"Her quest for Hollywood fame ended in an abandoned lot -- in a murder so sordid that the details are hidden from the public. The newspapers call her the Black Dahlia. Nathan Heller knew her as Elizabeth Short. But revealing their relationship will only mark the Chicago private eye, in L.A. on his honeymoon, as a suspect. His unofficial investigation begins with what he knew of the doomed wannabe starlet, with her crazed phone call to him just days before her death, and with her bizarre links to the likes of Orson Welles, Eliot Ness, and Mickey Cohen. But opening old wounds means exposing new secrets. And each one will draw Heller deeper into an inescapable maze...and closer to the terrifying truth at the heart of a notorious crime."
Just finished this and thought it was a very good fictionalized version of the Black Dahlia murder. Showed up many possibilities and theories of who could have killed Elizabeth Short. The ending explanation was intricate but plausible.
I haven't ever read any other novels by Mr. Collins and I really liked the character of Nate Heller. He's real-life so to speak.
Disappointed--rehash account of the unsolved murder of The Black Dahlia in Hollywood in the 40's. I like Nate Heller but this book was way too long and it is mostly just about the investigation and of course this murder was never solved, however, if you like reading about the earlier Hollywood years and people you might enjoy it more than I did.