Angel in Black: A Nathan Heller Novel by Max Allan Collins (2001)
Hardcover: 352 pages
The two pieces of her lay porcelain-white in the ankle-high grass and weeds of a vacant lot on South Norton Avenue, like the upper and lower sections of a discarded marionette.
The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…
I’m a sucker for the Nate Heller series by Max Allan Collins. Heller is a detective who finds himself involved in famous murder cases. Collins is a stickler for historical accuracy and has created a timeline and plausible setting that allows Heller to find himself (over the course of the series) mixed up in everything from the Lindbergh baby murder to the assassination of JFK!
This time out Heller ends up at the scene of the Black Dahlia murder and discovers that he had dated her in Chicago just months before her murder. She had told him she was pregnant and he was the father… then disappeared. Since Heller had since married her murder could ruin his marriage, his career and makes him the number one suspect in her death. Heller must stay a step ahead of the reporters and the law and find out who killed the Black Dahlia before he ends up taking the fall.