A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Monday, July 13, 2015
7/13/1934 Nate Heller encounters True Crime
July 13, 1934. Max Allan Collins' novels about Nate Heller set the detective in the middle of 1930s Chicago, mixing with real and fictional villains. In this case Heller is looking for gangster John Dillinger, who has supposedly been killed by the FBI's Melvin Purvis. Along the way he meets Baby Face Nelson, Ma Barker, and a bunch of other naughty folk.
with low-life meanness and cynical humor...enough perverse twists,
gritty period color, and sheer violent momentum to keep crime buffs,
‘true’ or otherwise, eagerly turning the pages.”—New York Times Book