Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Former Engineer Sentenced For Possessing Stolen Semiconductor Trade Secret

The U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Massachusetts, released the below information:

BOSTON – A Lexington, Mass. man was sentenced in Boston federal court for possessing the stolen prototype design of a microchip, known as the HMC1022A, which was owned and developed by his former employer, Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), a semiconductor company headquartered in Wilmington, Mass. This chip is used in both aerospace and defense applications.

Haoyang Yu, 45, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge William G. Young to six months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, during which he may not work in the microchip industry. Yu was also ordered to pay a fine of $55,000 and restitution to be determined at a later date. In May 2022, following a month-long trial, a federal jury convicted Yu of possessing ADI’s stolen trade secret. The jury acquitted Yu of alleging possession of other stolen trade secrets, wire fraud, immigration fraud, and the illegal export of controlled technology. 

“This prosecution demonstrates the Department of Justice’s commitment to protecting the integrity of the semiconductor market, as this technology plays a critical role in both our country’s industrial policy and geopolitical strategy. Mr. Yu stole intellectual property from his employer, plain and simple, and used that pilfered information to line his own pocket. I commend the work of the Department of Commerce, the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, and the Naval Criminal Investigation Service in their dedicated work to the investigation and prosecution of this matter,” said Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy.
“Yu was convicted by a federal jury of stealing trade secret associated with the design for a semiconductor utilized in defense and aerospace industries. As a result of an intensive investigation, Yu is facing federal prison for his crime,” said Michael J. Krol, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Homeland Security Investigations in New England. “HSI works tirelessly with our local, state, and federal partners to ensure the security of sensitive U.S. strategic technologies and will continue to disrupt and dismantle any attempts to obtain them for financial gain.”

“Today, Mr. Yu learned his fate for possessing a stolen semiconductor trade secret for his own financial gain. Thankfully, his actions did not destroy his former employer’s business,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division. “While we all welcome fair competition, the FBI will not tolerate stealing and cheating. It’s illegal, unethical, and unfair, and this type of criminal conduct hurts American businesses, jobs, and consumers.”

Between 2014 and 2017, Yu worked at ADI, where he designed microchips used by the communications, defense, and aerospace industries. Through his employment, Yu had access to various kinds of ADI intellectual property, including present and future microchip designs, schematics, layouts, modeling files, customer lists, and ordering histories.  

While employed at ADI, Yu used this information to start his own microchip business, Tricon MMIC, LLC.  Forensic analysis later showed that Yu’s personal, at-home computer held exact, bit-for-bit copies of hundreds of ADI intellectual property files. Trial evidence showed that Yu had accessed these files on ADI’s secure servers, copied them, changed their filenames – often to those of cartoon characters, and then saved them on his personal electronic accounts and devices.  

Trial evidence showed that all of the chips Yu’s business sold were built with ADI’s stolen intellectual property.  In particular, Yu used the stolen HMC1022A design to manufacture two knock-off versions of ADI’s chip. Yu then began selling his versions of the HMC1022A to ADI’s customers and others even before ADI went to market with its own completed design.  In all, before his arrest, Yu manufactured about 10,000 chips built with stolen ADI property and grossed about $235,000. ADI cooperated fully in the government’s investigation.

Acting U.S. Attorney Levy; Rashel Assouri, Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, Office of Export Enforcement, Boston Field Office; HSI Acting SAC Krol; FBI SAC Bonavolonta; and Michael Wiest, Special Agent in Charge of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Northeast Field Office made the announcement today. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Coast Guard Investigative Service, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Massachusetts State Police and the Lexington and Hingham Police Departments provided assistance with the investigation. Valuable assistance in the case was provided by the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Amanda Beck, Jason A. Casey and John A. Capin of Levy’s National Security Unit prosecuted the case.

Sunday, June 4, 2023

All That Chazz: My Q&A With Chazz Palminteri

I’ve been watching the very talented and interesting actor, writer and filmmaker Chazz Palminteri on his youtube.com podcasts.  

I interviewed Chazz Palminteri for the Philadelphia Inquirer back in 2016. My Q&A with him also appeared in the Inquirer’s sister newspaper, the Philadelphia Daily News.

After interviewing Chazz Palminteri, I took in his one man show A Bronx Tale, where he portrays 18 roles, at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City. 

After the amazing show, I was invited backstage to speak with him and pose for photographs, along with my wife and my friends Mark and Donna Tartaglia. 

Even after his grueling performance, Chazz Palminteri was engaging and gracious. 

You can read the Q&A via the below link or below:

Q&A: Chazz Palminteri and 'A Bronx Tale' come to Golden Nugget (inquirer.com)

Note: You can click on the above and below to enlarge.

You can also watch Chazz Palminteri's podcasts via the below link: 

Friday, June 2, 2023

Code Name Blue Wren: My Washington Times On Crime Column On Cuban Spy Ana Montes

The Washington Times ran my On Crime column on Jim Popkin’s Code Name Blue Wren: The True Story of America’s Most Dangerous Female Spy — and the Sister She Betrayed. 

You can read the column via the below link or the below text:

BOOK REVIEW: 'Code Name Blue Wren' - Washington Times

Some years ago, when I was a young man performing security work as a civilian Defense Department employee, I attended a briefing at the headquarters of the Defense Intelligence Agency at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington.


Although I didn’t know it at the time, Ana Montes was also at Bolling, working as an intelligence analyst. Years later, I read about her arrest as a spy for Cuba. I’ve long been interested in her case, and I recently read Jim Popkin’s most interesting book about her, “Code Name Blue Wren: The True Story of America’s Most Dangerous Female Spy — and the Sister She Betrayed.”


I contacted Mr. Popkin (seen in the bottom photo) and asked him when he first became aware of Ms. Montes.

“I first heard about Ana Montes the day she was arrested, on September 21, 2001. At the time, I was a producer working for NBC News in Washington and covering the FBI. My colleague Pete Williams and I were completely occupied covering the 9/11 terror attacks and couldn’t slow down to report on the arrest of a Cuban spy,” Mr. Popkin replied.


“But I’m fascinated with espionage, and her story stayed with me. A few days later, my college roommate and close friend John called to inform me that Ana had purchased his condo in Cleveland Park [in Northwest Washington] several years earlier. That meant that I had spent hours in the apartment that Ana Montes would later own, an apartment she made into her spying safe house. That coincidence really hooked me on her story.”


Why did you write the book? Did you consider this an unusual espionage story in that Ana Montes, a Cuban spy, had close relatives working for the FBI?


“Spying can be a lonely, tortured existence. I was interested in probing why Ana spied for so long, and whom she betrayed along the way. I quickly realized that her sister, Lucy, worked for the FBI, as did Ana and Lucy’s brother, Tito, a special agent. In fact, at one point, Ana had four close family members in the FBI. They are all loyal and patriotic Americans and had no idea what Ana was up to. “Code Name Blue Wren” explores what Ana compromised and how she spied. But it is also a sister story and reveals how devastating Ana’s traitorous behavior was for Lucy and the rest of the Montes family. Most spy stories don’t have that personal element.”

How would you describe Ana Montes?

Ana Montes was smart and disciplined, which helps explain why she got away with her crimes for nearly 17 years. She lived a monastic double life, working hard all day at the DIA as a top Pentagon analyst overseeing Cuba. She had broad access to classified documents from nearly all the U.S. intelligence agencies.


“And then at night she would start her second job in her Cleveland Park condo, where she would type up all of those classified secrets she had scooped up during the day and share them with her handlers,” Mr. Popkin explained. “She almost never took paper documents out of the building, decreasing her risks. She never married and was devoted to both of her jobs. Ana wasn’t perfect and made a few big mistakes. But in totality, she was very cautious and buttoned down and fooled them all.”


What damage did Ms. Montes do to the U.S. with her spying for Cuba?


“Top U.S. intelligence experts call Montes one of the most damaging spies in U.S. history. She did it for nearly 17 years and had near-carte-blanche access to U.S. secrets. She handed it all over to the Cubans, who have a long history of selling or trading U.S. secrets to the Russians and other U.S. adversaries. Ana revealed the true names of undercover CIA agents working for the U.S. in Cuba, a highly dangerous indiscretion. And she passed along details about a super-secret spy satellite that the U.S. had been using successfully against Cuba, Russia, China and Iran.”


Ms. Montes has been released from prison. Do you think she served enough time for her crimes?


“Federal prosecutors and Ana’s lawyers negotiated a 25-year prison sentence in exchange for Ana’s full cooperation. She did her time — 21 years and three months, actually — and is now living free in Puerto Rico, but under tight probation rules. “Compared to Robert Hanssen and Rick Ames and especially Cuban spy Kendall Myers, Ana got a favorable deal. They are all doing life sentences and will never walk free. But one thing to consider is that Montes did hard time for two plus decades,” Mr. Popkin said. “She was in a very tough prison-within-a-prison in Texas, and shared bunks with Squeaky Fromme and some of the most dangerous and psychotic inmates in the federal system. Ana Montes never got the Martha Stewart treatment.”


Paul Davis’ On Crime column covers true crime, crime fiction and thrillers.

Thursday, June 1, 2023

A Little Humor: Due To High Crime, Mafia Closes Its Chicago Office

The Babylon Bee, a very clever satire publication, offers a funny piece on the rising crime and mayhem in Chicago.

CHICAGO, IL — Today marked the end of an era, as the Mafia announced it was officially closing its Chicago branch due to the rising wave of violent crime in the city.

"We just can't operate under these conditions," said street boss Albert "Albie the Falcon" Vena, speaking on behalf of Salvatore "Solly D" DeLaurentis, who has run the Chicago organization since 2021. "How are we supposed to conduct respectable business — loan sharking, bribery, racketeering, illegal gambling — with so much crime going on? It's insane!" 

You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:

Due To High Crime, Mafia Closes Its Chicago Office | Babylon Bee 

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

A Comedy Of Errors: My Broad + Liberty Piece On A Look Back At Watergate

Broad + Liberty ran my piece on a look back at Watergate.

You can read the piece via the below link or the below text:

Paul Davis: "The White House Plumbers," a look back at Watergate (broadandliberty.com) 

The late comedian Redd Foxx once joked, “I call my wife Watergate — ’cause she bugs me.”

I was a young man and Nixon supporter during the Watergate scandal, and I followed the daily unfolding news closely. The unsuccessful break-in and bugging of the Democratic National Committee’s offices at the Watergate Office Building in Washington, D.C. on June 17, 1972 led to President Nixon’s resignation after he had been reelected overwhelmingly against his Democratic challenger, Senator George McGovern.

I’ve been reliving those dramatic times by watching HBO’s “The White House Plumbers.”

“This five-part limited series imagines the behind-the-scenes story of how Nixon’s political saboteurs, E. Howard Hunt (Woody Harrelson) and G. Gordon Liddy (Justin Theroux), accidentally toppled the presidency they were zealously trying to protect… and their families along with it,” HBO.com states in describing “The White House Plumbers.” “Chronicling actions on the ground, this satirical drama begins in 1971 when the White House hires Hunt and Liddy, former CIA and FBI, respectively, to investigate the Pentagon Papers leak. After failing upward, the unlikely pair lands on the Committee to Re-Elect the President, plotting several unbelievable covert ops — including bugging the Democratic National Committee offices at the Watergate complex. Proving that fact is sometimes stranger than fiction, White House Plumbers sheds light on the lesser-known series of events that led to one of the greatest political scandals in American history.”

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Curiously, the most absurd scenes in the series are completely historically accurate. Although Liddy was a former FBI special agent and prosecutor and Hunt was a veteran intelligence officer who enlisted his former CIA Cuban-American veteran operatives, their failures are spectacularly farcical. While the scandal was unfolding, Nixon can be heard on his White House recorded tapes calling the burglary “a comedy of errors.”

I’m enjoying the series, but my one complaint is that the families of Liddy and Hunt are portrayed in the series. This is uncalled for and unfair, as the families committed no crimes, and they are not public figures.

“The White House Plumbers” is based in part on Egil “Bud” Krogh’s memoir, “Integrity: Good People, Bad Choices, and Life Lessons from the White House.” Krogh was the boss of the White House’s Special Investigations Unit, informally called the “Plumbers,” as their goal was to stop the leaks to the press.   

At first, the White House described the Watergate break-in a “third-rate burglary.” But as new evidence surfaced and the Nixon White House attempted to cover up the crime, this third-rate burglary elevated to a national scandal.

Although Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward are often credited for cracking the Watergate case, it was the FBI and the federal prosecutors who investigated the case and prosecuted those involved. The Post’s reporters merely published the information provided to them by Mark Felt, a senior disgruntled FBI official who believed he had been passed over. Woodward and Bernstein called their source “Deep Throat.”

Felt gave the reporters inside information from the FBI’s investigation — an illegal act, and one that hurt the defendants’ constitutional right to a fair trial.

Woodward went on to publish best-selling nonfiction books and Bernstein went on to become a frequent commentator on CNN and other liberal networks, offering his mantra, “This is worse than Watergate” when describing various Trump actions.

(Greg Gutfeld on Fox News’ “Gutfeld!” has played a funny video montage of Bernstein repeating his mantra “Worse than Watergate” time and again).

I thought that Hunt and Liddy, two first-time offenders with fairly accomplished careers as government employees, received harsh prison sentences. Non-political people convicted of similar crimes with similar backgrounds would have been given a much less harsh sentence. 

In the case of Hunt, he had just lost his wife in a plane crash, effectively leaving his four children parentless when he entered prison. Hunt, a prolific writer of spy and crime thrillers, wrote a memoir called, “American Spy: My Secret History in the CIA, Watergate & Beyond.”

“I’ve been called many things since the foiled break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex, including a criminal mastermind, a bungling burglar, and even a bad spy novelist,” Hunt wrote in the introduction. “I don’t know which accusation hurts most. Two are outrageous overstatements and one is a matter of opinion. Need I explain which is which?

“Whatever the case, none of them describe the whole man, and all disregard over two decades of service to the United States, first as a sailor in World War II, then as an OSS (Office of Strategic Services) operative, segueing into many years as a CIA agent.”

Once the Nixon White House tapes were released following a court order, Nixon was exposed as attempting to cover up the crime. Threatened to be impeached, Nixon resigned, and he was later pardoned by his successor, President Gerald Ford. The pardon prompted Ford to state, “Our long national nightmare is over.” The pardon, which was a bold and brave move for Ford to take, probably caused him to lose to Jimmy Carter.

Even worse, in my view, the exit of Nixon from the White House in effect greenlighted the North Vietnamese Army to invade South Vietnam. After the 1973 Paris agreement that ended America’s combat role in the Vietnam War, Henry Kissinger stated that Nixon told him to convey to the North Vietnamese that he would “nuke” the North Vietnamese if they invaded the South. The Communists believed him.

But after Nixon resigned, President Ford was unable to get the Democrat-led Congress to provide material support to the South Vietnamese (he did not ask for American ground troops), and the South fell to the Communists.

It bears noting the North Vietnamese did not defeat the American military. The Communists never won a battle against American troops over company strength during the entire war. When the North Vietnamese invaded the south, there were no American combat troops there, only support troops. The North Vietnamese defeated the South Vietnamese, not America.

Had Watergate not happened, and Nixon remained in office, I believe Vietnam would look much like North and South Korea. But after Nixon resigned after attempting to cover up Watergate, America lost the political will to contain the North Vietnamese.

In my view, Watergate led to the fall of South Vietnam.

Here’s another old Watergate joke I recall from MAD magazine: The burglars could not find Ellsberg’s file, as they looked under “L.”

Paul Davis, a Philadelphia writer and frequent contributor to Broad + Liberty, also contributes to Counterterrorism magazine and writes the On Crime column for the Washington Times.

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Illegal Agents Of The PRC Government Charged For PRC-Directed Bribery Scheme: John Chen And Lin Feng Allegedly Furthered The PRC Government’s Transnational Repression Campaign Against The Falun Gong By Bribing A Purported IRS Official

A The U.S. Justice Department released the below information:

A federal court in the Southern District of New York today unsealed a complaint charging two individuals with acting and conspiring to act in the United States as unregistered agents of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), conspiring to bribe and bribing a public official, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

According to the complaint, John Chen, aka Chen Jun, 70, a Los Angeles resident and former citizen of the PRC, and Lin Feng, a Los Angeles resident and PRC citizen, allegedly participated in a PRC Government-directed scheme targeting U.S.-based practitioners of Falun Gong — a spiritual practice banned in the PRC. Chen and Feng were arrested today in the Central District of California.

“The Chinese government has yet again attempted, and failed, to target critics of the PRC here in the United States,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. “We allege the defendants in this case attempted to bribe someone they thought was an IRS agent in order to further the Chinese government’s campaign of transnational repression in the United States. But the individual they attempted to bribe was in fact an undercover law enforcement agent, and both defendants were arrested this morning. The Justice Department will continue to investigate, disrupt, and prosecute efforts by the PRC government to silence its critics and extend the reaches of its regime onto U.S. soil. We will never stop working to defend the rights to which every person in the United States is entitled.”

“The Department of Justice continues to expose the Chinese government’s brazen attempts to perpetrate transnational repression, this time through attempted bribery,” said Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco. “As highlighted by today’s arrests and charges of conspiracy, bribery, and money laundering, we will not tolerate efforts by the PRC or any foreign government to intimidate, harass, or undermine the rights and freedoms enjoyed by all who live in the United States.”

“China’s government has once again shown its disregard for the rule of law and international norms,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray. “The FBI will not tolerate CCP repression — its efforts to threaten, harass, and intimidate people — here in the United States. We will continue to confront the Chinese government’s efforts to violate our laws and repress the rights and freedoms of people in our country.”“No other nation poses as severe a threat to the democratic values of the United States as the government of the People’s Republic of China,” said FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate. “The FBI will not stand by as the PRC attempts to weaponize our institutions and programs and attack the rights of those on U.S. soil. Any attempt to repress or harass individuals runs directly counter to the ideals our nation was founded upon, and it simply will not be tolerated. The FBI and our partners remain committed to confronting the illegal conduct of the PRC government that threatens our national security and freedom.”

“John Chen and Lin Feng allegedly waged a campaign at the behest of the Government of the People’s Republic of China to influence a U.S. Government official in order to further the PRC Government’s repression of practitioners of Falun Gong,” said U.S. Attorney Damian Williams for the Southern District of New York. “Efforts to manipulate and use the arms of the U.S. Government to carry out the PRC Government’s autocratic aims are as shocking as they are insidious. My office will work vigorously to protect against malign foreign influences.”

The complaint alleges that from at least approximately January 2023 to May 2023, Chen and Feng worked inside the United States at the direction of the PRC government, including an identified PRC government official (PRC Official-1), to further the PRC government’s campaign to repress and harass Falun Gong practitioners. The PRC Government has designated the Falun Gong as one of the “five poisons,” or one of the top five threats to its rule. In China, Falun Gong adherents face a range of repressive and punitive measures from the PRC government, including imprisonment and torture.                 

As part of the PRC government’s campaign against the Falun Gong, Chen and Feng allegedly engaged in a PRC government-directed scheme to manipulate the IRS’s Whistleblower Program in an effort to strip the tax-exempt status of an entity run and maintained by Falun Gong practitioners (Entity-1). After Chen filed a defective whistleblower complaint with the IRS (the Chen Whistleblower Complaint), Chen and Feng paid $5,000 in cash bribes, and promised to pay substantially more, to a purported IRS agent who was in fact an undercover officer (Agent-1), in exchange for Agent-1’s assistance in advancing the complaint. Neither Chen nor Feng notified the Attorney General that they were acting as agents of the PRC government in the United States.

In the course of the scheme, Chen, on a recorded call, explicitly noted that the purpose of paying these bribes, which were directed and funded by the PRC government, was to carry out the PRC government’s aim of “toppl[ing] . . . the Falun Gong.” During a call intercepted pursuant to a judicially authorized wiretap, Chen and Feng discussed receiving “direction” on the bribery scheme from PRC Official-1, deleting instructions received from PRC Official-1 in order to evade detection, and “alert[ing]” and “sound[ing] the alarm” to PRC Official-1 if Chen and Feng’s meetings to bribe Agent-1 did not go as planned. Chen and Feng also discussed that PRC Official-1 was the PRC Government official “in charge” of the bribery scheme targeting the Falun Gong.

As part of this scheme, Chen and Feng allegedly met with Agent-1 in Newburgh, New York, on May 14.  During the meeting, Chen gave Agent-1 a $1,000 cash bribe as an initial, partial bribe payment. Chen further offered to pay Agent-1 a total of $50,000 for opening an audit of Entity-1, as well as 60% of any whistleblower award from the IRS if the Chen Whistleblower Complaint were successful. On May 18, Feng paid Agent-1 a $4,000 cash bribe at John F. Kennedy International Airport as an additional partial bribe payment in furtherance of the scheme. Chen allegedly obtained funding from the PRC government to make bribe payments during his trips to the PRC in the course of the scheme.

Chen and Feng are each charged with (1) one count of conspiring to act as an agent of a foreign government without notifying the Attorney General and to bribe a public official, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison; (2) one count of acting as an agent of a foreign government without notifying the Attorney General, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison; (3) one count of bribing a public official, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison; and (4) one count of conspiring to commit international money laundering, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

The FBI New York and Los Angeles Field Offices and Counterintelligence Division are investigating the case with valuable assistance provided by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shiva H. Logarajah, Qais Ghafary, Michael D. Lockard, and Kathryn Wheelock for the Southern District of New York and Trial Attorney Christina A. Clark of the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section are prosecuting the case.

The charges in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Monday, May 29, 2023

Max Allan Collins' True Detective: A Private Eye In Prohibition-Era Chicago

Back in April, I interviewed Max Allan Collins about his historical crime thriller The Big Bundle in my On Crime column in the Washington Times. 

The Big Bundle is the 18th novel in the series featuring Nathan Heller, a Chicago private detective who interacts with historical figures and becomes involved in actual crimes and scandals.


I asked Max Allan Collins to describe The Big Bundle.


“In many respects, it’s a private eye thriller in the tradition of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Mickey Spillane,” Mr. Collins replied. “I was moving to a new publisher, Hard Case Crime, and knew their audience was steeped in hardboiled fiction and might be put off by the famous crimes I usually look at in a Nathan Heller novel. The real-life case in ‘The Big Bundle,’ quite well known in the 1950s but forgotten now, allowed me to put the emphasis on the noir aspect of the Heller novels and not be accused of teaching a “history lesson.”


I also asked him how he would describe Nathan Heller.


“Heller is a businessman who starts out in a small office where he sleeps on a Murphy bed and winds up with a coast-to-coast detective agency. He is not the typical Phillip Marlowe-style modern-day knight who would never take a bribe or seduce a virgin — Heller has done both and often indulges in situational ethics. Unlike most fictional private eyes, he marries (more than once) and is a father and had a father and mother and even grandparents. He ages with the years. At any age, Heller recoils at injustice in society and serves up rough justice when he feels it necessary. He not only knows where the bodies are buried, he has buried more than his share.”


I had not read any of Max Allan Collins previous Nathan Heller novels and I mentioned to him that I’d like to read the first one in the series, True Detective (not to be confused with the HBO series with the same name).


He mailed me a copy and I read the novel and thoroughly enjoyed it.


True Detective opens with Heller working as a young police detective in Prohibition-era Chicago. He quits the force and becomes a private detective. He becomes involved with Frank Nitti, Al Capone and other gangsters, as well as professional boxer Barney Ross, actor George Raft and federal agent Elliot Ness of The Untouchables fame.


The plot revolves around the assassination of Chicago Mayor Cermak while he was on stage with President Franklin Roosevelt.   


"I knew Chicago during Prohibition was supposed to be both dangerous and exciting, and now I know why. . .  A terrific read," wrote Donald E. Westlake

"One of the best stories I have ever read," wrote Mickey Spillane.

Like those two legendary crime writers, I too found True Detective to be a fine crime novel. I plan to read more of the Nathan Heller novels in the future.

You can purchase True Detective via the below link:

 True Detective: Collins, Max Allan: 9780312820510: Amazon.com: Books

And you can read my On Crime column on The Big Bundle via the below link:

Paul Davis On Crime: A Private Eye Witness To History: My Washington Times On Crime Column On Max Allen Collins 'The Big Bundle'