Nate Heller is a cop trying to stay straight in one of the most corrupt places imaginable: Prohibition-era Chicago. When he won't sell out, he's forced to quit the force and become a private investigator.
His first client is Al Capone. His best friend is Eliot Ness.
His most important order of business is staying alive.
"There's a special energy that powers True Detective, the raw brawling energy of 1933 Chicago. Collins' Chicago is perfectly convincing, and so is his detective, Nate Heller. A fine piece of craftsmanship and a deeply satisfying read." -- Laurence Block
"I knew Chicago during Prohibition was supposed to be both dangerous and exciting, and now I know why. . . . A terrific read." -- Donald E. Westlake
"One of the best stories I have ever read." -- Mickey Spillane
"True Detective succeeds on several levels, where other novels have failed on a single one. It is not only a fine private eye novel, but a damned good mystery, and interesting historical novel, and a well-crafted suspense novel." -- Robert Randisi
1984 Shamus Award Winner, Best P.I. Hardcover
Larger Cover Image, 2011 Thomas and Mercer Edition (500 x 750 JPG)
Nathan Heller Series:
True Detective | True Crime | The Million-Dollar Wound | Neon Mirage | Stolen Away | Carnal Hours | Blood and Thunder | Damned in Paradise | Flying Blind | Majic Man | Angel in Black | Chicago Confidential | Bye Bye, Baby | Target Lancer
Short Story Collections: Chicago Lightning | Triple Play