TARGET LANCER is the latest in Max Allan Collins’s long-running Nathan Heller series and is a sequel of sorts to his 2011 novel, BYE BYE, BABY. That title, which dealt with the mysterious death of Marilyn Monroe, ended with Heller on the outs with his former friend, John Kennedy. If that sounds unusual to you, then it should be noted at the outset that part of the charm of this series is that Heller, the self-styled “P.I. to the Stars,” seems to be never more than a heartbeat away from any of the primary movers and shakers of the middle third of the 20th century.
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