By Max Allan Collins
(Forge Books, Mass Market Paperback, 9780765361479, 320pp.)
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
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Long before November 22, 1963, Nathan Heller, "P.I. to the Stars," knows that a conspiracy is in the works. Several years earlier, Heller had been involved with the Kennedys, the Mob, and the CIA in the early stages of a plan to assassinate Fidel Castro. Shortly after, Heller's Mafia contact is murdered.
After being interrogated by gangsters and contacted by U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy, Heller realizes that he may be the one person who can prevent a devastating political assassination. Only he knows all the players; only he knows why a web of conspirators has targeted the man known to the Secret Service as "Lancer," John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
Rigorously researched, Max Allan Collins's Target Lancer is far more truth than fiction.
MAX ALLAN COLLINS is the bestselling author of the graphic novel Road to Perdition, the basis for the hit film starring Tom Hanks. He has won two Shamus Awards for previous Nathan Heller novels. His recent Heller mysteries include Ask Not and Bye Bye, Baby. He lives in Muscatine, Iowa.
Target Lancer is a fresh treatment of the runup to the most significant single event of the twentieth century, and Nate Heller is the perfect protagonist to lead us through it. Max Allan Collins has hit a home run.
Target Lancer may well reinvigorate the conspiracy theory arguments around the assassination of JFK. It's another winner for Max Allan Collins and his Nathan Heller series and an important historical novel about the Kennedy era.
Max Allan Collins can lay claim to being the master of true-crime fiction...a seamless juxtaposition of narrative cunning and historical cross-referencing.
The Nate Heller historical crime novels consistently mesmerize with their carefully researched period detail--Noir Meets the History Channel.
Collins turns real-life events into a cogent fictionalized mystery plot and real people into full-fleshed characters.
No one can twist you through a maze with the intensity and suspense of Max Allan Collins.
A whirlwind tour of the story surrounding Marilyn Monroe's untimely demise as it might have been covered in the garish pages of Confidential magazine, or by TMZ for that matter, with more grit than George Baxt's Hollywood mysteries.
Collins's twist on the American mystery simply can't be put down.