If you are going to read a private investigator book, then you have to read Dashiell Hammett, considered to be one of the greats of the sub-genre. Hammett was a former agent for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency. He began his career by writing short stories for the pulp magazine the Black Mask in the 1920s. His novel, The Maltese Falcon is the prime example of what a private eye mystery should be; full of mystery, shady cleintele, misdirection and murder.
Max Allan Collins lives in Muscatine, Iowa with his wife, Barbara Collins. Together, they write the Trash 'n Treasure mystery series. Max Allan Collins has won numerous awards for his mystery writing. His best known private detective is Nathan Heller, who often runs into famous historical people during the 1930s and 1940s. Collins is also known for the book The Road to Perdition which was made into a film starring Tom Hanks.
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