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Neon Mirage

(1988)
(The fourth book in the Nathan Heller series)
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Publisher's Weekly
The fourth chronicle of Collins's Nate Heller (True Detective et seq.) is set in Chicago and Las Vegas in 1946. When a gangster shoots the private detective's client, gambler James Ragen, Heller assigns himself to investigate the case. During his sleuthing, Heller meets and falls in love with Ragen's niece, Peggy Hogan. She's one of the few fictional characters in the nostalgic story that features real people and parallels actual incidents of the times. The assault on Ragen is a minor part of the events when Heller and Peggy become involved with Ben (''Bugsy'') Siegel, Virginia Hill and other notorious mob figures in Las Vegas. Generating suspense, the author describes Siegel's murder with the detective at the scene and details the shaky beginnings of the Flamingo Hotel, Siegel's unrealized dream of a luxury mecca for gamblers. There is such immediacy in narrator Heller's voice that the reader doesn't need the afterword about the novel's historic base.

Genre: Mystery    

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Hardback Editions

October 1989 : UK Hardback
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Title: Neon Mirage
Author(s): Max Allan Collins
ISBN: 0-575-04518-3 / 978-0-575-04518-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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February 1988 : USA Hardback
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Title: Neon Mirage
Author(s): Max Allan Collins
ISBN: 0-312-01484-8 / 978-0-312-01484-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: St Martins Pr
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Paperback Editions

September 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Neon Mirage (Nathan Heller Novels)
Author(s): Max Allan Collins
ISBN: 1-61218-101-5 / 978-1-61218-101-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
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January 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Neon Mirage: A Nathan Heller Mystery (Nathan Heller Novels)
Author(s): Max Allen Collins
ISBN: 0-7434-9782-1 / 978-0-7434-9782-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: ibooks Inc
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April 1991 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Neon Mirage
Author(s): Max Allan Collins
ISBN: 0-553-28548-3 / 978-0-553-28548-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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August 1990 : UK Paperback
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Title: Neon Mirage
Author(s): Max Allan Collins
ISBN: 0-575-04838-7 / 978-0-575-04838-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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Audio Editions

September 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Neon Mirage (Nathan Heller Series)
Author(s): Max Allan Collins
ISBN: 1-5012-9802-X / 978-1-5012-9802-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Neon Mirage (Nathan Heller Series)
Author(s): Max Allan Collins
ISBN: 1-4558-3585-4 / 978-1-4558-3585-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Neon Mirage (Nathan Heller Series)
Author(s): Max Allan Collins
ISBN: 1-4558-3527-7 / 978-1-4558-3527-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Neon Mirage (Nathan Heller Series)
Author(s): Max Allan Collins
ISBN: 1-4558-3538-2 / 978-1-4558-3538-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2011 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Neon Mirage (Nathan Heller Series)
Author(s): Max Allan Collins
ISBN: 1-4558-3549-8 / 978-1-4558-3549-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2011 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Neon Mirage (Nathan Heller Series)
Author(s): Max Allan Collins
ISBN: 1-4558-3560-9 / 978-1-4558-3560-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Neon Mirage: Nathan Heller, Book 4
Author(s): Max Allan Collins
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Neon Mirage: Nathan Heller, Book 4
Author(s): Max Allan Collins
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Neon Mirage: Nathan Heller, Book 4
Author(s): Max Allan Collins
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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Kindle Editions

September 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Neon Mirage (Nathan Heller Novels)
Author(s): Max Allan Collins
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
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