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ISBN:
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Max Allan Collins
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Max Allan Collins (born March 3, 1948) is an American mystery writer. His work has been published in several formats and his Road to Perdition series was the basis for a film of the same name

Max Allan Collins (born March 3, 1948) is an American mystery writer. His work has been published in several formats and his Road to Perdition series was the basis for a film of the same name. He wrote the Dick Tracy newspaper strip for many years and has produced numerous novels featuring the character as well. Collins has written novels, screenplays, comic books, comic strips, trading cards, short stories, movie novelizations and historical fiction.

The Hindenburg Murders" is, quite frankly, a gimmick book, even more so than Collins' Heller novels. In the second of his "Disaster" series Max Allan Collins tackles the mysterious destruction of the Hindenburg on that fateful day in April 1937

The Hindenburg Murders" is, quite frankly, a gimmick book, even more so than Collins' Heller novels. In the second of his "Disaster" series Max Allan Collins tackles the mysterious destruction of the Hindenburg on that fateful day in April 1937. The "guest" criminologist this time around is novelist Leslie Charteris, the creator of fiction detective Simon Templar aka the Saint.

Max Allan Collins is the New York Times best-selling author of Road to Perdition and multiple award-winning novels . The Hindenburg Murders" is, quite frankly, a gimmick book, even more so than Collins' Heller novels.

Max Allan Collins is the New York Times best-selling 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 Tracycomic 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 series including Quarry, Nolan, Mallory, Eliot Ness, and the bestselling Nathan Heller historical thrillers.

The Hindenburg Murders book. Max Allan Collins is the author of several books, including CSI novelizations and the Reeder & Rogers Secret Service books

The Hindenburg Murders book. In a story based on the famous air disaster, mystery writer. Max Allan Collins is the author of several books, including CSI novelizations and the Reeder & Rogers Secret Service books. Leslie Charteris wrote his novels featuring Simon Templar, The Saint, from 1928-1963.

The Hindenburg Murders. A finger of intense radiance appeared suddenly on one of her sides, unfolded upwards with a swift blossoming, and pointed into the sky with a burst of glar. .It must have been an infernal machine. Ernst Lehmann, Hindenburg captain, from his deathbed.

It is a lovely sight, Hilda sighed. Yes it is, Charteris said, but he was looking at he. he wore a white silk shantung tunic dress with black buttons that angled across. Her full bosom and then marched down the side of her skirt in a straight line. Book in the Disaster Series). 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. by Max Allan Collins.

First came the murder. Reconstructing the zeppelin’s fatal flight on the eve of World War II, The Hindenburg Murders proves that Max Allan Collins is the master of hard-boiled historical fiction. When a passenger vanishes during the Hindenburg’s trans-Atlantic voyage from Frankfurt to New Jersey, mystery writer Leslie Charteris is asked to use his knowledge of the criminal mind to quietly pinpoint the killer. Charteris is famous for his fictional detective, the Saint, who extracts riches as well as vengeance from evildoers in true Robin Hood fashion. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

In a whodunit based on one of the world's most famous real-life air disasters, famed mystery writer Leslie Charteris, a passenger on the famous airship, is disturbed to find the Hindenburg under Nazi control, a situation that becomes further complicated by a series of troubling events, including the mysterious disappearance of an undercover Gestapo agent. Original.
  • Tenius
Max Allan Collins is the author of perhaps the best historical detective series around, the Nathan Heller novels, in which tough guy PI Heller gets involved in almost every famous crime from the 1930's on, including the Lindbergh kidnapping and the assassination of Huey Long. However, Collins went in a decidedly different direction with his "disaster series," a series of novels tied to famous real life disasters like the sinkings of the Titanic and Lusitania and, here, the destruction of the zeppelin Hindenburg. In each of his "disaster series" novels, Collins creates a fictional murder mystery and employs the services of a real life mystery writer to play detective and try to solve the mystery.

In "The Hindenburg Murders," the hero is Leslie Charteris, creator of Simon Templar, better known as The Saint. Charteris was an actual passenger on the first voyage of the Hindenburg, the crown jewel of the German Zeppelins. The Hindenburg spent the summer of 1936 crossing the Atlantic, but exploded upon landing in Lakehurst, NJ at the end of its first transatlantic trip of 1937. In Collins' story, Charteris is also a passenger on the final trip as well. His roommate on the trip, a German businessman, disappears on the first night of the voyage, and Charteris deduces that the man fell or was pushed off the deck of the airship and into the Atlantic Ocean. When the captain of the Hindenburg tells Charteris that the missing man was actually a Nazi intelligence agent looking for evidence of "subversives," Charteris has all the more reason to suspect foul play. Charteris then begins an investigation into the death at the request of company officials on board who fear potential sabotage.

Although the most likely cause of the Hindenburg's demise was static electricity that ignited the ship's highly flammable hydrogen gas, some historians have suspected sabotage, the theory that Charteris explores here. Obviously, he doesn't succeed in preventing the airship's destruction, but the book's eventual solution to its mystery proves more complex. Collins doesn't just use Charteris as his hero; he actually writes "Hindenburg Murders" in the same style Charteris used to pen his Saint mysteries. So, Charteris (who was a brilliant and urbane man in real life) exchanges quips with ill-humored Nazis about their government and its infamous ruler, gets in a knockdown fight in his cabin, and finds the time to romance the only attractive single woman on the airship.

Collins has obviously done a great deal of research about the airship. The names and fates of the passengers and crew members he discusses are accurate as is his description of the airship itself. For those unfamiliar with the details of the Hindenburg disaster, reading about all the precautions the Zeppelin Company took in a futile effort to avoid the types of sparks and open flames that might cause an explosion can make fascinating reading. Also fascinating, but in an even more gruesomely sinister way, is the material about life in Nazi Germany at this time, especially for the Jews (there are a couple of Jewish passengers on the Hindenburg), for whom safe exits from Germany were becoming more and more difficult.

The only real weakness of "Hindenburg Murders" is the presentation of the actual mystery. Those familiar with the Hindenburg disaster will be immediately aware of the significance of some seemingly secondary characters when they are introduced (although the actual solution that Collins and Charteris arrive at is quite ingenious). Still, solving the mystery doesn't have the urgency that it logically should (the consequences of sabotage being as drastic as they are). Neither Charteris nor the German officials act quite concerned enough (Charteris finds a lot of time to advance his love life), which reduces the inherent suspense of the scenario.

"The Hindenburg Murders" is, quite frankly, a gimmick book, even more so than Collins' Heller novels. However, Collins has chosen a great backdrop of a famous historical tragedy and his meticulous research into the Hindenburg disaster and the various characters involved, not the least of whom is his detective hero, Leslie Charteris, is evident. As a result the book, while not a classically great mystery, is an enjoyable, engrossing read. Unlike famous ship sinkings, the destruction of the Hindenburg took only a couple of minutes, the fire spreading so quickly. For may people, reading "The Hindenburg Murders" will feel like it takes nearly that brief a time. Despite the series title, "The Hindenburg Murders" is far from a disaster; it's quite a success for Collins and Charteris.
  • Mezilabar
In the second of his "Disaster" series Max Allan Collins tackles the mysterious destruction of the Hindenburg on that fateful day in April 1937. The "guest" criminologist this time around is novelist Leslie Charteris, the creator of fiction detective Simon Templar aka the Saint. Charteris actually was a passenger, along with his then wife Pauline, on the Hindenburg's maiden voyage to America in 1936 which is why Collins chose him to be the sleuth-on-board this time around.

Without any spoilers involved Charteris manages to solve two murders, uncover a nest of saboteurs and almost, but not quite prevent the disaster. Relying once again on detailed research into the incident including the findings of both the German and American inquiries Collins comes up with a very plausible solution to the explosion that downed the immense airship and virtually spelled the end of commercial lighter-than-air passenger craft.

What can I say, in addition to the great fiction mysteries that abound and of which i can never get enough, I love these historical mysteries that have no real answer but for which, with enough research and a lot of writer's insight, a reasonable conclusion can be drawn. Mr. Collins has shown himself to be a master of this sort of book, first with his Nathan Heller series and now he's taking on the greatest of histories mysteries, first it was The Titanic Murders and now the destruction of the Hindenburg. Next on the list is "The Pearl Harbor Murders", I can't wait, no really I can't, I will be starting it right after I post this review.
  • Gela
The Hindenburg has always had some weird fascination for me and I have researched quite a bit about the zeppelin and her final demise. After I read the synopsis of this book I just had to read it.

Max Allan Collins has taken the known facts about the zeppelin's final voyage, including the passengers and crew and worked them into a murder mystery. His protagonist is the author [a:Leslie Charteris|36260|Leslie Charteris|[...]] of 'The Saint' fame,(who actually flew on the Hindenberg's maiden voyage). I thought this was a very unique idea, and one that worked very well.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. It's written in the typical murder mystery style of the 1930's. The story progresses and at the end there is the big reveal where the hero goes over all the clues given in the book. How many did I spot? Not many I'm afraid, but they are all there if you were paying real close attention. Collins also brings up some moral issues in the story and does a good job of showing that not all Germans were Nazis.

The author has obviously done a lot of research and acknowledges his sources all in the afterword. Interestingly, one of the websites he used is the one where I got most of my information. [...] This site has a lot of information and old photographs from the Hindenburg so I would recommend taking a look before reading this book. The photographs of the interior are great references to get a feel of the environment while reading.