Title: Damned in Paradise
Publisher: Dutton, 1996
Publication Date: 1996
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine, New and Unread
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine in Plastic DJ Cover
Signed: Signed by the Author on the Title Page
Edition: First Edition, First Printing
Hard Cover. Fine, New and Unread/Fine in Plastic DJ Cover. First Edition, First Printing. Signed by the Author on the Title Page. Bookseller Inventory # 001510
Synopsis: Private detective Nathan Heller joins forces with the legendary Clarence Darrow to investigate a notorious case in which two members of the powerful Massie family are charged with ordering the death of a young Hawaiian native acquitted of the rape of Thalia Massie. 20,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.
Review: Collins' books about Nathan Heller are great fun, mixing history and mystery into a jaunty stew. The latest finds Heller on his way to Hawaii to help lawyer Clarence Darrow on his last case -- defending a bizarre bunch of murderers in the notorious Massie affair. Using the actual facts of the case (a young Navy wife with social connections claimed she was kidnapped and raped by five young men in Honolulu in 1932; when the men were acquitted, her husband and her mother kidnapped one of the accused and killed him while trying to extract a confession), Collins recreates with considerable skill the natural beauty of the setting and the racial tensions of the time. Darrow comes to sad, vivid life as an aging lion at the end of his career, while other real characters like swimmer Buster Crabbe and the Chinese detective who was the model for Charlie Chan mix with Heller and other lively inventions.
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