Tag Archives: Max Allan Collins

REVIEW: “QUARRY’S VOTE”

  Understatement of the year: “My big mistake was allowing happiness to creep in.” That’s Quarry talking, and it provides the opening line of Quarry’s Vote (Hard Case Crime/Titan Books, 2015) by Max Allan Collins, a rerelease of Collins’ 1987 novel, originally titled Primary Target. This edition, however, rests behind one of Hard Case Crime’s patented pulp-style covers, […]

REVIEW: “MURDER NEVER KNOCKS”

When you love a great series character, and the author dies, a little of you dies with him, because you know that your beloved character will visit you no more. Many millions of crime fiction fans felt that way when Mickey Spillane passed away in 2006 at the age of 88, because with his departure, […]

REVIEW: “KILL ME, DARLING”

Just before Mickey Spillane passed away in 2006 at the age of 88, he alerted his wife to the presence of unfinished manuscripts in his office. He told her to “Give them to Max. He’ll know what to do.” “Max” was Max Allan Collins, veteran crime fiction writer of scores of novels and several successful series. Collins […]

LET’S REVISIT “FULLY LOADED”, SHALL WE?

Looking out the window at a gray, windy day here in Key West, I was reminded of an earlier short story of mine, a little opus titled Fully Loaded. It’s a slice of Southern noir, and since I just got done reading and reviewing Quarry’s Choice, a very noirish novel by Max Allan Collins which, like my short story, is […]

REVIEW: “QUARRY’S CHOICE”

Send a hitman to do a job along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, throw in the usual obstacles, including maybe a sexy woman or two, and you might think you’re in for a paint-by-numbers crime novel, hardly worth the time. But this isn’t like any other such novel, because it’s Quarry’s Choice (2015, Hard Case Crime) a page-turner written […]

REVIEW: “THE WRONG QUARRY”

It’s tough out there for the professional hitman. You’ve got to pick up and go to a strange town on a moment’s notice, locate your target, and stake him out for a week or so, following his every move, learning his habits, in order to minimize the margin of error. Then, if you work alone, you […]

REVIEW: “COMPLEX 90”

COMPLEX 90 by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins (2013) Reviewed by Mike Dennis When Laura Knapp blew her brains out in the finale of Mickey Spillane’s The Girl Hunters (1962), everyone figured that was the end of the Commie ring that was threatening our treasured American way of life. Little did they know that uber-villain Comrade […]

REVIEW: “TARGET LANCER”

TARGET LANCER (2012) by Max Allan Collins Review by Mike Dennis November, 1963. Private eye Nate Heller has been enlisted by the Secret Service to help prevent the assassination of John Kennedy. Snipers with high-powered rifles are slated to shoot the president as he passes by in an open convertible, a patsy has been arranged to […]

REVIEW: “LADY, GO DIE!”

LADY, GO DIE! (2012) by Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane Review by Mike Dennis   “Take everything you find and give it to Max, he’ll know what to do.” Those were Mickey Spillane’s instructions to his wife one week before his death in 2006. He was referring to a number of partial manuscripts and […]

NEW KEY WEST NOIR, “MAN-SLAUGHTER”, NOW AVAILABLE

The third entry in my Key West Nocturnes Series, Man-Slaughter, is now available. It’s a very noir tale of a man on the run with few choices open to him. Here’s a brief description: It’s hot in the Florida Keys in August. For Teddy Myles, it’s even hotter as he tries to outrun both the […]