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Synopsis: 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, specifically to Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, but when he proves Siegel’s innocence, Heller and the suave gangster wind up friends...and rivals for the love of Nate’s life. Bugsy hires Heller as security chief of the under-construction Flamingo hotel, where mob bag woman Virginia Hill is a dangerous, if glamorous, distraction. It all comes to a boil with a shocking mob assassination in Beverly Hills that sends Heller into fever-dream ride of vengeance.
About the Author: Max Allan Collins is the author of the Shamus Award-winning Nathan Heller historical thrillers; his other books include the New York Times bestseller Saving Private Ryan and the bestselling CSI series. His comics writing ranges from the graphic novel Road to Perdition, source of the Tom Hanks film, to long runs as scripter of the “Dick Tracy” comic strip and his own innovative “Ms. Tree.” Collins is also a screenwriter and a leading Indie filmmaker. He lives in Iowa with his wife, writer Barbara Collins, and their son, Nathan.
Title: Neon Mirage
Publisher: Gollancz Crime, London
Publication Date: 1990
Book Condition: Good
Edition: New Ed.
Book Description Gollancz Crime, London, 1990. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: Very Good. First Thus. Minor edge and corner wear, gently scuffed, spine is very lightly creased, blue X across the code on the rear cover and a black remainder mark on the outer page edges, overall a very clean used first Gollancz Crime edition! Extremely rare and hard-to-find! 301 very clean, unmarked and uncreased, suspense-filled and mystery-riddled pages! "Chicago 1946; an underworld war is raging as rival factions fight for control ov a vast gambling empire. Private eye Nathan Heller gets caught in the middle when the man he's hired to protect is gunned down right before his eyes. Heller must find out who ordered the hit ---- other lives depend upon it, including that of the woman he loves. His investigation takes him from the dangerous streets of Chicago into the stormy world of Bugsy Siegel, the handsome gangster who dreams of creating aq fabulous gambling oasis.out of a shabby desert way-station called Las Vegas." Extremely scarce edition! Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 026038
Book Description Gollancz, 1990. Paperback. Condition: Good. Darkened tan to page edges Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Seller Inventory # wbb0012488329
Book Description Gollancz, 1990. Condition: Very Good. Seller Inventory # U9780575048386