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Eliot Ness and the Mad Butcher: Hunting America's Deadliest Unidentified Serial Killer At The Dawn Of Modern Criminology Hardcover – Illustrated, 6 January 2021

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A deeply researched book which reads like a thriller and sheds new light on a poorly understood modern American icon. Crime history doesn't get a lot better than that.--Sunday Times (London)

"Collins and Schwartz bring their usual novelistic chops...laying out a compulsive and insightful story."--CrimeReads

An excellent biography that reads like a thriller. ... A worthwhile, entertaining reading experience.--New York Journal of Books

"After helping to put Al Capone behind bars, lawman Eliot Ness came to Cleveland, where he did battle with a vicious killer. ... The authors have done Ness justice. ... Deeply researched.--Wall Street Journal

A careening read that's full of surprises. ... Collins and Schwartz deliver a nimble, taut tale. More importantly, they offer a portrait of a complex crime fighter who believed in science and reason at a time when most officers smacked suspects around with a blackjack, a portrait set against a backdrop of ethnic and class collisions, labor unrest, and political intrigue Catnip for true-crime buffs.--Kirkus Reviews

"Meticulously researched."--Publishers Weekly

"Thoroughly researched and well paced. ... A successful blend of history and suspense."--Library Journal

About the Author

MAX ALLAN COLLINS has earned an unprecedented seven Private Eye Writers of America “Shamus” nominations for his “Nathan Heller” historical thrillers, winning twice (True Detective, 1983, and Stolen Away, 1991). Termed “mystery’s Renaissance Man” (by Ed Hoch in The Best Mystery and Suspense Stories of 1993), Collins has created three celebrated contemporary suspense series --Nolan, Quarry and Mallory (thief, hitman and mystery writer respectively). He has also written four widely praised historical thrillers about real-life “Untouchable” Eliot Ness; and is an accomplished writer of short fiction: “Louise,” his contribution to the popular anthology Deadly Allies, was a Mystery Writers of America “Edgar” nominee for best short story of 1992.Collins is also the one of publishing industry’s leading authors of movie tie-in novels, including the international bestsellers In the Line of Fire (Jove, 1993), Maverick (Signet, 1994), Waterworld (Boulevard, 1995), Daylight (Boulevard, 1996), Air Force One (Ballantine, 1997), and Saving Private Ryan (Signet, 1998). He has written two original NYPD BLUE novels for Stephen Boccho and Signet Books, Blue Beginning (1995) and Blue Blood (1997). And if that’s not enough Max scripted the internationally syndicated comic strip DICK TRACY from 1977 to 1993, wrote three TRACY novels; is co-creator (with artist Terry Beatty) of the pioneering female P.I. comic-book feature MS. TREE, and has written both the BATMAN comic book and newspaper strip. He also hasan epic graphic novel about Capone-era crime, Road to Perdition, coming out from Paradox Press/DC Comics shortly.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins US; Illustrated edition (6 January 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 576 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0062881973
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062881977
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 3.56 x 22.86 cm
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Misleading Title
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5.0 out of 5 stars The true story of Eliot Ness
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