Triple Play Title: Triple Play
Release: April 17, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-6121-8092-2
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer





Since his introduction in 1983’s True Detective, Chicago-based private eye Nathan Heller has handily earned his spot alongside American crime-fiction greats Phillip Marlowe, Archie Goodwin, and Mike Hammer. Now the classic gumshoe is back in this collection of three novellas, all based on real cases of the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s. In "Dying in the Post-War World", Heller returns from combat to find his marriage a shambles and himself square in the middle of the notorious Lipstick Killer case of 1946. "Kisses of Death" follows the PI into the 1950s, when he is hired to guard Marilyn Monroe. The famous starlet’s intellectual pursuits eventually take Heller to Greenwich Village and a grisly murder. And in "Strike Zone", Heller is hired by zany baseball manager Bill Veeck to investigate the 1961 murder of a famous pinch hitter, whose private life will suck Nate into a dangerous new world of little people and big sins. With Triple Play, New York Times-bestselling author Max Allan Collins has pried back the lid of history to reveal the ugly, entertaining truth behind three of the twentieth century’s most shocking crimes.


1992 Shamus Award Nominee, Best P.I. Short Story: "Dying in the Post-War World"


Ed Gorman Blog: "If you have somehow never made acquaintance with Mr. Heller I suggest this is a fine introduction....[Dying in the Post-War World] is one of the most cunning, shocking and powerful things Max has ever written. For anybody who wants to write this should be mandatory reading....This is a major addition to the Nathan Heller body of work. Snap it up right away."

Pulp Fiction Reviews: "three Heller novellas, each a delicious reading gem and worthy addition to the Heller canon." "If like me, you’re a Nathan Heller fan, then you have to pick this up. If you are one of those yet to have encountered Collins’ pragmatic, world-weary hero then we can’t think of a better way to make that introduction."


Cover Image (550 x 825 JPG)

Return to Book List