Search Results: "Max Allan Collins"


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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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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Readers looking for the true highlights of this all-American genre, though, will need to look elsewhere."
First bad news: This "century" of reprints goes back only to a smartly depressing 1933 vignette by Chester Himes. 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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MURDER BY THE NUMBERS by Max Allan Collins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 25, 1993

"Gritty details of interracial crime and punishment (the crime inevitably more rousing) enliven this otherwise routine Black Mask pastiche."
Legendary cop Elliot Ness, who's become a fixture in Collins's fact-based novels (Bullet Proof, 1989, etc.), goes up against Cleveland's Mayfield Road gang, the brainchild of two cousins, Black Sal Lombardi and Angelo Scalise, who've muscled in on the formerly black East Side numbers racket in 1938. 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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DAMNED IN PARADISE by Max Allan Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 1996

"Solid mid-grade work, well below the heights of Nate's seventh novel (Blood and Thunder, 1995, etc.)—mostly because the mystery is consistently less interesting than the oil-and-water cast of proletarians and socialites."
You wouldn't expect to find Clarence Darrow defending a quartet of vigilantes who shot a man a jury hadn't been able to convict of rape, but that's exactly what he spent the winter of 193132 doing—and, according to Collins's fictionalization, Nathan Heller, on leave from the Chicago police department, was at his side. Read full book review >

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A LONG TIME DEAD by Mickey Spillane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"But you didn't really need to read a word of this, since Spillane is by any measure the most review-proof name in the genre, and you'll have known perfectly well from the get-go whether or not you want to plunge into these not-quite-new adventures."
Though midcentury publishing phenom Spillane died 10 years ago, his notorious hero Mike Hammer lives again in these eight reprints of short stories completed by his latter-day collaborator Collins (Kill Me, Darling, 2015, etc.) and published, mostly in the Strand Magazine, over the past eight years. Read full book review >

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KISS HER GOODBYE by Mickey Spillane
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 25, 2011

"Working from an unfinished novel by the late Spillane, Collins provides the franchise's trademark winking salacity, self-congratulatory vigilantism and sadistic violence, topped off with a climax that combines the final scenes of two of Mike's most celebrated cases."
The violent death of his old cop mentor calls Mike Hammer back to New York and more of the same death-dealing intrigue he first made his specialty in I, the Jury 64 years ago. 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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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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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 >