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If you enjoy James Ellroy or the Nate Heller books by Max Allan Collins, youll love this romp into this 1950s history of spies, Commies and the Brooklyn Dodgers.Jake McHenry spent five years in Germany after Hitlers War and came back laden withMoreIf you enjoy James Ellroy or the Nate Heller books by Max Allan Collins, youll love this romp into this 1950s history of spies, Commies and the Brooklyn Dodgers.Jake McHenry spent five years in Germany after Hitlers War and came back laden with ill-gotten Nazi riches.Back home in Brooklyn, he became a private detective because he needed a pretend job to hide the source of his riches. Mostly, however, he went to most Brooklyn Dodgers games at Ebbets Field and drank beer.In between games, Jake did occasionally work at being a detective. His specialty was looking for candid photo-ops of husbands trying to get a little on the side.Then Joe McCarthy entered the picture. A childhood buddy introduced Jake to Tailgunner Joe. They wanted Jake to steal a secret list of celebrity communists from the Ice Queen, a rich high-society commie named Arabella Van Dyk. The Ice Queen also happened to be the most beautiful woman that Jake had ever seen.The break-in of the Ice Queen’s brownstone in Manhattan was easy, but it unleashed Russians, North Koreans, J. Edgar Hoover, mobsters and one stunningly beautiful spy in a wild chase for the list.In the background is the greatest pennant race in the history of Major League Baseball. In 1951, the New York Giants chased the Brooklyn Dodgers for the National League Pennant. That’s the year that Bobby Thompson hit the shot heard round the world. The pennant—and Jake’s life—came down to the last inning and the last pitch at the Polo Grounds in New York City on Wednesday, October 3, 1951.Red Chaser is a fresh spin on the crime/intrigue novel. Its fun, its 1950s noir, its Brooklyn, it keeps you guessing and when you finish the last page you say, Wow, that was fun.