Better Dead

Better Dead

Large Print - 2016
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It's the early 1950's. Chicago detective Nate Heller is doing legwork for Joe McCarthy, though he's disheartened by the senator's witch-hunting anti-communist tactics. When Dashiell Hammett comes to him representing a group of showbiz and literary leftists trying to save Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Heller decides to take on the case.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, c2016
ISBN: 9781410492449
Branch Call Number: LP FIC Coll
Characteristics: 553 pages (large print) ; 22 cm


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Jan 30, 2017

Top of the line read. Collins is right on in combining the events around the 50's Red Menace and McCarthyism, the mood of the time, and the charm of the tough but compassionate persona of Nathan Heller, PI. And to counter an earlier comment, the sex didn't hurt the narrative one bit, in fact it fit right in with Heller's protagonist. Go on, read it -- a lot of fun.

May 24, 2016

"...he wedded the street-wise private detective novel with the historical novel." The author's website proudly announces that marriage of genres. I'd rather the Mickey Spillane style sex and booze had been left at the altar.


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