. . . .

Soon a faked suicide linked to President Johnson's corrupt cronies takes Heller to Texas, where celebrity columnist Flo Kilgore implores him to explore that growing list of dead witnesses. With the blessing of Bobby Kennedy—former US attorney general, now running for Senator from New York—Heller and Flo investigate the increasing wave of violence that seems to emanate from the notorious Mac Wallace, rumored to be LBJ's personal hatchet man.

Fifty years after JFK's tragic death, Collins's rigorous research for Ask Not raises new questions about the most controversial assassination of our time.


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User Review  - darcette - LibraryThing

With Nate Heller working solo on his new case, the A-1 staff was taking on the bread-and-butter jobs while Nate went to Texas, trying to sort out a life insurance claim being processed in Evanston ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Collins (of Road to Perdition fame) wraps up his trilogy of thrillers on the John F. Kennedy assassination (Target Lancer, 2012, etc.), piling the conspiracy theories nearly as high as the corpses.As ... Read full review

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MAX ALLAN COLLINS has been chosen as the 2017 Grand Master by Mystery Writers of America (MWA). He is the author of the acclaimed graphic novel Road to Perdition (basis for the Academy Award-winning Tom Hanks film) and its sequels. Publication of Ask Not, the concluding novel in Collins's JFK trilogy, marks the thirtieth year of his Nathan Heller mysteries. An independent filmmaker, Collins lives in eastern Iowa.

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