Max Allan Collins is the author of the Shamus Award-winning Nathan Heller historical thrillers; his other books include the New York Times bestseller Saving Private Ryan and the bestselling CSI series. His comics writing ranges from the graphic novel Road to Perdition, source of the Tom Hanks film, to long runs as scripter of the “Dick Tracy” comic strip and his own innovative “Ms. Tree.” Collins is also a screenwriter and a leading Indie filmmaker. He lives in Iowa with his wife, writer Barbara Collins, and their son, Nathan.
Flying Blind (Nathan Heller Series #9)by Max Allan Collins
In 1935, Nate Heller is hired to escort Amelia Earhart on a speaking tour due to numerous cut-and-paste death threats against her life. Heller suspects the threats are a stunt by Earhart's publicity-hungry husband, and the detective’s growing closeness to the bisexual aviatrix leads to a steamy affair. Two years later, when Earhart embarks on her flight around the worldand mysteriously disappears over the South PacificUncle Sam enlists Heller in a clandestine search of Japanese waters for the popular Earhart...and the top-secret plane she was flying. Blending the unsolved mystery and historical facts swirling around Earhart’s disappearance with Heller’s sarcastic wit, Max Allan Collins delivers another riveting tale of intrigue and betrayal, taking Heller far from his native Chicago. As he investigates, Heller discovers a treacherous plot involving marital betrayal and the U.S. government. Heller’s secret undercover mission leads to Saipan where Earhart is believed to be held prisoner. But Nate’s heartbreaking attempted rescue leads the detective to return, many years later, to extract his final revenge.
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I picked up Flying Blind at my local library the day before leaving on a week-long trip to Jamaica during the Winter of '98. I am sad to say, especially since I am a professional writer, that I picked the book soely for it's cover: a picture of Amelia Earhart, someone whose life I have always had the greatest curiosity in. Man, I was not ready for the ride that Collins took me on. Day in and day out on my trip, I read every delicious plot twist in every open pocket of time I could find. And when I finally closed the book on the flight home, I let out a huge sigh, one for being glad the breathless race was over, and two, for missing the wonderful story. It is because of this book, that I now consider Collins one of the finest mystery and thriller writers I have ever had the honor of reading. And did he really write Saving Pri