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TRUE CRME BOOK CLUB DISCUSSES ELIOT NESS AND THE MAD BUTCHER

True Crime Book Club discusses Eliot Ness and the Mad Butcher: Hunting America's Deadliest Unidentified Serial Killer at the Dawn of Modern Criminology by Max Allen Collins

"In the spirit of Devil in the White City and Furious Hours comes the ... true story of Eliot Ness's forgotten final case: his years-long hunt for 'The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run,' a serial killer who terrorized Cleveland through the 1936 World Fair."

A careening read that's full of surprises. ... Collins and Schwartz deliver a nimble, taut tale. More importantly, they offer a portrait of a complex crime fighter who believed in science and reason at a time when most officers smacked suspects around with a blackjack, a portrait set against a backdrop of ethnic and class collisions, labor unrest, and political intrigue Catnip for true-crime buffs.-- Kirkus Reviews

After helping to put Al Capone behind bars, lawman Eliot Ness came to Cleveland, where he did battle with a vicious killer. ... The authors have done Ness justice. ... Deeply researched.-- Wall Street Journal

Max Allan Collins is a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master. He is the author of the Shamus Award-winning Nathan Heller thrillers and the graphic novel Road to Perdition, basis of the Academy Award-winning film starring Tom Hanks. His innovative Quarry novels led to a 2016 Cinemax series. He has completed a dozen posthumous Mickey Spillane mysteries, and wrote the syndicated Dick Tracy series for more than fifteen years. His one-man show, Eliot Ness: An Untouchable Life, was an Edgar Award finalist. He lives in Iowa.


A. Brad Schwartz is the author of Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles's War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News, based in part on research from his senior thesis at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He cowrote a documentary about the War of the Worlds broadcast for the PBS series American Experience. He is currently a doctoral candidate in American history at Princeton University.

In accordance with social distancing guidelines, this event will take place via Zoom. Contact awheatle@heightslibrary.org for the link.

The book will be available at Mac's Backs or through our website at the 20% book club discount.

Event date: 
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
1820 Coventry Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
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$29.99
ISBN: 9780062881977
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Published: William Morrow - August 4th, 2020