Better Dead

Better Dead

Book - 2016
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Working reluctantly for a zealous Joe McCarthy at the height of 1950s anti-communist activities, Chicago detective Nate Heller is forced to choose between loyalties when he takes the case of a group of literary leftists who are supporting alleged spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.
Publisher: New York : Forge, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765378286
0765378280
Branch Call Number: MF COLLINS, MAX
Characteristics: 336 pages ; 25 cm

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walden20
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.

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athena14
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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