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After The Untouchables, Eliot Ness goes solo. In 1929, Eliot Ness put away Al Scarface Capone and became the biggest living legend this side of law and order. Now it's 1935. With The Untouchables and Prohibition behind him and the Great Depression falling darkly across the nation, Ness arrives in Cleveland to straighten out a crooked city. An anonymous ring of bent cops is dealing in vice, graft, gambling and racketeering, overlorded by a mysterious top cop known as the outside chief. But between corrupt politicians, jealous colleagues, a parasitic reporter and two blondes with nothing in common, Ness has big troubles pulling the sheets off the bed of blue vipers. Until the outside chief makes a move, and Ness moves just a bit quicker.

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    Great period crime drama

    In this first installment of the series, you get a chance to know the real Eliot Ness, not the Kevin Costner movie Ness or Robert Stack Ness. He may have been a flawed individual, but he was morally strong and stuck by his convictions, even when he paid a high price for them. I would much rather read of the past and this novel, while fiction, is very fact based. I would recommend reading M.A. Collins Nathan Heller book "True Detective" first to see why Ness left Chicago and took the impossible job he did in Cleveland. This is a very carefully researched novel and brings these historical characters to life. Max A. Collins may be the "heir" to Spillane, but he is a much more accomplished and versatile author.

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