Nathan Heller

18 books in series
3 out of 5 stars 30 ratings

True Detective 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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  • Book 1

    • True Detective

    • Nathan Heller Series, Book 1
    • By: Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
    • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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.

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  • Book 2

    • True Crime

    • Nathan Heller Series, Book 2
    • By: Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
    • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    1934 Chicago dazzles with fast action and calculating, cold-blooded meanness as private detective Nate Heller combs Chicago’s North Side looking for John Dillinger. But things take a turn for the strange when self-aggrandizing G-Man Melvin Purvis shoots down a Dillinger double in front of the Biograph Theater. Full of muscle and oozing Chicago’s tough-guy persona to the hilt, Max Allan Collins’ Nate Heller is the ultimate private investigator.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • very good

    • By David Lockhart on 24-02-16

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  • Book 3

    • The Million-Dollar Wound

    • Nathan Heller, Book 3
    • By: Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In 1942, Chicago P.I. Nate Heller and his childhood pal, boxer Barney Ross, join the Marines and see bloody action together at Guadalcanal. Upon his return to gangland Chicago, the shell-shocked Heller - more dangerous than ever - is thrust into the midst of an inter-gang war to depose Capone’s successor, Frank Nitti, whose minions are infiltrating Hollywood movie unions.

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  • Book 4

    • Neon Mirage

    • Nathan Heller, Book 4
    • By: Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
    • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In 1946 Chicago, Nathan Heller - president of the flourishing A-1 Detective Agency - is hired to protect racing-wire gambling chief James Ragen, who is nonetheless shot down on the streets of Chicago. Not one to take such an affront sitting down, Nate goes after the killer, but he’s in for the biggest surprise of his career. Demonstrating once again that he is the master of true-crime fiction, Max Allan Collins’ story of the birth of Las Vegas - and the dirty deeds that floated all around it - is a masterpiece of modern noir. Heller follows the trail as it leads to Hollywood and Las Vegas....

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  • Book 5

    • Stolen Away

    • A Novel of the Lindbergh Kidnapping
    • By: Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
    • Length: 16 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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    March 1932. After the recently incarcerated Al Capone offers to negotiate the return of the kidnapped son of Charles Lindbergh, Nathan Heller of the Chicago P.D. is sent to Hopewell, New Jersey, as a police liaison. As a part of Lindbergh’s inner circle, Heller investigates crooks, cranks, socialites, and psychics in a frustrating, fruitless attempt to solve the case. Max Allan Collins makes the crime that captivated a nation the focal point of yet another fascinating and thoroughly spellbinding foray into his world of historical crime fiction.

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  • Book 6

    • Carnal Hours

    • Nathan Heller, Book 6
    • By: Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
    • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In July 1943, Nate Heller flies to Nassau where multimillionaire Sir Harry Oakes wants dirt dug up on Count De Marigny, the playboy who has married Harry’s beautiful, underage daughter, Nancy. But the investigation has barely begun when Sir Harry turns up dead in bed - burned to death in a real-life locked-room mystery - and Heller is soon working for Nancy, whose husband faces murder charges. Chicago P.I. Heller is on his most intriguing - and dangerous - mission yet in this devilishly clever thriller filled with surprising twists....

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  • Book 7

    • Blood and Thunder

    • Nathan Heller, Book 7
    • By: Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
    • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
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    Presidential candidate - and force of nature - Huey Long, the “Kingfish,” is in fear for his life. After Nathan Heller delivers the former Louisiana governor a bulletproof vest, the Kingfish hires the Chicago private eye to investigate death threats from political rivals. Soon Heller runs head-on into an IRS investigation seeking millions skimmed from state workers for Huey’s “de-duct box”... and into the arms of the ex-governor’s lovely ex-mistress. When the charismatic politician is shot down by a seemingly crazed doctor, Heller gets a new employer....

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  • Book 8

    • Damned in Paradise

    • A Nathan Heller Novel, Book 8
    • By: Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
    • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In 1931, Nate Heller - on a leave of absence from the Chicago P.D. - goes to Hawaii to work as an investigator for family friend Clarence Darrow. One of five Honolulu natives accused of the rape of recent bride Thalia Massie has been murdered; facing murder charges are Thalia’s naval officer husband and her socialite mother. Something doesn’t seem right, and Darrow has brought Heller in to get to the bottom of it.

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  • Book 9

    • Flying Blind

    • Nathan Heller, Book 9
    • By: Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
    • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
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    In 1935, Nate Heller is hired to escort Amelia Earhart on a speaking tour because of numerous cut-and-paste death threats against her life. Heller suspects the threats are a stunt by Earhart's publicity-hungry husband, and the detective’s growing closeness to the bisexual aviatrix leads to a steamy affair. Two years later, when Earhart embarks on her flight around the world - and mysteriously disappears over the South Pacific - Uncle Sam enlists Heller in a clandestine search of Japanese waters for the popular Earhart....

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  • Book 10

    • Majic Man

    • A Nathan Heller Novel
    • By: Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
    • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
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    It’s 1949 in Washington, D.C., and Secretary of Defense James Forrestal, convinced he has been targeted for murder, hires Chicago P.I. Nate Heller for protection. Heller must deal with Beltway infighting, Communist paranoia, Israeli agents, and a mysterious military group called the Majestic Twelve in his journey to protect Forrestal. With his client locked away in a mental ward, Heller begins to doubt his own sanity as he explores reports of flying saucers landing near the tiny desert town of Roswell, New Mexico.

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  • Book 11

    • Angel in Black

    • Nathan Heller, Book 11
    • By: Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
    • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Los Angeles. The City of Angels. The perfect place for a honeymoon… and the worst possible time for a murder. Vacationing private investigator Nate Heller finds himself a suspect in the LAPD’s investigation of the notorious Black Dahlia murder case. Problem is the butchered starlet, Elizabeth Short, is an old Chicago flame of Heller’s — and only the P.I. himself knows she was blackmailing him for abortion money.

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  • Book 12

    • Chicago Confidential

    • Nathan Heller, Book 12
    • By: Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
    • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
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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.

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  • Book 13

    • Bye Bye, Baby

    • By: Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Marilyn Monroe, the ultimate goddess of the silver screen, is at the peak of her popularity, internationally famous, universally admired by women and desired by men. But she’s also famously insecure and temperamental and is being pilloried in the press for delaying the production of Something’s Got to Give. When the head of Twentieth Century Fox threatens to cancel her contract, Monroe hires “PI to the stars” Nathan Heller to tap her phones and record calls that might affect legal action. Less than three months later, Monroe is dead from an overdose....

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  • Book 14

    • Target Lancer

    • Nathan Heller, Book 16
    • By: Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
    • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Nathan Heller is Chicago’s most celebrated private detective, hobnobbing with Hugh Hefner, getting written up in Life magazine, enjoying the fruits of a long career that began in a one-room office and now is a coast-to-coast agency. When he does a small favor for a friend - who handles PR for the Teamsters - Heller runs into an old West Side mob crony, a small-time hustler named Jack Ruby. And when that friend is found dead, warning signals start to flash. Suddenly Jimmy Hoffa wants to talk to Nate...and so does Hoffa’s arch enemy, U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.

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  • Book 15

    • Ask Not

    • By: Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
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    New York Times best-selling author Max Allan Collins has won multiple Shamus Awards for his detective novels featuring Nathan Heller. The third book in his JFK trilogy, Ask Not finds Heller investigating a bizarre string of deaths among the witnesses to JFK’s assassination—and tracing blame to LBJ’s right-hand man.

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  • Book 16

    • Better Dead

    • By: Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
    • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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    It's the early 1950s. Ju McCarthy is campaigning to rid America of the Red Menace. Nate Heller is doing legwork for the senator, though the Chicago detective is disheartened by McCarthy's witch-hunting tactics. He's made friends with a young staffer, Bobby Kennedy, while trading barbs with a potential enemy, the attorney Roy Cohn, who rubs Heller the wrong way. Not the least of which for successfully prosecuting the so-called Atomic Bomb spies, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

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    • Chicago Lightning

    • The Collected Nathan Heller Short Stories
    • By: Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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. Created by New York Times best-selling novelist and Road to Perdition creator Max Allan Collins, the classic PI comes vibrantly to life in this collection of 13 stories, all based on real cases of the 1930s and '40s.

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    • Triple Play

    • A Nathan Heller Casebook
    • By: Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
    • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
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    In "Dying in the Post-War World", Heller returns from combat to find his marriage in shambles and himself square in the middle of the notorious Lipstick Killer case of 1946. "Kisses of Death" follows the PI into the 1950s, when he is hired to guard Marilyn Monroe. Finally, in "Strike Zone", Heller is hired by baseball boss Bill Veeck to investigate the 1961 murder of a famous pinch hitter whose private life will pull Nate into a dangerous new world of little people and big sins.

    Regular price: £12.89