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Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The first volume, Triple Play featured novellas and longer short stories. This volume covers the more standard sized short stories. This collection of thirteen stories fill in some gaps in the Heller cases. A few are cases that are referred to in the Heller novels. Collins says that he prefers to write novels more than short stories, but you wouldn't know that from the stories in this collection.
Heller is at some of his finest. The novel Angel in Black is a sequel to this story. In "Scrap" Heller does a job for an old neighborhood friend named Jake Rubenstein. Rubenstein is a minor racketeer mixed up in a crooked union.
We meet Rubenstein again in Collins' novel Target Lancer. Of course most of us know Rubenstein by the name that he used when he moved to Dallas: These are good stories and it is enjoyable to occasionally see Heller work on a case that doesn't involve a famous character. The more I read the Heller novels I don't know why someone hasn't jumped on the chance to make these into a series. These short stories prove that Heller isn't just a vehicle that Collins uses to talk about famous cases. Of course those of us who have read the books could readily attest to Heller's likability.
Of course I would only like to see it if Collins were part of the project. Nothing would be worse than seeing these fun, well written stories messed up. Don't wait for a TV deal. Get the Nathan Heller novels and story collections by Max Allan Collins and enjoy some really great hardboiled, noir fiction. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. I hadn't read any of the Heller novels since "The Million Dollar Wound," but when this came up as the Kindle daily deal I couldn't pass it up.
A great collection of snappy short stories that you can read one or two at a sitting and not get tied down.
Collins' dialogue is terrific, and Heller is enough of a smartass to rub the regular cops the wrong way and keep you entertained. Sometimes Nate seems to have a "light bulb" moment without enough evidence in the story so things get wrapped up a little too tidily. I think many of these stories were for crime magazines and had to be kept a little brief, but they're so entertaining that an extra pages to flesh them out would have been even more welcome.
Seeing Heller interact with historical figures like Elliott Ness, and solve real life mysteries is a real treat, and I liked Collins notes at the end of each story as well. If you've never been introduced to Nate Heller it's time you met a true original throwback. This was my first read of Max Collins and I have to say I don't read much detective novels or true crime so I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading the Nathan Heller short stories.
I didn't try to solve the cases or bother to evaluate the realism of how Heller came to the conclusions rather I just enjoyed my time reading the stories and felt transformed to that time period. It was a good break and I will definitely read more of Nathan Heller stories. One person found this helpful.
The collection is well written skip the prologue and kept me interested and wanting more.
Chicago Lightning: The Collected Nathan Heller Short Stories (Unabridged)
I think I prefer the author's novels, but I can easily recommend this book wholeheartedly. The stories are written around real events in Chicago, LA and Cleveland. Part of the fun of the stories was looking up the real events portrayed,and realizing how well researched the stories are.. I've been a huge fan of Max Allan Collins' Nate Heller series since I discovered "True Detective" in junior high, and this short story compilation is a wonderful addition to his Heller novels.
Collins is one of the few authors that keeps the "true" hardboiled private eye genre alive for fans of Hammett and Spillane, Chandler and Ross Macdonald, and in re-reading his series this year so that my memory was refreshed when "Bye Bye Baby" was released this summer, I fell in love with his work all over again. Max seamlessly weaves his fictional character in with historical figures and events, putting Nate Heller right in the middle of the action as it goes down, and there is never a dull moment in any of his work. The writing is always crisp and the dialogue is always sharp, and the characters, both fictional and real life, are always well-drawn and interesting to meet.
The historical detail is amazing and I've enjoyed how Nate has "solved" some of the most famous unsolved crimes of our times. I definitely recommend ALL of the Nate Heller novels, they're a wonderfully exciting read that will keep you turning the pages loooong after your bedtime, and Collins' crisp prose and historical details, along with the fast-paced action and amazing characters does the hardboiled genre justice A nice diversion, they remind me of classic detective stories like you'd read in a magazine from the 40s.
It's a collection of short stories, a good bathroom book. They make me wish I could read a whole novel in this genre. Kindle Edition , pages. Published first published October 4th Nathan Heller 17, short stories.
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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Chicago Lightning , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jun 13, HBalikov rated it really liked it. Collins offers a unique blend of true crime and hard-boiled detective. The cases are as realistic as the settings and Collins gets it all right. The short story format makes for fast-paced action rather than character development, but the Nate Heller at the beginning has changed or evolved by the time that the last case is put in the file.
This is my first exposure to Collins and Heller and I am sufficiently captivated that Collins offers a unique blend of true crime and hard-boiled detective. This is my first exposure to Collins and Heller and I am sufficiently captivated that I will try one of the novels in the near future Oct 07, Kath rated it it was amazing. 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. There were obviously words and phrases that I didnt completely follow, being English and not familiar with '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 bit more digging and found out that all the Nathan Heller back catalogue have been released on Kindle at Amazon and at a pretty good price too.
Have to admit I one-clicked the lot! Jan 18, Casey Harris rated it really liked it. 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 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 everyone I spent a buck on my e-copy, so it wasn't a big risk and it paid out pretty well. Aug 02, Rob Wickings rated it really liked it. 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.
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.
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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. Nov 25, Victor Carson rated it liked it Shelves: 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 s and s, 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.
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 a more complete 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 s. May 22, Dennis rated it really liked it Shelves: I enjoyed this, a nice blend of historical fiction.
If I get a chance I'm gonna check out some more Nate 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.
Dec 11, Michel Brooks rated it really liked it Shelves: Good set of short stories. Historical fiction is the best way to describe set back in the 's and 's. Jun 18, Nev Thomas rated it liked it. Good short stories of tough guy private eye of the 30's. Jan 23, Monica Willyard rated it really liked it Shelves: 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! 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. Each story combines the facts of a murder case from the s and s with the authors speculation on how the crime was committed and who did it. 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. Nov 18, Cat. OK, these were good stories. Nate's kind of a jerk in a lot of ways, at least when viewed through the modern eye, but he is a perfect example of noir fiction, which is fun.
I guess what I'm saying is that if unenlightened comments re women, minorities, LGBT people, and anyone other than non-white men are going to piss you off, consider yourself warned. It was fun to watch Heller evo OK, these were good stories. It was fun to watch Heller evolve over the decades these stories cover, from about into the '50s. And the snippets of background after each story were fun too, giving a good anchor into the reality of the times. Jun 30, David Williams rated it it was amazing.
The first volume, Triple Play featured novellas and longer short stories. This volume covers the more standard sized short stories. This collection of thirteen stories fill in some gaps in the Heller cases. A few are cases that are referred to in the Heller novels.
Heller is at some of his finest. The novel Angel in Black is a sequel to this story. Rubenstein is a minor racketeer mixed up in a crooked union. Of course most of us know Rubenstein by the name that he used when he moved to Dallas: Of course I would only like to see it if Collins were part of the project. Nothing would be worse than seeing these fun, well written stories messed up.
Get the Nathan Heller novels and story collections by Max Allan Collins and enjoy some really great hardboiled, noir fiction. Jan 23, Rob Ballister rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.
Chicago Lightning by Max Allan Collins
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.
Nov 24, Jim rated it really liked it Recommends it for: 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 s to the late s.