Search Results: "Max Allan Collins"


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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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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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THE GOLIATH BONE by Mickey Spillane
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 13, 2008

"Fans who aren't put off when Mike finally ties the knot with his preternaturally patient girl Friday, Velda Sterling, can relax. They're in good hands with Collins, who keeps up the vigilantism and the body count, tones down the violence and writes no worse than his master."
Spillane's posthumous novel, completed by his sometime collaborator Collins (co-editors: A Century of Noir, 2001, etc.), pits Mike Hammer against—who else?—Middle Eastern terrorists scrabbling for a priceless artifact. 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 >

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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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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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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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CHICAGO CONFIDENTIAL by Max Allan Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"More menace than mystery, but Nate's return to Chicago restores him to his roots, moves this venerable series up to 1950, and shows a deeper grasp of criminal history than most of Nate's star-studded cases (Majic Man, 1999, etc.)."
There's no percentage in Nate Heller's getting involved with Senator Estes Kefauver's investigation of organized crime. Read full book review >

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STOLEN AWAY by Max Allan Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 1991

"Her smile was a tragic fucking thing''), this is a meaty, satisfying rehash of the crime of the century—required reading for people who still wonder."
The Lindbergh kidnapping, with its pendant of unsolved mysteries and its merry-go-round of motley extortionists, is tailor-made for hard-boiled historical specialist Nate Heller (True Detective, Neon Mirage), whose hit-or-miss author pulls out all the stops in this lavish fictionalization. Read full book review >

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BLOOD AND THUNDER by Max Allan Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 1995

"Even though he fails again as a bodyguard, Nate's eighth book (Carnal Hours, 1994, etc.) may be his finest hour."
Nathan Heller may be a great detective, but you don't want the man as your bodyguard. Read full book review >

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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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FLESH & BLOOD by Max Allan Collins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2001

"Memo to next volume's contributors: Lust makes a great appetizer between the covers, but a more satisfying entrée between the sheets."
The concept must have seemed irresistible: Instead of using cats on vacation or Sherlock Holmes's Christmas to hang a collection of mysteries on, why not use something people are actually interested in reading about, like sweaty sex? Read full book review >