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A delightful mix of reasonable length complete stories which are based on real life crimes from that era.The style is easy to read, not needlessly overdescriptive, the characters are all fleshed out nicely, and the stories flowed well and ended smoothly, not in a rush like some short stories I have read Some of the descriptive prose did make me giggle and I wish I had bookmarked some examples There were obviously words and phrases that I didnt completely follow, being English and not familiar A delightful mix of reasonable length complete stories which are based on real life crimes from that era.The style is easy to read, not needlessly overdescriptive, the characters are all fleshed out nicely, and the stories flowed well and ended smoothly, not in a rush like some short stories I have read Some of the descriptive prose did make me giggle and I wish I had bookmarked some examples There were obviously words and phrases that I didnt completely follow, being English and not familiar with 1930 s US slang, but these were easily guessed given the context and didnt detract from my overall enjoyment or understanding of the stories.As I do not normally read this genre I do not know how these stories or style compare to others, however I know what I like to read and so I did a bitdigging and found out that all the Nathan Heller back catalogue have been released on Kindle atand at a pretty good price too Have to admit I one clicked the lot Max Allan Collins CHICAGO LIGHTNING is a great collection of short stories surrounding the author s Private Eye hero, Nathan Heller No stranger to crime drama the author wrote the graphic novel ROAD TO PERDITION, which eventually became a movie starring Tom Hanks , Collins easily captures the mood of the seedier side of Chicago while setting up Heller as a genuine hero all readers can enjoy.The stories range from early in Heller s career, when he was inexperienced, brash, and poor, to the hig Max Allan Collins CHICAGO LIGHTNING is a great collection of short stories surrounding the author s Private Eye hero, Nathan Heller No stranger to crime drama the author wrote the graphic novel ROAD TO PERDITION, which eventually became a movie starring Tom Hanks , Collins easily captures the mood of the seedier side of Chicago while setting up Heller as a genuine hero all readers can enjoy.The stories range from early in Heller s career, when he was inexperienced, brash, and poor, to the highpoint of his career, when he is established, has a reputation, and his detective agency spans two cities Each story is told in first person, with Heller s dry sense of humor, has plenty of action, and sets up the private eye as the reluctant hero who almost does good by accident He s certainly not perfect, but he s loyal to his clients and willing to dish out a little street justice when called for, even in his later years.I particularly enjoyed the way the author rolled in many historical cases, both the famous and the not so famous, into his stories, mixing the fictional with the factual to weave a very interesting, believable, vibrant tapestry in each mini crime story As a fan and student of organized crime persona, the true life gangsters found in the stories were very realistic, and behaved in these fictitious scenarios the way they did in real life.Only down side was that it entirely skips over his war experience, which is pretty important in developing Heller s character after the war The stories allude to his service on Guadalcanal, but not enough to fill in all the blanks.I don t give many five star reviews, but this was enjoyable from start to finish, completely genuine, and a hell of a lot of fun to read Highly recommended to fans of gangster novels, private eye works, and crime or mystery dramas This was a Kindle book that I picked up while it was on sale, as an introduction to the Nathan Heller PI character I only knew a little bit about the author, that he was the guy who wrote Road to Perdition, a Tom Hanks Paul Newman movie that I ve always wanted to see but haven t gotten around to yet.I didn t think I d be making it all the way through this one, as it oozes dime store pulp detective fiction from the 30 s and 40 s, but I ll have to admit the stories quickly grew on me, not the This was a Kindle book that I picked up while it was on sale, as an introduction to the Nathan Heller PI character I only knew a little bit about the author, that he was the guy who wrote Road to Perdition, a Tom Hanks Paul Newman movie that I ve always wanted to see but haven t gotten around to yet.I didn t think I d be making it all the way through this one, as it oozes dime store pulp detective fiction from the 30 s and 40 s, but I ll have to admit the stories quickly grew on me, not the least reason why being that all of the cases in the book were based on actual crimes I soon came to realize the writing style was purposely made to echo the old detective stories, and was quickly able to play along with the author The stories aren t for everyonethere are some fairly adult situations which aren t too gratuitous, for the most part and rough language, but if you re intrigued, it might be worth a try I spent a buck on my e copy, so it wasn t a big risk and it paid out pretty well I enjoyed these short, classic style detective stories, but not as much as the original Nate Heller novel, True Detective Like the novel, the stories are set in the 1930s and 1940s, mostly in Chicago A few are set California, among the movie stars and mob figures of the day The stories are sexier that the classic private eye stories of the 30s but maintain the quick, direct style of detective magazine pieces The names and locations are interesting and the the fact that each story has a basis I enjoyed these short, classic style detective stories, but not as much as the original Nate Heller novel, True Detective Like the novel, the stories are set in the 1930s and 1940s, mostly in Chicago A few are set California, among the movie stars and mob figures of the day The stories are sexier that the classic private eye stories of the 30s but maintain the quick, direct style of detective magazine pieces The names and locations are interesting and the the fact that each story has a basis in fact makes the reading experience fun and diverting The longest story in the group would take no longer than 20 minutes to finish Try the novel, True Detective, first for acomplete background for the detective, Nate Heller, his brief stint with the Chicago police, and his involvement with Al Capone, Frank Nitti, and the assassination of the the Mayor of Chicago in the 1930s This is a collection of 13 short stories written in the noir detective fiction style of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler Nathan Heller is an ex Chicago cop trying to make a living as a private eye in the Great Depression era The author makes good use of history, with several mentions of Capone and his ilk Heller even works with Eliot Nessthan once, including cases the author notes are based on true Ness cases All of the stories are based on truth, and the author follows each one w This is a collection of 13 short stories written in the noir detective fiction style of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler Nathan Heller is an ex Chicago cop trying to make a living as a private eye in the Great Depression era The author makes good use of history, with several mentions of Capone and his ilk Heller even works with Eliot Nessthan once, including cases the author notes are based on true Ness cases All of the stories are based on truth, and the author follows each one with notes on his research of the true crime Knowing they re based on truth added a lot of interest to the stories They also took me back to when I enjoyed reading James Cain, the 87th Precinct books, and loved watching The Untouchables and Dragnet on TV.Heller s honesty in a corrupt system is the reason He s an ex cop and why he s very unpopular with other cops He also has his own sense of justice, and sometimes justice is best served by not turning in the perpetrator of a crime Since I also just read the first book in Michael Connelly s Harry Bosch series, I couldn t help but compare the two ex cops turned PI Although they re from different times, they re very similar characters I really liked these stories Heller is an interesting character, the writing is good, and I loved the true history behind the stories As the title says, this is a collection of short stories featuring Nate Heller, a Chicago private detective I haven t read any of the author s full length novels featuring this character but I really enjoyed these stories He lays out the stories, not in the order written, but in the timeframe of the lead character s life from the early 1930s to the late 1940s So we see a young Nate Heller near the beginning of his Chicago PI career to an older Nate Heller residing, at least part time, in LA.T As the title says, this is a collection of short stories featuring Nate Heller, a Chicago private detective I haven t read any of the author s full length novels featuring this character but I really enjoyed these stories He lays out the stories, not in the order written, but in the timeframe of the lead character s life from the early 1930s to the late 1940s So we see a young Nate Heller near the beginning of his Chicago PI career to an older Nate Heller residing, at least part time, in LA.The stories all involve real crimes into which the author has inserted his character Following each story, he cites the research done for each story and the actual outcome of the case While the title also refers to gunfire lightning in Chicago, the stories take place in Chicago, Cleveland, and Los Angeles Two of the stories feature Eliot Ness in a supporting role real cases Ness was involved in As a fan of old movies from the 40 s and 50 s, I particularly enjoyed his descriptions of how the characters were dressed the old movie images came leaping into my mind s eye.In my younger years, I tended to read a lot of short fiction, mostly SciFi, but drifted away from it I think the form works well for the mystery genre I recently read Grisham s Ford County and thought it was some of his best work So, if you are a fan of gangster PI myteries and a fan of short fiction, you may want to give this book a try It is available as and book from .Download Epub ⚆ Chicago Lightning: The Collected Nathan Heller Short Stories ♌ Tough, cynical, and clever, Nathan Heller has been called the perfect private eye , the best investigator that Chicago where lightning means gunfire has to offer In this engaging collection of thirteen stories, Heller encounters gangsters and petty crooks, noble doctors and quacks, loving wives and wanton women, and even the occasional honest cop All of the stories are based on real cases of the s and s, meticulously researched by award winning writer and Road to Perdition creator Max Allan Collins Heller s adventures feature some of the biggest names in twentieth century American crime history Eliot Ness, Frank Nitti, Mickey Cohen, and Jack Ruby, just to name a few Whether he is investigating a union shooting, going toe to toe with the female leader of a vicious hold up crew, or playing a homeless man to pose as bait for an insurance racket, Heller s humorous, wryly cynical tone, and knack for keen social observation make for a cracking good read I remember reading in a magazine in the early 80s that private eye books and movies were dead, never to be resurrected Supposedly, psychological crime fiction was the wave of the future I am so glad that writer got it wrong The stories in this collection are all hard boiled private eye fiction reminiscent of Dashiell Hammett, Ross McDonald, and Raymond Chandler While I noticed undertones of each of these authors, these stories are all unique and have their own unique voice Each story com I remember reading in a magazine in the early 80s that private eye books and movies were dead, never to be resurrected Supposedly, psychological crime fiction was the wave of the future I am so glad that writer got it wrong The stories in this collection are all hard boiled private eye fiction reminiscent of Dashiell Hammett, Ross McDonald, and Raymond Chandler While I noticed undertones of each of these authors, these stories are all unique and have their own unique voice Each story combines the facts of a murder case from the 1930s and 1940s with the authors speculation on how the crime was committed and who did it The detective he has created is honest enough that we want to cheer for him but isn t gullible or as clean as a Boy Scout He is tough, but he can feel pain and even fear He loves the ladies, and some of the ladies love him Others try to get something over on him and find themselves in a heap of trouble.The descriptions of scenery and characters seem almost real, as if I were watching a movie instead of reading a book I like that very much.After reading this collection, I can confidently say this is the kind of detective I would want on my case were I in trouble I haven t read any of the novels from the series, and I plan to rectify that as soon as possible Not the sort of thing you d normally consider when you think of histfic, but Max Allen Collins has impeccable credentials and knows both his era of choice and how to make a story jump off the page and grab at your throat Let s do the count Multi Shamus winner, the man that Chester Gould trusted to bring Dick Tracy into the 21st century, writer of the graphic novel The Road To Perdition, that was adapted into the highly successful movie Mac Allen Collins knows Prohibition era America, and his Not the sort of thing you d normally consider when you think of histfic, but Max Allen Collins has impeccable credentials and knows both his era of choice and how to make a story jump off the page and grab at your throat Let s do the count Multi Shamus winner, the man that Chester Gould trusted to bring Dick Tracy into the 21st century, writer of the graphic novel The Road To Perdition, that was adapted into the highly successful movie Mac Allen Collins knows Prohibition era America, and his Nate Heller stories show him at the top of his form Chicago Lightning is an anthology of Nate Heller stories, tracking the mob friendly gumshoe s rise from a one man operator on the mean streets of Chicago to the sick glamour of Golden Age Hollywood Each of the stories are rooted in real life cases, scandals and murders Heller wasn t there, but Collins is convincing enough in the details to make you think he could be This is a quick read, but a juicy and substantial one Recommended if you like it hard boiled and shot through with black humour and noir style I enjoyed this, a nice blend of historical fiction If I get a chance I m gonna check out someNate Heller detective novels I would have given this 5 stars, but the book had a couple of author s notes out of order and Halsted was misspelled once The one thing my Chicago area based book club found unusual was that despite the Chicago connections in this collection we couldn t find this book in any metro Chicago library.