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The Titanic Murders [Abridged] [Audio Cassette]

Max Allan Collins , Charlie O'Dowd
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

October 2000
Three days into the maiden voyage that would end in disaster, a passenger is found dead inside a locked cabin — the victim of a murder. Jacques Futrelle, author of the popular "Thinking Machine" mysteries, is asked to use his knowledge of criminology to conduct a quiet investigation. Adding to the delicate nature of the inquiry is a suspect list that reads like a Who's Who of high society — and every single one of them has a motive for murder. Accompanied by his intrepid wife, May, Futrelle pursues leads all over the palatial ship in what would prove to be his greatest — and final — mystery. Once again, author Max Allan Collins creates an astonishing work of historical fiction in this vivid, enthralling account of the Titanic’s fateful passage.
--This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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About the Author

Max Allan Collins is the New York Times bestselling author of Road to Perdition and multiple award-winning novels, screenplays, comic books, comic strips, trading cards, short stories, movie novelizations, and historical fiction. He has scripted the Dick Tracy comic strip, Batman comic books, and written tie-in novels based on the CSI, Bones, and Dark Angel TV series; collaborated with legendary mystery author Mickey Spillane; and authored numerous mystery novels including the Quarry, Nolan, Mallory, and the bestselling Nathan Heller historical thrillers. His additional Disaster series mystery novels include The Titanic Murders, The Hindenburg Murders, The Pearl Harbor Murders, The London Blitz Murders, and The War of the Worlds Murder. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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Listeners may get a sinking feeling at the beginning of this book as Charlie O'Dowd reads at such a rapid pace that his words are almost incomprehensible. He races through without pause, intonation, or inflection and with little regard to description or dialogue. The words are strewn together in a seamless string of noise. But by the second chapter, O'Dowd has run out of breath and begins to read at a more reasonable pace. The third and succeeding chapters are nicely done, and listeners are rewarded for their patience with a fairly good presentation of a murder mystery. O'Dowd delivers stylish characterizations and easily accomplishes accents of many nationalities. D.L.M. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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I was a bigger fan of Mr. Collins when he wrote crime thrillers set in contemporary times (do yourself a favor and check your used book store for excellent titles like "No Cure For Death", "A Shroud For Aquarius", "Spree", and "Quarry"). For my money, no one portrayed normal people tentatively reaching out and forming connections- whether they were romantic, sexual, or just to ease oppressive loneliness- than Mr. Collins. And all this sensitively drawn character interaction took place amidst bang-up, engrossing thriller plots set in middle American locales we hadn't seen a million times before. But enough about the past; Mr. Collins now primarily devotes his time to historical mysteries, mainly his Nate Heller series that mixes real-life famous figures with his fictional characters. This clever novel, "The Titanic Murders", goes a step further: pretty much everyone in the novel is real, though of course the mystery story is fictional. Yes, we don't get the gritty realism of Collins' contemporary thrillers, but I have to say I enjoyed this speculative story about real-life mystery writer Jacques Futrelle and his final days on the Titanic. And although (like most of Collins' current historical fiction) the story is fanciful and larger than life, readers still get to enjoy glimpses of the old Collins in the form of understated, pleasing character interaction between Futrelle, his wife, and their traveling companions. I still rather see Collins write about his Nolan, Mallory, and Quarry characters, but I honestly did enjoy this well-researched, involving, and fast-paced thriller, which is a genuine cut above most of the "quickie" Titanic products that flooded the market after the success of the James Cameron film.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Detail-dropping hurts a decent mystery May 3 2000
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At first it seems promising- a Titanic novel with real characters, and it's not a romance either. These are both very, very rare things in this field, so despite the title I awaited The Titanic Murders with eagerness. Once I actually read it, though, I found myself disappointed. It is researched carefully, with a great attention to detail, but the use of said details is probably its greatest fault. Collins drops details the way another person would drop names- he can't seem to resist the urge to toss every possible character, incident and reference from the Titanic into his story, and they aren't that well-integrated either. The effect, rather than one of refreshing reality, ends up being more irritating than anything else. Another issue was that, given Collins' care in having every character be a real person, he did not seem to bother to learn much about the real personalities of some. His vastly out-of-character version of J. Bruce Ismay is not only absolutely nothing like the man, it's not even much like the stereotypes of him from later Titanic movies and literature. He seems to have made this beyond-arrogant, aggressive and tricky-minded person of which he writes up out of whole cloth. At least he got the physical description perfectly (the 6'4" Ismay has been turned into a short man in Titanic novels before) as well as a few aspects and habits (the nervous smile) that were fact-based. Most of the rest of the cast (except Futrelle himself, about whom I don't know enough to judge) also struck me as slightly stereotyped. I do have to commend Collins on his writing of the mystery story itself and on the characterization of his star. His research, though I didn't like the way it was applied, was stunning and made this possibly the most factual fictional Titanic. Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read, But..... July 11 1999
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I really don't have any qualms with the execution of this story. The concept of having mystery writer Jacques Futrelle solve a murder aboard the Titanic before he himself met with death before the ship sank is a good one, and I have to also commend Collins for getting the atmosphere of the Titanic down to a T.
However, I have to confess I was deeply distressed to discover that the two villains of this piece, John Crafton and Hugh Rood, were not made up names used for the occasion but were in fact the names of very real people who were lost aboard the Titanic, and whose identities were appropriated by Mr. Collins solely because he could find nothing about them. This is something that I find distasteful. The fact that not much is known about Mr. Rood or Mr. Crafton is not a valid reason for turning them into the figures of convenience for Mr. Collins's story, and I think he would not have dampened the authentic feel of the story by simply using made up names for the occasion. I find it incredible that Mr. Collins did not bother to contact anyone connected with the Titanic Historical Society or Titanic International, where the scholars there know practically everything about every passenger who sailed aboard the ship. Indeed, the book "Titanic: The Exhibition" does mention that Mr. Crafton came from Roachdale, IN while Mr. Rood was from Seattle. No doubt, there were people who grieved for them as surely as there were people who grieved for the more famous people like the hero, Jacques Futrelle. Mr. Collins may take comfort that he bothered to not dig deep enough about these two men to find out if he were offending anyone, but I find his claim of respect for Titanic's victims to be very hollow when he's not willing to give them the same respect.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very, very soggy
Reading this was akin to drinking a cocktail compounded of cardboard, glue, and tap water. It is lifeless, unimaginative, plodding, predictable, and slow. Read more
Published on June 5 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be....
Max Allan Collins makes history come to life and you find yourself thinking...."well, maybe"... Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2002 by Amy Leemon
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad...
Collins uses a real passenger on the Titanic, Jacques Futrelle (author of the wonderful mystery short story "The Problem of Cell 13" [amongst others], and who was lost... Read more
Published on Sept. 12 2002 by meiringen
3.0 out of 5 stars What would happen if Jessica Fletcher were on the Love Boat?
That's pretty much how it goes... light murder-mystery fare set on the world's most famous doomed liner. OK for fans of the genre or die-hard TITANIC enthusiasts. Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars GENERALLY A GOOD, QUICK READ
I was immediatley drawn into the premise of this book simply because I have been a Titanic buff for over 15 years, and I was happy to discover it was not a love/class story. Read more
Published on May 17 2000 by H O'Fallon
5.0 out of 5 stars New Twist On An Old Tale!
I have read very little in the way of mysteries. However as a shipwreck buff in general and more specifically a Titanic buff, I was very interested int his book. Mr. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2000 by Marguerite S. Mehalick
5.0 out of 5 stars Collins takes on Christie in a fight to the death!
Hard-boiled fans know that when it comes to historical mysteries, Max Allan Collins' Nathan Heller novels are second to none. Read more
Published on April 22 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. Fact filled, a nail biter. A delicious read
This is the type of mystery you hope to find between the covers of a book. Having been a amateur Titanic buff for years, I'm delighted with all the new books with the Titanic as a... Read more
Published on April 6 1999
Published on March 20 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A titanic historical mystery
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