See the Plot Details for Max Allan Collins’ Next Nathan Heller Novel

On March 10, 2020, Nathan Heller is back in Do No Harm, the next thriller from bestselling author Max Allan Collins. 

A former cop turned private investigator, Nathan Heller originally starred in the 1983 novel True Detective, and was last featured in Collins’ 2016 title, Better Dead. After nearly four years without a feature title, Heller returns next year to try and help a young doctor accused of murdering his wife, though he swears he’s innocent. See the official plot details below. 


Do No Harm.jpgDo No Harm is the latest mystery in the Nathan Heller series by Max Allan Collins.

In Do No Harm, Heller takes on the Sam Sheppard case―a young doctor is startled from sleep and discovers his wife brutally murdered. He claims that a mysterious intruder killed his wife. But all the evidence points to a disturbed husband who has grown tired of married life and yearned to be free at all costs. Sheppard is swiftly convicted and sent to rot in prison.

Just how firm was the evidence…and was it tampered with to fit a convenient narrative to settle scores and push political agendas? Nathan’s old friend Elliot Ness calls in a favor and as Nathan digs into the case he becomes convinced of Sheppard’s innocence. But Nate can’t prove it and has to let the case drop.

The road to justice is sometimes a long one. Heller’s given another chance years later and this time he’s determined to free the man…even if it brings his own death a bit closer.



Max Allan Collins was chosen as the 2017 Grand Master by Mystery Writers of America (MWA). He is the author of the acclaimed graphic novel Road to Perdition (the basis for the Academy Award-winning Tom Hanks film) and its sequels, as well as the Nathan Heller mysteries, including Bye Bye, Baby, Target Lancer, and Ask Not. An independent filmmaker, Collins lives in eastern Iowa.

Though we’re still a long way off from its publication, readers anxious to pre-order Do No Harm can now do so here


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