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Better Dead

(2016)
(Book 18 in the Nathan Heller series)
A novel by

 
 
It's the early 1950s. Ju McCarthy is campaigning to rid America of the Red Menace. Nate Heller is doing legwork for the senator, though the Chicago detective is disheartened by McCarthy's witch-hunting tactics. He's made friends with a young staffer, Bobby Kennedy, while trading barbs with a potential enemy, the attorney Roy Cohn, who rubs Heller the wrong way. Not the least of which for successfully prosecuting the so-called Atomic Bomb spies, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

When famous mystery writer Dashiell Hammett comes to Heller representing a group of showbiz and literary leftists who are engaged in a last minute attempt to save the Rosenbergs, Heller decides to take on the case. Heller will have to play both sides to do this, and when McCarthy also tasks Heller to find out what the CIA has on him, Heller reluctantly agrees. His main lead is an army scientist working for the CIA who admits to Heller that he's been having misgivings about the work he's doing and elliptically referring to the Cold War making World War II look like a tea party. And then the scientist goes missing.

Genre: Mystery    

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Used availability for Max Allan Collins's Better Dead

Hardback Editions

September 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: Better Dead (A Nathan Heller Thriller)
Author(s): Max Allan Collins
ISBN: 1-4104-9244-3 / 978-1-4104-9244-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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May 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: Better Dead: A Nathan Heller Thriller
Author(s): Max Allan Collins
ISBN: 0-7653-7828-0 / 978-0-7653-7828-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Forge Books
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Audio Editions

May 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Better Dead
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May 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Better Dead
Author(s): Max Allan Collins
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May 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Better Dead
Author(s): Max Allan Collins
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Kindle Editions

May 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Better Dead: A Nathan Heller Thriller
Author(s): Max Allan Collins
Publisher: Forge Books
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