Better Dead

CD - unabridged
Audio (9 discs)
Product Number: CM0412
Released: Aug 05, 2016
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ISBN: #9781501912535
Narrator/s: Dan John Miller
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It's the early 1950's. Ju McCarthy is campaigning to rid America of the Red Menace. Nate Heller is doing legwork for the senator, though the Chicago detective is disheartened by McCarthy's witch-hunting tactics. He's made friends with a young staffer, Bobby Kennedy, while trading barbs with a potential enemy, the attorney Roy Cohn, who rubs Heller the wrong way. Not the least of which for successfully prosecuting the so-called Atomic Bomb spies, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. When famous mystery writer Dashiell Hammett comes to Heller representing a group of showbiz and literary leftists who are engaged in a last minute attempt to save the Rosenbergs, Heller decides to take on the case. Heller will have to play both sides to do this, and when McCarthy also tasks Heller to find out what the CIA has on him, Heller reluctantly agrees. His main lead is an army scientist working for the C.I.A. who admits to Heller that he's been having misgivings about the work he's doing and elliptically referring to the Cold War making World War II look like a tea party. And then the scientist gus missing.


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Better Dead
Product Number: BX00046966
Product Number:Z12085
Product Number:CM0412

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Author(s): Max Allan Collins
Narrator(s): Dan John Miller
Product Number Z12085
Released: May 20, 2016
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ISBN: #9781501912542
Author(s): Max Allan Collins
Product Number EB00627166
Released: May 03, 2016
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Professional reviews

"Within 10 minutes, listeners know the plot of this noir mystery, narrated by gravel-voiced Dan John Miller. The story is set during the Communist witch hunts of the early 1950s and includes as characters Senator Joe McCarthy, Robert Kennedy, and other famous people from that era. When Nathan Heller, P.I. to the stars, is hired by Dashiell Hammett and friends to investigate the truth behind the Rosenberg espionage case, he must navigate rocky political shoals. Miller's performance is full of broad Boston accents, gritty P.I. speak with plenty of innuendo, and the incessant paranoia of McCarthy and his fellow HUAC prosecutors. As Heller goes undercover working for McCarthy, he weaves between the Rosenbergs, secrets, and conspiracies. Miller's dramatic narration brings alive this chilling period of history. M.B.K. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"