RARA-AVIS: True Detective

From: Anderson, Erick (Adecco ETW) ( Erick.Anderson@nike.com)
Date: 10 Jan 2002

George and others who have not read Max Allan Collins' True Detective series:

Put this high on your to do list. Collins' early novels, including the one George mentions, True Detective, and the follow-ups, True Crime, The Million Dollar Wound, and one or two others (?) (it's been awhile since I've read them), are a brilliant melding of gritty detective fiction in a dead-on historical setting. Great characters from history, from CHicago Mayor Anton Cermak to George Raft. Best read in order. Collins also has an entire series of books with protagonist Eliot Ness, but for my money these are lesser efforts than the True Detective entries.

Best Regards, Erick Anderson

P.S. I'm a new subscriber to Rara-avis; a die-hard, hard-boiled reader (and sometimes writer), and overjoyed to have stumbled across the list.

George U. wrote (in part):

In the alternative, does anyone have a favorite hard-boiled historical detective writer? The only novel I can think of off the top of my head is the Eliot Ness book Max A. Collins wrote, which I think is called TRUE DETECTIVE and which sits in my TBR pile. I know there are a number of others, but I can't think of them and don't have access to my normal research tools until the semester starts up again next week. Aren't some of the Pelecanos D.C. novels historical?

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