Ask Not

By Max Allan Collins
(Forge Books, Hardcover, 9780765336262, 320pp.)

Publication Date: October 22, 2013

Other Editions of This Title: Mass Market Paperback

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Chicago, September 1964. Beatlemania sweeps the nation, the Vietnam War looms, and the Warren Commission prepares to blame a “lone-nut” assassin for the killing of President John F. Kennedy. But as the post-Camelot era begins, a suspicious outbreak of suicides, accidental deaths, and outright murders decimates assassination witnesses. When Nathan Heller and his son are nearly run down on a city street, the private detective wonders if he himself might be a loose end. . . .

 

Soon a faked suicide linked to President Johnson’s corrupt cronies takes Heller to Texas, where celebrity columnist Flo Kilgore implores him to explore that growing list of dead witnesses. With the blessing of Bobby Kennedy—former US attorney general, now running for Senator from New York—Heller and Flo investigate the increasing wave of violence that seems to emanate from the notorious Mac Wallace, rumored to be LBJ’s personal hatchet man.

 

Fifty years after JFK’s tragic death, Collins’s rigorous research for Ask Not raises new questions about the most controversial assassination of our time.




About the Author

MAX ALLAN COLLINS is the author of the acclaimed graphic novel Road to Perdition (basis for the Academy Award–winning Tom Hanks film) and its sequels.  Publication of Ask Not, the concluding novel in Collins's JFK trilogy, marks the thirtieth year of his Nathan Heller mysteries. An independent filmmaker, Collins lives in eastern Iowa.




Praise For Ask Not

For Target Lancer

“Collins has not only devised an original take on what may well be the most-written-about crime in history but also made Heller’s role in the case plausible.”
Publishers Weekly

 

Target Lancer brings us a different, fact-based assassination scenario, eerily paralleling the Dealey Plaza nightmare.” —Kirkus Reviews

 

“Collins spins a fascinating tale with appearances by Jack Ruby, Jimmy Hoffa, and Bobby Kennedy. Gripping from the get-go, this will satisfy both Heller fans and assassination wonks ever eager for a new spin on the story.” —Booklist

 

Praise for Bye Bye, Baby

“Noir meets the History Channel—Collins effortlessly weaves his historical material into a fast-moving narrative.”

--Booklist

 

“Max Allan Collins can lay claim to being the master of true-crime fiction. . . a seamless juxtaposition of narrative cunning and historical cross-referencing.” 

--Chicago Magazine

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