Search Results: "Max Allan Collins"


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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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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 >

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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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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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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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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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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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Released: Dec. 8, 1994

"A solid collection guaranteed to get your adrenalin flowing, though your brain may remain in neutral."
Collins's new series of hard-boiled anthologies begins snappily with this collection of 17 stories about professional killers. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"The only major disappointment among the 18 otherwise-new stories is Mickey Spillane's quaint reminder of how little it took to make a mystery look risqué back in 1973."
Somebody must sure like sex capped by murder (few crimes here less weighty than homicide), since this sequel to Collins and Gelb's 2001 Flesh & Blood has appeared with all the impatient haste of a john circling a city block. 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 >