By Max Allan Collins
Together with his cynical humor and knack for prepared social statement, Chicago PI Nathan Heller narrates this enticing selection of thirteen crime tales in keeping with genuine instances from the Nineteen Thirties and '40s.
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Young. Twenties. ” “The fin is for telling this same story to Sgt. ” “Oh. ” He smirked. “Okay. ” So did I. At around eleven fifteen, bartender Alex Davidson was leaving the union hall; his back was turned, as he was locking the street-level door, and I put my nine-millimeter in it. “Hi, Alex,” I said. ” “If it’s a stick-up, all I got’s a couple bucks. ” “No such luck. Leave that door unlocked. ” He grunted and opened the door and we stepped inside. “Now we’re going up the stairs,” I said, and we did, in the dark, the wooden steps whining under our weight.
I asked. ” Her voice had the lilt of an Italian accent. Under the circumstances, the truth seemed prudent. ” “My daughter is not here! She and her-a husband, they go to vacation. Up north some-a-where. ” “Please don’t be frightened. ” “No. But…maybe my husband do. ” She went to a window, threw it open and yelled something frantically down in Italian. I eased her aside in time to see a heavy-set man jump into a maroon Plymouth with a silver swan on the radiator cap, and cream colored wheels, and squeal away.
I. Gathered in this collection is every Heller short story to date, spanning the length of Heller’s career as recorded thus far. Omitted only are three short novels that will be gathered in their own collection. I have arranged the stories not in their order as written, but chronologically by the years in which they are set. One challenge of writing Heller’s memoirs is that they jump around in his life, which means I have to keep track of the arc of his characterization as well as the continuity of where he is and where he has been.
Chicago Lightning by Max Allan Collins