Stolen Away

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Stolen Away

Stolen Away By Max Allan Collins Stolen Away In this brilliant new novel in the New York Times bestselling series Detective Nathan Heller tackles his most notorious case the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby

  • Title: Stolen Away
  • Author: Max Allan Collins
  • ISBN: 9780451202413
  • Page: 363
  • Format: Paperback
  • Stolen Away By Max Allan Collins In this brilliant new novel in the New York Times bestselling series, Detective Nathan Heller tackles his most notorious case the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby.
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    1. David Highton on said:

      The fifth in the Nate Heller series, this jumps right back to 1932 when Nate is still in the Chicago police The Heller books are very well researched and cleverly insert him into major events in this case the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby and the follow up over the next 4 years A very long book, with many twists and turns, which like the real case, never arrives at a solid conclusion

    2. Amberjean on said:

      This was at least 200% longer than it should have been The writing was painfully self aware it not being 1936, doing an unselfconscious Raymond Chandler might actually be physically impossible , the personal relationships were poorly handled, and the whole thing just didn t hang together very well As I said, at a much shorter length, it might have been very entertaining, and it did have some wholesome midwestern charm, but overall, not so great.

    3. Dave on said:

      In 1932, Charles Lindbergh was the nation s hero and the kidnapping of his infant son was considered the crime of the century with every detective and lawman worth his salt checking in on the case and every cheat and conman trying to hone in on the reward money There are even those who today think the whole thing was an elaborate hoax or publicity stunt It is hard to imagine today, but, like the 1990 s OJ case, everyone in the country knew the names of all the players in the Lindbergh case and f [...]

    4. Art on said:

      This book hit me like a speed bump as I raced through the Nathan Heller crime history series I ve invested some time getting to know Heller and the series and was looking forward to the continuing changes, development and growth that had taken place in the first four books The series begins with the Frank Nitti trilogy and then moves into a much changed Heller and country post WWII In the last book, Heller was a witness to the building of Las Vegas by organized crime But now we drop back than a [...]

    5. Richard Block on said:

      Tall TaleThe Lindbergh kidnapping, Heller style, is one long, complex and Byzantine tale It has than one twist too many for my taste, and lacks the dynamism its over 600 pages genre thrillers usually take to spill the beans.Heller himself is still a great character, the twists at the end work very well, but after a great take off, it becomes stuck in an interminable second act For the uninitiated, MAC writes noir historical fiction taking real events and inserting his half Jewish, half Irish de [...]

    6. Darcey Tomasino on said:

      Fascinating seriesI really like this series, as I am a fan of well researched historical fiction This particular novel is jam packed with characters and events, almost overwhelmingly so However, that just adds to the intrigue of the Lindbergh case, which was convoluted and complex As is true of several of Collins novels, there is so much information that I believe many authors would have made this into two books I m glad he didn t I feel like I get to know the characters better I feel invested w [...]

    7. Lynette Lark on said:

      The bottom line is that Charles Augustus Lindbergh was a control freak who insisted that he be in charge of the search for his kidnapped son which resulted in bringing in the Keystone Kops, gangsters, a rich heiress, a creepy professor, the IRS, Edgar Cayce, fortune tellers, contrived evidence, the NJ governor, crooked lawyers and a jaded judge Bruno Richard Hauptmann was framed

    8. Willem van den Oever on said:

      Not a single Nathan Heller book has started off as strong as Stolen Away does.Opening with Heller doing some actual police work, the reader is brought along for the chase of a woman hastily carrying around a baby boy in downtown Chicago This being 1932 and half of the world being obsessed with the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh s baby, Nathan is confident he might actually solve the case as he tracks woman and child through the windy city It makes for a heart stopping, nerve wrecking passage an [...]

    9. HBalikov on said:

      Well, this is a pleasant shift Collins starts off with P.I Nate Heller actually showing his detective chops We find some real sleuthing and reasoning before and after Nate gets a recommendation from Eliot Ness to help out the Lindberghs Just a reminder Time Magazine lists the kidnapping of the Lindbergh s baby as the top crime of the 20th Century content.time time specialsIn the depths of the Depression, 1932, Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh awoke to find their only child, Charles Jr missing S [...]

    10. Todd Stockslager on said:

      Mystery novel based on the Lindbergh kidnapping case, populated with real life characters like Eliot Ness and Al Capone, as well as the Lindberghs.Charles Lindbergh does not fair well here, with his micro mismanaging of the investigation and the New Jersey State Police come in for a fair share of abuse for their incompetence.Collins assertion is that the kidnapping was masterminded by Al Capone from prison to give him the chance to solve the crime and earn his way out of prison But when it didn [...]

    11. John on said:

      I first started reading this book in 1992, the year it was released Half way through, I came down with a nasty case of the flu the book sat unread again, bookmark in place, for months Over the next few years, I tried several times to finish it, but I had lost the narrative thread Twenty years later, I have started again from the beginning, and this time I have finally finished reading Stolen Away It has aged well.The Lindburgh kidnapping was a convoluted debacle, one of the all time great shames [...]

    12. David Williams on said:

      Stolen Away is the fifth novel in the Nathan Heller series In the opening pages of the story Detective Heller of the Chicago Police foils a kidnapping He is then handpicked by Elliot Ness to go to New Jersey and help on the Lindbergh Kidnapping case There is the belief that there may be a connection to the Chicago mob and Al Capone Heller leaves for New Jersey and is pulled into the drama surrounding the most infamous kidnapping case of all time.Collins is a great storyteller and he skillfully w [...]

    13. Jim Thomas on said:

      Perhaps 3 1 2 points or stars Seemed a bit long and slow at times but Collins can write with intensity when needed and if the rest of the novel had been the equal of the last part, it might be worth 4 1 2 stars The denouement is terrific Also this was my 1st Heller book and what s fascinating and unendingly interesting is how he sets his stories in past history of true crime cases So the hero gets to immerse himself in some of the most famous of all cases, this one being the Lindberg baby case H [...]

    14. Marley on said:

      I ve read several books on the Lindbergh kidnapping and thought I was conversant in it though I ve obviously forgotten quite a bit over the years Although Stolen Away is historical mystery, Max Allan Collins put it all together, and makes sense of it than did the cops and the feds 70 years ago Whatever really went down, Lindbergh was surely at fault for the botched investigation Much research went into the book as per the I Owe Them One at the close And no, I don t think either he or his BIL ki [...]

    15. Irenic on said:

      Found this in the Kindle store and ordered a sample Then I absolutely had to know what happens next and ordered the book Nate is a Chicago police officer in the early 1930 s, who thinks a suspicious looking woman with baby might be the kidnapped Charles Lindburgh Jr and kidnapper Al Capone, currently serving time in a Cook County jail has offered his services in finding the child.This alone would catch my interest The story is narrated by Nate, who s voice is very 30 s era, hard bitten detective [...]

    16. Alicia on said:

      I m up and down about this historical mystery It s my first in the Heller series I m halfway through much of it seems contrived, lots of forced emotions are woven into sentences and often times I have the feeling that I should be reacting a certain way emotionally to the text, rather than experiencing without blatant coercion I was unfamiliar with the Lindbergh case, which seemed to carry the weight of nearly all my surprise or feelings of suspense I will say, though I find myself laughing out l [...]

    17. Bruce on said:

      I really liked this story, and it is one of my favorite Nate Heller books It is the story of the Lindbergh baby s kidnapping, and I learned a lot about the historical characters involved As always, Collins has a unique perspective on what happened and why I researched the history of the kidnapping which is what a good book like this should cause you to do and was surprised to fine that Collins conclusions are considered plausible even if they are not probable Highly recommend this book for reade [...]

    18. Monica on said:

      The stuff about the Lindbergh kidnapping was fascinating The investigation by the New Jersey police and others was a total cock up The turf wars and political posturing by all concerned, including Charles Lindbergh, guaranteed that that poor child never had a chance, once he was taken.The Heller character is till interesting though the faux noir thing wears a bit thin for me And his sex life is just plain silly Evalyn Walsh MacLean on the floor s of her mansions If onlyd how is it that he doesn [...]

    19. Mary on said:

      This series was nowhere on my radar but once I started reading them can t remember what brought them to my attention I was hooked I m a sucker for period fiction, and this is a great period pre , during, and post WW2 Chicago The author mixes in real characters and events with the fictional detective world weary Nathan Heller Each book has prompted me to look up the real people and events described Plus they are page turners Highly recommended.

    20. Michael Brown on said:

      As in my first comments, this book was too long and overall boring It seems that Collins tried too hard to put Heller into the action and had him all over the place There has been a lot said about the botched defense and corrupt police prosecutor aspects of the Hauptmann case and they are detailed here as a work of fiction Since most if not all of the players are dead Collins could place things as he wanted So far not the best of the series in my opinion.

    21. Michael Shaoul on said:

      Just a little muchAs a stand alone perhaps this book would work but as part of a series that shifts the action back to before the first novel it just leaves too many hanging threads for Heller As usual the true crime is fascinating and the solution imaginative but than a few times I felt like muttering give me a break.

    22. Denise Dougherty on said:

      Never boring and always involves a notorious crime of the 20th century This story is about the Lindbergh kidnapping and weaves in than the usual suspects Interesting conclusion that, as usual, causes a hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm as you finish the last sentence PHila

    23. Jeff J. on said:

      Another remarkable historical mystery from the prolific Collins In this case Nathan Heller takes on the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby As always Collins includes a comprehensive afterword listing his sources and discussing where he departed from historical fact Recommended

    24. Joan on said:

      A quick read with an awful lot of characters The story fiction was OK but the history of the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby was very interesting I will be looking to read some non fiction pieces about the kidnapping and the author did provide some sources.

    25. Sharon Holford on said:

      The is about the Lindbergh kidnapping I didn t remember much about it or how it resolved except for the conviction of Hauptmann Seems that Lindbergh really messed up the whole show Again, Collins has entertained and informed.

    26. Katherine on said:

      This is my first book by MAC, it very much has an Ellery Queen, mystery vibe You can tell a lot of research went into the fictional piece of work It could have been shorter, but I did find it very interesting, and will read by this author.

    27. John on said:

      Historical fiction Based on the Lindbergh kidnapping Great idea for a novel but too many details And too convoluted Not as good as the first couple Heller books.

    28. Sally Stevenson on said:

      Fascinating fictionalized account of the Lindbergh kidnapping.

    29. Trudy on said:

      Max Allan Collins has put his detective Nathan Heller on the trailer of the Lindbergh baby kidnapper Though the book seems overly long, it is obviously well researched Another interesting read.

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