Tough, cynical, and clever, Nathan Heller has been called “the perfect private eye”, the best investigator that Chicago (where ‘lightning’ means gunfire) has to offer. In this engaging collection of thirteen stories, Heller encounters gangsters and petty crooks, noble doctors and quacks, loving wives and wanton women, and even the occasional honest cop. All of the stories are based on real cases of the 1930s and ’40s, meticulously researched by award-winning writer and Road to Perdition creator Max Allan Collins. Heller’s adventures feature some of the biggest names in twentieth-century American crime history: Eliot Ness, Frank Nitti, Mickey Cohen, and Jack Ruby, just to name a few. Whether he is investigating a union shooting, going toe-to-toe with the female leader of a vicious hold-up crew, or playing a homeless man to pose as bait for an insurance racket, Heller’s humorous, wryly cynical tone, and knack for keen social observation make for a cracking good read.