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Target Lancer

Target Lancer

Written by Max Allan Collins

Narrated by Dan John Miller


Target Lancer

Written by Max Allan Collins

Narrated by Dan John Miller

ratings:
4.5/5 (5 ratings)
Length:
8 hours
Released:
Nov 27, 2012
ISBN:
9781455823031
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Description

1963. John Fitzgerald Kennedy is a lightning rod for public opinion. The handsome, youthful leader, who is prepared to take America into a brighter future, earns love from cheering crowds. But those who oppose his political agenda - including some who consider themselves betrayed by the Kennedy clan - dare to think the unthinkable: kill an American president.

Nathan Heller is Chicago's most celebrated private detective, hobnobbing with Hugh Hefner, getting written up in Life magazine, enjoying the fruits of a long career that began in a one-room office and now is a coast-to-coast agency. When he does a small favor for a friend - who handles PR for the Teamsters - Heller runs into an old West Side mob crony, a small-time hustler named Jack Ruby. And when that friend is found dead, warning signals start to flash.

Suddenly Jimmy Hoffa wants to talk to Nate . . . and so does Hoffa's arch enemy, U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. Back in '61, Heller acted as the reluctant matchmaker in the ungodly marriage between the Mob and the CIA that created the ill-fated, JFK-sanctioned plot to assassinate Fidel Castro. Now JFK is coming to Chicago and Cuban assassins have been reported in the Windy City. RFK appoints Heller as a "consultant" to the local Secret Service, knowing that Nate understands why conspirators might well target the man code-named "Lancer."
It's a big job for a PI. But with a murder to avenge and a mystery to solve, Heller's up for the challenge.

Rigorously researched, fleshing out a little-known but vital piece of the JFK assassination puzzle, Target Lancer is charged with the electric suspense of real events, and is far more truth than fiction.
Released:
Nov 27, 2012
ISBN:
9781455823031
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Max Allan Collins is an award-winning writer of mysteries, comics, thrillers, screenplays, and historical fiction. His graphic novel Road to Perdition was the basis for the 2002 Academy Award–winning film by the same name. Collins cofounded the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers and studied at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He collaborated with Mickey Spillane on several projects and is completing a number of the Mike Hammer novels that Spillane left unfinished. Collins lives in Iowa with his wife, author Barbara Collins.  


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  • (5/5)
    Nathan Heller is Collins' fictional creation, but Collins has placed Heller throughout the history of the twentieth century alongside Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Eliot Ness, and Huey long. Heller is a fictional
    character who interacted throughout the twentieth century with interesting figures and in controversial situations ranging from Eliot Ness' war on organized crime to Marilyn Monroe's last days. As bizarre and silly as the concept sounds in the abstract, in Collins' capable hands, the concept actually works and works well. Target Lancer takes it's title from the Secret Service code name for JFK. Collins takes on the controversy over JFK's assasination, keying in not on Dallas, but on the plot to kill the president a few weeks earlier in Chicago. Collins ties the plot into the machinations that began with
    hooking up the Cuban exiles with mafia elements a few years earlier. The premise is that there are so many connections with the CIA through Ruby and others and the fact that there were plots in Chicago
    and Dallas makes it hard to believe it was only a lone gunman, particularly since that loose end is eliminated. The book is an excellent read. I read it cover to cover in one night and it was a late night but worth it.

    Heller is hired to play bodyguard to a businessman who is asked to do a money drop in a strip joint. The person who appears to take the money is Jack Ruby, apparently at the behest of Hoffa. Meanwhile, the President is coming to town and bobby Kennedy convinces Heller to help the secret service ferret out the assassination team. The portraits of all these people feel right on. At least five stars for this one.
  • (4/5)
    Synopsis: There's a plot to kill JFK and it's in Chicago. Heller gets involved in the protection of the president because of his involvement with Bobby Kennedy. Nate is also trying to find out who killed one of his friends in what appears to be an unrelated situation. Hoffa, Ruby, and Oswald are all included in this story.Review: As usual, this is a well researched book with enough facts woven into the fiction to make it really interesting and to leave the reader wondering where the facts end and the fiction begins.