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Dark City Audio Cassette – Abridged, Aug 1998

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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Sunset Productions; Abridged edition (August 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564312348
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564312341
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.9 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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About the Author

NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING author Max is a prolific American mystery writer who has been called "mystery's Renaissance man". He has written novels, screenplays, comic books, comic strips, trading cards, short stories, movies and historical fiction. He wrote the graphic novel Road to Perdition (which was developed into a film in 2002). He has also written two novel sequels to Road to Perdition - Road to Purgatory and Road to Paradise. He has also served as the creative consultant for a number of major productions, and has written books and comics based on the TV series franchise CSI. More recently, he has written a book, Buried Deep, based on the TV Series Bones. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you ever get a copy of this book, I believe that it is a must read. For ones who are narrow in your thinking, it will make you broader. For those who are prideful, it causes a humbling effect. It makes you take a different look at race relations and regional stereotypes.
The ending paralyzed me in my chair.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An interesting mix of fact and fiction. Feb. 8 2009
By Michael G. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Dark City by Max Allan Collins takes place in the Cleveland of 1935-36. It features real life G-man Eliot Ness who, having left Chicago behind, now serves as Director of Public Safety in the city of Cleveland.

Appointed to the position by a reform minded mayor, Ness is charged with cleaning up Cleveland's hopelessly corrupt police department. The narrative unfolds in a straightforward manner with fact and fiction comingled to make for very interesting reading. As Ness methodically goes about the task of ferreting out the "bent" cops in his midst, a subplot concerning his personal life is skillfully added in.

The Dark City succeeds in telling an interesting tale. It's a work of fiction but owes much to actual events known to have occured in and around Depression era Cleveland. A solid 4 star effort, well researched and clearly told.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Max Allen Collins is always worth reading March 10 2014
By R. Penn - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
For anybody who loves crime novels, Max Allen Collins is the gold standard. He weaves his novels around real people in real historical contexts. The results are not only fun to read, but you actually learn something in the process. This is the first book in Collins' series about Eliot Ness, the real crime fighter who brought down Al Capone. Collins chooses to start this series in 1935, after Ness has become a national figure with his Untouchables. Prohibition is over, and Ness accepts a new job, cleaning up the crooked police department in Cleveland. There is Collins' usual skillful mix of real and fictional characters. He does thorough research before interpreting real events in interesting ways, incorporating his fictional take on personal details like Ness's unhappy marital history. There's a sad, dark edge to the real Eliot Ness, and Collins does a fine job of showing him as a multidimensional person. I plan to read the rest of this series and can also highly recommend Collins' Nate Heller series, in which Ness appears often with Heller, the fictional detective. Highly recommend!!
Great Novel, Terrible eBook. April 14 2014
By Nate Gallant - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Great MAC novel, as per usual. Massive fan of the Nathan Heller, Jack Starr and Ms. Tree series and MAC in general. Can't believe I overlooked the Eliot Ness novels for so long.

Not much I care to say about the novel other than it's exactly what Collins's fans expect from him: a fast-paced, easy-to-read, one-two punch of crime and mystery. I enjoyed getting bigger doses of Collins's version of Ness than we do (although admittedly frequently) in the Heller series.

The novel is great. The eBook, however, is terrible. Extremely-poorly assembled, with copious typos, random breaks (or lack thereof, such as two people's dialogue all being one continuous wall o'text, separated only by quotation marks, mid-way through the book) and very silly punctuation errors. Since this is an eBook of a nearly-30 year-old novel, I assume someone simply typed out the novel and never bothered to do any proof-reading.

If not for the annoying reading experience of the eBook, this would definitely be a five-star review. As it is, I gotta deduct at least one for poor presentation of a great piece of fiction.
Still Untouchable Oct. 28 2013
By John e bell - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Collins weaves a good story that is believable and historically close to the mark while leaving no doubt that this is a novel. The names of the bad guys have been changed "to protect the guilty". If you are a fan of the old tv series, you will see a lot of the old Elliot in Collins' portrayal. Quarry series is good, this is better.
Very good read Sept. 18 2015
By R. Johnson - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
All the Max Collins books I have read are based upon historical events which he embellishes with fictional characters and nuances. Consequently, at least for this one, twists and surprises are largely absent. In spite of this, I found the book very interesting and entertaining. I recommend it for those who like historical fiction.