The Hindenburg Murders Audio Cassette – Abridged, Oct 2000
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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 Audio CD edition.
In 1937, the zeppelin Hindenburg leaves Germany on its fateful flight, with numerous passengers, includ-ing Leslie Charteris, creator of The Saint mysteries, SS officers, and many others. Charteris becomes embroiled in an investigation to discover who has planted a bomb on the zeppelin and when it will go off. Charlie O'Dowd's enthusiastic performance is reflected in the pace of his words as he delivers the exciting action scenes. Collins has created a fast-talking 1930s mystery replete with interesting characters and plot twists. The production is marred only by decreased volume when the dialogue is delivered, but O'Dowd's emotional involvement in the story moves it along. M.B.K. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
Top Customer Reviews
An SS informer mysterious vanishes, and the writer thinks an unknown assailant(s) tossed the missing person off the ship during the night. The officers fear bad publicity and the reaction of their own government. They ask Charteris to discretely investigate what happened to the SS informer. During his inquiries, he learns more than he wants to know about the passengers, the reaction to world events, and the military gamesmanship going on board the ship. Charteris is the only person left living who knows what really happened over the ocean and over New Jersey.
Using an actual catastrophe within the framework of a mystery entertains readers while educating the audience as to a world's reaction to Hitler just before the war. The protagonist, the renowned author of the Saint novels, symbolizes the upcoming battle with the Nazis even as he appears too self-indulgent, making for an interesting dichotomy. Max Allan Collins has become one of the masters of the twentieth century historical mystery and THE HINDENBURG MURDERS will only augment his growing reputation.
Collins choice of Leslie Charteris as his protagonist is ideal. Charteris was a colorful character in his own right and he *was* a passenger on the Hindenburgh (on it's maiden voyage though not on the final trip). Collin's also uses the real names of the passengers and crew for his fictitious characters, creates a credible mystery around the events in pre-war Nazi Germany and builds to a spectacular climax. All makes for very satisfying reading.
Not only will I be looking for more Max Allan Collins this book has made me want to find out more about the Hinderburgh and to re-read the Saint stories.
Most recent customer reviews
As a mystery writer with my debut novel in current release, I am greatly impressed by Max Allan Collins and his HINDENBURG MURDERS. Read morePublished on July 12 2001 by Kent Braithwaite
Max Allan Collins turns in a fast, fun adventure based on a historical catastrophe (his forte, it seems). Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2000 by Christopher J. Schillig
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