Search Results: "Max Allan Collins"


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BETTER DEAD by Max Allan Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Veteran author Collins knows detective novels work best when there's a rugged, flawed, self-aware sleuth, a shades-of-gray atmosphere, a righteous quest, and a bed-ready damsel, Bettie Page filling the bill here."
The prolific Collins (Ask Not, 2013, etc.) finds veteran gumshoe Nathan Heller in the McCarthy era, when Wisconsin's demagogue senator looked for a Commie under every bed and his counsel Roy Cohn manipulated the Rosenbergs into the electric chair. Read full book review >

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ROAD TO PARADISE by Max Allan Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Strong plotting and historical research can't redeem cardboard characters, stilted dialogue and heavy-handed themes."
The mobster trilogy reaches the end of the road, though the prose could use some visuals to bring the wooden writing to life. Read full book review >

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CARNAL HOURS by Max Allan Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 1994

"Hardboiled true-crime fictionalizer Collins handles the political intrigue more expertly than the mystery; promising complications vanish in a haze of red herrings, but Nate still has a fine time making monkeys of an international alliance of lawmen."

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MURDER—HIS AND HERS by Barbara Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

Following a pair (naturally) of brief introductions, this husband-and-wife team presents eight reprints from the past decade: three by hard-boiled specialist Max (Mourn the Living, 1999, etc.), three by short-story specialist Barbara (Too Many Tomcats, 1999), and two collaborations: "Eddie Haskell in a Short Skirt," which pits a father-daughter detective team against their embezzling, then defunct, business manager; and "A Cruise to Forget," in which a Caribbean cruise does nothing for the love-life of a wealthy woman and her much younger husband. Read full book review >

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FLYING BLIND by Max Allan Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 3, 1998

"By and large, though, Nate's ninth is an entertaining case—if you aren't put off by the author's characteristically clunky prose."
Detective Nathan Heller (Damned in Paradise, 1996, etc.), trying to live the good life in Florida after his time with the Chicago PD, sets out to solve the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance. Read full book review >

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DYING IN THE POST-WAR WORLD by Max Allan Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A collection most notable for the way it bridges the gap between the straightforward twists of Black Mask and the current slanted ironies of Paretsky and Estleman."
Nate Heller, president and sole employee of Chicago's A-1 Detective Agency (Stolen Away, etc.), takes on six real-life unsolved mysteries in this collection of stories set in the 30's and 40's. Read full book review >

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ROAD TO PURGATORY by Max Allan Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Collins clearly wants to be Mickey Spillane, and there's plenty of blazing .45 action to satisfy lovers of that sort of thing. But without the robotic Michael possessing a single human emotion, it's hard to care much what happens."
The Angel of Death is dead, but his spirit of vengeance lives on in his war-hero son, back to get revenge on the Chicago Outfit—again. Read full book review >

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MOURN THE LIVING by Max Allan Collins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"But die-hard Collins fans might be curious to read how his career started, and heartened to see how much better he's gotten."
The first of Collins's five mystery series to see print, the pulp-action Nolan books, opened with Bait Money (1973) and apparently ended with Spree (1987). Read full book review >

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MAJIC MAN by Max Allan Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"But not here."
Columnist Drew Pearson and Secretary of Defense James Forrestal see eye-to-eye on virtually nothing, though Nathan Heller (Flying Blind, 1998, etc.) gets hired by both. Read full book review >

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QUARRY IN THE BLACK by Max Allan Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"The inevitable friction between killers with very different agendas pays off in gory scenes and tawdry revelations that won't shock a soul. But historical-noir specialist Collins (Better Dead, 2016, etc.) provides appropriately retro pulpy pleasures along the way."
Just in time to celebrate his debut on the small screen in a Cinemax series, veteran hit man Quarry (Primary Target, 1987, etc.) returns to bookstores to execute a contract on a noted civil rights leader. Read full book review >

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ASK NOT by Max Allan Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"No threat to the Warren Commission, but a fun, light foray into alternative history."
Collins (of Road to Perdition fame) wraps up his trilogy of thrillers on the John F. Kennedy assassination (Target Lancer, 2012, etc.), piling the conspiracy theories nearly as high as the corpses. Read full book review >

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BYE BYE, BABY by Max Allan Collins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"Nothing new or very interesting in this rehashing of rumors surrounding Monroe's death, even for those who were around when she died."
Collins resurrects hard-boiled private eye Nathan Heller in this celebrity-studded take on Marilyn Monroe's death in August 1962. Read full book review >