Chicago Confidential

Chicago Confidential It s and P I Nathan Heller has returned home to Chicago where a congressional probe into organized crime sparks an all out mob war with Heller s partner among the victims An astonishing mix of

  • Title: Chicago Confidential
  • Author: Max Allan Collins
  • ISBN: 9780451206503
  • Page: 363
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It s 1950, and P.I Nathan Heller has returned home to Chicago, where a congressional probe into organized crime sparks an all out mob war with Heller s partner among the victims, An astonishing mix of fact and fiction, this new Heller thriller features such notable characters as singer Frank Sinatra, mobster Sam Giancana, Senator Joe McCarthy, and Hollywood bombshell iIt s 1950, and P.I Nathan Heller has returned home to Chicago, where a congressional probe into organized crime sparks an all out mob war with Heller s partner among the victims, An astonishing mix of fact and fiction, this new Heller thriller features such notable characters as singer Frank Sinatra, mobster Sam Giancana, Senator Joe McCarthy, and Hollywood bombshell in the making, Jayne Mansfield.

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    1. Chicago Confidential isn’t the old expose’ on the “Outfit” from 1950. This is one of the Nathan Heller novels in which Max Allan Collins deftly dances on the fault-lines of history to present both the exposed crevices of authentic (though sometimes expedited via slight anachronisms for sake of the story) history and the seismic personal events of Heller and the real/fictional characters with whom he crosses paths. Although Collins admits to putting words in the mouths of the historical c [...]

    2. My Kinda DetectiveA late mid period Heller, back at last in Chicago, is a cracker with some incredible plot points. For those who don't know, Nate Heller is a fictional Chicago detective who somehow finds himself in the middle of famous cases, entwined with the famous, rich and the downright awful crooks. This Heller is better than most - no really famous case, like the Kennedy assassination or the Lindbergh kidnapping, just plain old Chicago gang violence mixed with the Estes Kefauver hearings [...]

    3. Sort of atypical heller novel this time around.Despite appearances of well known names, the actual story is a relatively straightforward thriller set in 1950’s Chicago amongst the underworld and senate hearings into the same.Very good read and possibly a good introduction to Nate heller away from the glare of famous cases that feature in the majority of the other novels.

    4. Some years back, Collins decided to try something audacious even for a gifted writer. Collins created a fictional character (Detective Nathan Heller) and injected this fictional character into twentieth century history, including having Heller work on the Lindbergh kidnapping, work with Elliot Ness and the Untouchables, become involved with Chicago gangster Nitty, and volunteer, along with his buddy, Barney Ross, to fight in the Pacific Theater in World War II. In the hands of a lesser writer, t [...]

    5. Nathan Heller is out in Hollywood putting in some time at the LA office. He is also spending some with his son. Recently divorced from his cheating wife he is also trying to avoid talking to a new crime commission that is looking for information on organized crime. Over the years Heller has had more dealings with the mob than he would like. Now people want to know what he knows. While in LA he takes on a client. A young college student claims that an old boyfriend won’t leave her alone. Heller [...]

    6. It's 1950 and the twelfth book in the Nate Heller historical fiction/crime series takes him back to his roots in Chicago.The story, which began with Heller still on the police force in the late 30's, has come a long way. He and his city have changed a lot.But the organized crime background, which provided the foundation for the series in its initial offerings, is back at the forefront as Sen. Estes Kefauver is holding Congressional hearings into the mob -- and looking for Heller to provide assis [...]

    7. Nathan Heller is a private investigator battling many demons. On one hand, he has a thriving P.I. business and a way with the women, including an as-yet-unknown Jayne Mansfield. On the other hand, one of his partners is a disgraced Chicago cop hellbent on bringing down the Mafia even though Heller is in good standing with many high-ranking members of said mafia. This affiliation makes him the target of a congressional inquiry into organized crime which would like to see him testify about what he [...]

    8. Timing is everything and my reading of this bit of noire is probably poorly timed. As the genre suggests, the narrative is not only placed in another time, 1950, but also is well based in that time. From the misogyny and inappropriate sexual encounters to the vigilante justice, I felt oddly guilty to enjoy this novel in our time of culture wars and debate over the treatment of women, the use of guns and the corruption of politics in general. Still, it is a solid detective story with enough name [...]

    9. After an extended foray away from Chicago and into a few of the nation's highest-profile mysteries, Nate Heller returns to where it all began: Chicago & the mob. With the exception of Frank Sinatra & Jayne Mansfield, the folks who occupy most of Heller's time & attention in this novel aren't necessarily household names (unless your household happens to be particularly familiar with Chicago crime & crime-fighters of the mid-20th century). But this relative lack of high-profile nam [...]

    10. Again, Max Allan Collins' novels are improving with age. This one was a riveting, 1950s gangster story that has Nate Heller return to the corrupt Chicago he left behind. Collins mentions this was a departure considering the books that came before, but having not read these in order, it wasn't as jarring to me. In fact I enjoyed it more than the Nitti trilogy of the first few novels. There's the Hollywood glamour but at times this book reads like Martin Scorsese wrote it. It's filled with sex and [...]

    11. This is my second book by this author and I will read more of his books, especially those featuring Nate Heller. This one does almost overdue the descriptions of places and clothing. Especially the clothing - it's like he's setting the scene for a movie. Still, his characters, mostly based on real people, and his story based on historical events are well written and totally believable. This one has gangsters we've all heard of and politicians like Estes Kefauver and that nasty piece of work, Joe [...]

    12. Chicago Confidential has it's moments, but I find the interweaving of historical figures with a somewhat standard detective story a little forced. Detective Nathan (Nate) Heller is just a little too smooth and unbelievable for my tastes. It's seems as if he's having sex with just about every starlet he encounters. Raymond Chandler set a pretty high bar for other authors to measure themselves by and one which I also use to judge other authors writing in the same genre.

    13. Max Allan Collins and his Nathan Heller Books is assiduously documenting the crime history of the 30s and 40s. There are some terribly nice touches here in terms of wry comments and subtle connections. This departure from the world of Hollywood and politics takes us to the windy city and the atmosphere and characters are a late night delight.

    14. In the ongoing blending of fact and fiction Collins weaves another great tale of PI Nathan Heller as this time he's tied up in the Kefauver hearings of organized crime. Chicago in the 50s also brings about run-ins with Jane Mansfield, McCarty, and brilliant dialogues with Sinatra. Collins once again shows his love for the hard-boiled genre as he writes as good as any of the masters.

    15. Have read Collins's Road to Perdition, but this was my first Nathan Heller. 1950 Hollywood, Jayne Mansfield, Chicago, Sinatra, mobsters, Riverview, politics, Kefauver. Hard-boiled; sex, language. Might try something earlier in the series. Collins prides himself on historical accuracy; I got a little bogged down in the extensive cast of characters.

    16. Chicago Confidential, Nathan Heller, Bk 14, Max Allan Collins, HB-B @ 6/02, 8/02. A novel set in 1950, Chicago, organized crime and Estes KeFauver are the basis for this historical fiction. Interesting reading.

    17. You get exactly what you expect with the Nate Heller books And that isn't a bad thing. Loads of description and an action packed PI novel that can appeal to both men and women. Loved the descriptions of 1950s Chicago. Well written and entertaining.

    18. A Nathan Heller novel. The worst of Collins' historical mysteries I've read so far. No real mystery, just recounting the Mafia hearings of the 50's with too much gratuitous swearing.A Mickey Spillane wanna be.

    19. I always thoroughly enjoy books in the Nathan Heller series. This one is no exception.  The historical accuracy provided by Mr. Collins is wonderful and the story line and character development makes for a very good mystery.

    20. A slow reade first 3rd of the book was confusing w/ so many characters, but I kept reading and they all fell into place. The ending was a real surprise. It was difficult to tell the "good guys" from the "bad guys". Loved all the "made up" and factual personalities.

    21. More of a chronicle of a series of related events as opposed to a mystery novel, but it's fun to see Nate Heller return to his old stomping grounds of Chicago.

    22. This was more hard boiled than I usually read but overall a good story that raced along (at times a bit too fast and with a few too many characters to keep track of).

    23. This book was ok. A fun read, but I found myself not really caring about the outcome, which is never good. Maybe I'm just not a mystery fan

    24. This is a Nate Heller classic. Really enjoyed the story. A must read from this outstanding series by Max Allan Collins.

    25. A "return to form" for Heller, back in Chicago and wrapped up in dealing with the mob, celebrities, crooked politicians and other assorted characters.

    26. After reading my 4th Nathan Heller novel… I really like Collins' writing style integrating fact and fiction.

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