Seduction of the Innocent by Max Allan Collins


There is seldom a book that covers so many of my interests.  Seduction of the Innocent has comics, murder, mystery, tough guys, and dames.  Once I started Seduction of the Innocent I couldn’t put it down.  Here is a synopsis of the book:

It’s 1954, and a rabble-rousing social critic has declared war on comic books – especially the scary, gory, bloody sort published by the bad boys of the industry, EF Comics. But on the way to a Senate hearing on whether these depraved publications should be banned, the would-be censor meets a violent end of his own – leaving his opponents in hot water.

Can Jack Starr, private eye to the funny-book industry, and his beautiful boss Maggie unravel the secret of Dr. Frederick’s gruesome demise? Or will the crackdown come, falling like an executioner’s axe…?

An illustrated whodunit inspired by America’s real-life “war on comic books” in the 1950s, from the award-winning master of the historical detective novel, MAX ALLAN COLLINS.

Jack and Maggie Starr are great characters and the fact that the story takes place during real life events makes Seduction of the Innocent a must read.  Lovers of “mob deals” will get a kick out of it when Jack and Maggie start wheeling and dealing with Dr. Frederick and use their underhanded tactics to disarm an enemy.  If you know anything about the attack on comic books during the 1950’s you will crack a smile every time a character is introduced that was a real person.

Named after the 1954 expose’ of comics written by Dr. Frederick Wertham, Seduction of the Innocent hits home will all geeks in one way or another.  If you like mystery, comics, or just a plain good story then check out Max Allan Collins’ newest offering Seduction of the Innocent.

Seduction of the Innocent was compliments of Titan Books.

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