Chicago Lightning by Max Allan Collins © 2011, Thomas & Mercer 2011 trade paper – mystery short story collection– Nate Heller
I’ve only read a couple of Collins’ Nate Heller novels, enjoyed them very much and have several more waiting on the shelf for the right time. So I was glad to see a new book listing for this and bought it right away. I had time for a short story collection recently when I was ill, and this was just the ticket.
This book collects 13 stories, all set in Chicago early in Heller’s career. Some tell the same or part of the same story from different perspectives or with a slightly time frame, but all are interesting, well written and I found them page-turning.
As far as I know, this is the only collection of Heller stories existing, or at least in print. A very satisfying collection which offers many insights into the character Heller was and will become.