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' Nat Heller series, in which Ness appears often with Heller, the fictional detective. Highly recommend!!