New Release Books by Max Allan Collins

Max Allan Collins is the author of Kill Me If You Can (2022), Quarry's Blood (2022), Tough Tender (2022), Dead-End Jobs (2021), Double Down (2021) and other 266 books.

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Kill Me If You Can

release date: Sep 13, 2022
Kill Me If You Can
Mike Hammer hits his 75th anniversary hard, after the disappearance of Velda, in this brand new case between Kiss Me, Deadly and The Girl Hunters, based on an unproduced screenplay from Mickey Spillane’s archives. Mike Hammer is on the case, this time hunting the murderer of his old friend and bootlegger-turned-legit-businessman Packy Paragon. Already torn up by the disappearance of Velda, his beloved secretary, Mike Hammer carves a brutal path for vengeance. Drinking heavily, his relationships fraying, his behavior self-destructive, Hammer has to track down Paragon's secret ledger, with the names of every corrupt official in town. With deception everywhere, and a whole host of reasons to want the ledger, Hammer has to pull himself together and solve the case before all hell breaks loose. Celebrating the 75th anniversary of Mike Hammer, and including five brand new short stories, read the lost story of Velda's disappearance after Kiss Me, Deadly. A thrilling ride for fans new and old.

Quarry's Blood

release date: Feb 22, 2022
Quarry's Blood
The hitman hero of the acclaimed series Quarry on Cinemax returns for his final act. By Quarry’s creator, the award-winning author of Road to Perdition! QUARRY'S VIOLENT PAST COMES LOOKING FOR HIM The professional hitman known as Quarry -- star of the Cinemax TV miniseries of the same name -- has put killing behind him. But after a beautiful writer of true-crime bestsellers drops by to announce he's the subject of her next book, killers descend to give him some of his own deadly medicine, forcing Quarry to journey into his bloody past to find the answers -- and settle old scores. QUARRY’S BLOOD brings the hitman’s decades-long saga right up to the present day as MWA Grand Master Max Allan Collins explores the startling final act of Quarry’s professional career.

Tough Tender

release date: Mar 15, 2022
Tough Tender
Has Nolan met his match? MWA Grandmaster Max Allan Collins’ veteran thief faces off against a cold-blooded femme fatale in this double-length adventure originally published as two complete novels and unavailable in stores for three decades. “Pulp fiction doesn’t get much better.” Sunday Times SOMETIMES YOU BURY THE PAST. SOMETIMES IT BURIES YOU. Every professional thief knows you never return to the scene of a crime. But what if you’re forced to? In this intense heist story – appearing in bookstores for the first time in three decades – MWA Grandmaster Max Allan Collins brings veteran thief Nolan and his young partner in crime Jon back to rob the same bank they targeted in their debut novel, TWO FOR THE MONEY, at the behest of an embezzling executive and a femme fatale with dollar signs where her soul should be. And those aren’t the only figures resurfacing from the past either – the ruthless Comfort clan is back to even old scores, and some members of the Outfit are packing bullets with Nolan’s name on them. With all these forces marshalled against him, can even the toughest professional hardcase come out on top?

Dead-End Jobs

release date: Jun 11, 2021
Dead-End Jobs
Contract killers have long been a point of interest for readers of crime fiction and action film fans. Dead-End Jobs: A Hitman Anthology offers up eighteen works of short fiction from some of the hottest writers in the business. While the stories all depict professional killers, they are wildly different in their tone and the styles in which they are written, as well as the way they are depicted and the point-of-view from which they're told. Some of these killers are seasoned professionals and others are new to the killing game. Some stories find their settings in urban locales such as New York City or Los Angeles and others in backwater rural locations. There are also contract killers of every stripe. Some stories depict the traditional organized crime gunmen while others feature corner boys doing the bidding of neighborhood drug dealers and the like. The stories in this collection are fast-paced and action-packed. Just as there are contract killers of varying pedigrees here, Dead-End Jobs features the writing of veteran wordsmiths such as Joe R. Lansdale, Max Allan Collins, and Stephen Spignesi, as well as new but equally exciting writers. Each author in this collection is as skilled as the hitters depicted in the stories. But their weapons are words instead of rifles and pistols, and every one absolutely kills here. Praise for DEAD-END JOBS: “An incredible collection of powerful and haunting stories that exist in that shadowy realm between tragedy, nihilism and noir.” —S.A. Cosby, author of Blacktop Wasteland

Double Down

release date: May 25, 2021
Double Down
Veteran thief Nolan tangles with a skyjacker and vigilante in two full-length novels from Grandmaster Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition), collected in one volume for the first time ever. It Takes a Thief to Take a Thief. In the aftermath of a bloody heist, Nolan and Jon find themselves flying home to count their ill-gotten gains -- but a skyjacker taking the same flight has other plans. Meanwhile, in Des Moines, someone is offing members of the Mob-connected DiPreta family and the Mob thinks maybe Nolan can make it stop. Maybe he can -- for a six-figure fee. Originally published as two separate novels (and unavailable in bookstores for 40 years!), DOUBLE DOWN finds Nolan and Jon pursuing the American dream in their inimitable criminal fashion. Flying high off his recent return after more than three decades in SKIM DEEP, Nolan is one of MWA Grand Master Max Allan Collins' most unforgettable characters, and DOUBLE DOWN is Nolan at his hard-boiled, larcenous best.

Skim Deep

release date: Jan 05, 2021
Skim Deep
The first new Nolan novel in 33 years from one of the masters of the genre, Max Allan Collins, award-winning author of Road to Perdition. The onetime world-class thief Nolan - now happily gone straight with his own restaurant/nightclub - whisks his longtime lover Sherry off to Vegas for a trip to a wedding chapel and a honeymoon stay. But an eye-in-the-sky security cam at a casino spots Nolan, whose past catches up with him when he's thought to be casing the joint. An old "friend" sees Nolan as the perfect patsy for a scheme to heist the weekly skim haul, and when the former thief's young frequent accomplice, Jon - a musician in the casino's house band - finds the couple mysteriously, suspiciously missing, it's up to Nolan's Best Man to keep wedding bells from tolling a funeral march.

Return to Perdition

release date: Oct 20, 2020
Return to Perdition
A new chapter in the saga of the O’Sullivan crime family from the acclaimed movie Road To Perdition. The time is America in the early 1970s and our third-generation hero, Michael Satariano, Jr. is a Vietnam vet recently returned to the States. He doesn’t know that his father’s real name was Michael O’Sullivan, and is unaware of the conflict between his dad, his grandfather and John Looney – the criminal godfather of Rock Island, Illinois. But when he’s recruited by the Mob as a hit man, he’s going to learn the hard way that you can never outrun (or outgun) your past.

Eliot Ness and the Mad Butcher

release date: Aug 04, 2020
Eliot Ness and the Mad Butcher
"The thrilling history of the torso murderer. The tale of the ‘Untouchable’ who got Al Capone but failed to solve his goriest case." —Dan Jones, The Sunday Times In the spirit of Devil in the White City comes a true detective tale of the highest standard: the haunting story of Eliot Ness's forgotten final case–his years-long hunt for "The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run," a serial killer who terrorized Cleveland through the Great Depression. “After helping to put Al Capone behind bars, lawman Eliot Ness came to Cleveland, where he did battle with a vicious killer. ... Even Ness was stumped trying to apprehend the ‘torso murderer’ responsible for a series of ghoulish killings. ... The authors have done Ness justice." —Wall Street Journal In 1934, the nation’s most legendary crime-fighter–fresh from taking on the greatest gangster in American history–arrived in Cleveland, a corrupt and dangerous town about to host a world's fair. It was to be his coronation, as well as the city's. Instead, terror descended, as headless bodies started turning up. The young detective, already battling the mob and crooked cops, found his drive to transform American policing subverted by a menace largely unknown to law enforcement: a serial murderer. Eliot Ness's greatest case had begun. Now, Max Allan Collins and A. Brad Schwartz–the acclaimed writing team behind Scarface and the Untouchable–uncover this lost crime epic, delivering a gripping and unforgettable nonfiction account based on decades of groundbreaking research. Ness had risen to fame in 1931 for leading the “Untouchables,” which helped put Chicago’s Al Capone behind bars. As Cleveland's public safety director, in charge of the police and fire departments, Ness offered a radical new vision for better law enforcement. Crime-ridden and devastated by the Depression, Cleveland was preparing for a star-turn itself: in 1936, it would host the "Great Lakes Exposition," which would be visited by seven million people. Late in the summer of 1934, however, pieces of a woman’s body began washing up on the Lake Erie shore–first her ribs, then part of her backbone, then the lower half of her torso. The body count soon grew to five, then ten, then more, all dismembered in gruesome ways. As Ness zeroed in on a suspect–a doctor tied to a prominent political family–powerful forces thwarted his quest for justice. In this battle between a flawed hero and a twisted monster–by turns horror story, political drama, and detective thriller–Collins and Schwartz find an American tragedy, classic in structure, epic in scope.

Hot Lead, Cold Justice

release date: May 26, 2020
Hot Lead, Cold Justice
Legendary crime writer Mickey Spillane’s celebrated tin-star hero Caleb York returns in the explosive Western saga by New York Times bestselling author Max Allan Collins. When Sheriff Caleb York’s deputy is shot down in cold blood, York has no doubt the bullets were meant for him.It’s the first nasty step in a plan rustled up by Luke “Burn ’Em” Burnham—eliminate the law, corral a team to rob a bank in booming Las Vegas, New Mexico, then lay low. With a treacherous local merchant for cover, and York out of the picture, all they’ll have to do is wait for the calm. Then they get wind of one little hitch: not only is York still alive, but he’s gunning for justice—and revenge. As the winter weather bears down, a chilling cat-and-mouse begins. York isn’t about to let Burnham and his gang of miscreants get away. It’d be a cold day in hell if he did. “A classic western . . . a six-gun-blasting winner from the first page to the last.” —Pulp Fiction Reviews on The Legend of Caleb York “Never lets up on the suspense.” —Booklist on The Legend of Caleb York “Well-crafted . . . great fun.” —Publishers Weekly on The Bloody Spur

Mike Hammer - Masquerade for Murder

release date: Mar 17, 2020
Mike Hammer - Masquerade for Murder
Mike Hammer, the iconic PI created by hard-boiled crime master Mickey Spillane and written by New York Times bestseller Max Allan Collins, returns in Masquerade for Murder. After Mike Hammer witnesses Wall Street superstar Vincent Colby getting clipped by a speeding red Ferrari, the shaken victim's stockbroker father hires Hammer to find the driver. But the toughest private eye of them all soon is caught up in a series of bizarre, seemingly unconnected slayings marked by a forbidden martial arts technique. What do a lovely redhead, a short-tempered bartender, an exotic call girl, a murdered police inspector and a movie stuntman have to do with a scheme that might have transformed young Colby into a psychological time bomb?

Suspense-His & Hers

release date: Sep 08, 2021
Suspense-His & Hers
Husband-and-wife mystery writing team Barbara and Max Allan Collins are showcased in this eclectic new collection of short stories, written individually and together. In tales spanning from noir to horror, and genres ranging from police procedural to private eye, the Collins duo finds suspense and dark humor in such unlikely places as the White House, a retirement home, and the San Diego comic con. Two of MWA Grand Master Max's most popular characters, Quarry (in two rare short story appearances) and Ms. Tree (in the Edgar-nominated "Louise"), appear in these pages. Honored short story writer Barbara explores topics from over-zealous feminists to hungry Venus fly traps in tales both comic and chilling. And Marilyn Monroe, a father-and-daughter detective team, and a small-town female cop are among the unlikely stars of his unusual, entertaining collection.

Do No Harm

release date: Mar 10, 2020
Do No Harm
Do No Harm is the next mystery in the Nathan Heller series by New York Times bestselling author Max Allan Collins. It's 1954 and Heller takes on the Sam Sheppard case—a young doctor is startled from sleep and discovers his wife brutally murdered. He claims that a mysterious intruder killed his wife. But all the evidence points to a disturbed husband who has grown tired of married life and yearned to be free at all costs. Sheppard is swiftly convicted and sent to rot in prison. Just how firm was the evidence...and was it tampered with to fit a convenient narrative to settle scores and push political agendas? Nathan’s old friend Elliot Ness calls in a favor and as Nathan digs into the case he becomes convinced of Sheppard’s innocence. But Nate can’t prove it and has to let the case drop. The road to justice is sometimes a long one. Heller's given another chance years later and this time he's determined to free the man...even if it brings his own death a bit closer. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Killing Quarry

release date: Nov 12, 2019
Killing Quarry
The hitman hero of the acclaimed series Quarry on Cinemax returns with an all-new assignment. By Quarry's creator, the award-wining author of Road to Perdition! Quarry, star of 13 previous novels, a comic book and the acclaimed Cinemax TV series, returns in an all-new assignment that takes the hitman's hitman into uncharted territory, when he finds out that for the first time someone has taken out a hit on him. And is the mysterious killer assigned to hit the hitman someone from Quarry's past? Maybe even a past lover...? From TI 9781785659454 TR.

Ms. Tree

release date: Sep 04, 2019
Ms. Tree
She’s about to be a mom but she’s already one mean mother! From writer Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition, Quarry, Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer) and artist Terry Beatty (Return to Perdition, The Phantom, Batman: Gotham Adventures) comes this hardboiled tale of one woman you don’t want to mess with. Bursting to life in 1981, Ms. Tree re-established noir crime fiction in comics and pioneered what became a trend for female private eyes. It remains the longest running private eye comic to date. This graphic novel brings together five classic Ms. Tree issues that you won’t want to miss. Collects: Gift of Death, Drop Dead Handsome, The Family Way, Maternity Leave, One Mean Mother.

Bombshell

release date: May 12, 2021
Bombshell
In an attempt to soothe growing Cold War tensions between America and Russia, Premier Nikita Khrushchev visits the US to see all that his "enemy" has to offer. Top of his to-do list? A trip to Disneyland and an introduction to sexual icon Marilyn Monroe. Thanks to the impossible security requirements, Disneyland is out of the question. Marilyn, on the other hand, jumps at the chance to put on a show for the Russian official. During her appearance, she overhears the details of an assassination plot designed to spark an atomic holocaust and devastate both superpowers. When the Secret Service refuses to believe her, Marilyn risks everything to whisk Khrushchev away to safety-in the happiest place on earth. With US agents and the KGB hot on their trail, Marilyn and Khrushchev enjoy the thrills of the amusement park while fighting to stay one step ahead of the assassins and prevent the horrors of an unprecedented war that would annihilate millions.  "Historical fiction, thriller and comedy rolled into one book. It was a page turner - I couldn't put it down."

Mike Hammer - Murder, My Love

release date: Mar 19, 2019
Mike Hammer - Murder, My Love
Hammer is summoned to a meeting with Jamie Winters, United States Senator from New York, and Jamie's lovely, very smart wife, Nicole, considered by many to be the power behind the throne. Winters is being blackmailed, and Hammer is given a list of suspects who may be behind the threats to the Senator's career. But when the suspects begin to drop like flies, Hammer realises there is more to this case than just a salacious tape.

Two For the Money

release date: Apr 27, 2021
Two For the Money
A brand-new edition of the first two classic Nolan novels, Bait Money (1973) and Blood Money (1973), now with a beautiful new cover painting. AFTER 16 YEARS ON THE RUN, WOULD NOLAN BURY THE HATCHET WITH THE MOB... OR WOULD THEY BURY HIM FIRST? They don't come tougher than Nolan - but even a hardened professional thief can't fight off the entire Chicago mafia. So when an old friend offers to broker a truce, Nolan accepts the terms. All he has to do is pull off one last heist - and trust the Mob not to double cross him. Fortunately, Nolan has a couple of things going for him: an uncanny knack for survival and an unmatched hunger for revenge...

Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer #3

release date: Aug 29, 2018
Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer #3
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Scarface and the Untouchable

release date: Aug 14, 2018
Scarface and the Untouchable
The new definitive history of gangster-era Chicago–a landmark work that is as riveting as a thriller. Now featuring a new preface, plus 115 photographs and a map of gangland Chicago. A Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year “Gripping. ... Reads like a novel.” —Chicago “Revolutionizes our understanding of Al Capone and Eliot Ness." —Matthew Pearl In 1929, thirty-year-old gangster Al Capone ruled both Chicago's underworld and its corrupt government. To a public who scorned Prohibition, "Scarface" became a local hero and national celebrity. But after the brutal St. Valentine's Day Massacre transformed Capone into "Public Enemy Number One," the federal government found an unlikely new hero in a twenty-seven-year-old Prohibition agent named Eliot Ness. Chosen to head the legendary law enforcement team known as "The Untouchables," Ness set his sights on crippling Capone's criminal empire. Today, no underworld figure is more iconic than Al Capone and no lawman as renowned as Eliot Ness. Yet in 2016 the Chicago Tribune wrote, "Al Capone still awaits the biographer who can fully untangle, and balance, the complexities of his life," while revisionist historians have continued to misrepresent Ness and his remarkable career. Enter Max Allan Collins and A. Brad Schwartz, a unique and vibrant writing team combining the narrative skill of a master novelist with the scholarly rigor of a trained historian. Collins is the New York Times bestselling author of the gangster classic Road to Perdition. Schwartz is a rising-star historian whose work anticipated the fake-news phenomenon. Scarface and the Untouchable draws upon decades of primary source research—including the personal papers of Ness and his associates, newly released federal files, and long-forgotten crime magazines containing interviews with the gangsters and G-men themselves. Collins and Schwartz have recaptured a bygone bullet-ridden era while uncovering the previously unrevealed truth behind Scarface's downfall. Together they have crafted the definitive work on Capone, Ness, and the battle for Chicago.

Butcher's Dozen

release date: Aug 27, 2020
Butcher's Dozen
Max Allan Collins has skillfully woven fact and fiction to create a unique mystery series based on the life and exploits of one of America's most memorable heroes. The former Untouchable teams up with a rookie cop, a headline-hungry reporter, and a beautiful woman in order to catch a crazed killer whose butchery has Cleveland in terror.

Mystery Tribune / Issue No5

release date: Jul 06, 2018
Mystery Tribune / Issue No5
Our 240 page Spring 2018 anniversary issue of Mystery Tribune is a must-have! This volume features previously unpublished short fiction from enduring voices such as Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins as well stories from Rob Hart and Todd Robinson. A curated collection of photography from European and American artists, interview with Megan Abbott and Alison Gaylin on comics thriller "Normandy Gold", and some of the best voices in mystery and suspense are among the other highlights. The issue features: Stories by Mickey Spillane, Max Allan Collins, Frank Diamond, Nels Hanson, Rob Hart, Todd Robinson, Lynn Kostoff, and Charles Roland. Revisit of a classic essay in defense of crime fiction by Arthur Benjamin Reeve. Interviews and Reviews by Megan Abbott, Alison Gaylin, and Tom Andes. Photography by Guda Koster (Netherlands), Chrissie White (U.S.) and more... An elegantly crafted quarterly issue, with a beautiful layout designed for optimal reading experience, our Spring 2018 issue will make a perfect companion or gift for avid mystery readers and fans of literary crime fiction.

Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer #1

release date: Jun 27, 2018
Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer #1
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Regeneration

release date: Apr 07, 2021
Regeneration
Joyce Lackey was a classic baby-boomer. She had it all: a high-paying position, a beautiful condo, a BMW. But there was one thing she didn't have any more - her youth, and that was what she needed most. Her boss fired her because he wanted someone with "young blood and young ideas." Joyce was forced to start all over again. But could she compete with all the beautiful young kids who were so hungry for what she had? The X-Gen Agency could give Joyce everything she wanted, everything she needed - a new job, a new body and a new identity. In short: a new life, but there was a price. It seemed reasonable enough when Joyce signed the contracts, and besides, she was desperate. By the time she realized what she had done, it was too late to turn back. This was one contract without an escape clause... "A clever, twisted generational thriller that fictionalizes the brewing Boomers vs. Gen X-ers conflict in the workplace and in society at large."

Quarry's War #3

release date: Feb 07, 2018
Quarry's War #3
p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Calibri} In Vietnam, Quarry and his spotter, Lance Corporal Roberts, were assigned to terminate a local torturer known as the Dragon Lady, but Quarry’s bullet went wide, leaving her with a scar and her life. Now back home after the war, working as a professional hit man, Quarry receives his next assignment – and it’s to terminate his old platoon-mate.

Mickey Spillane on Screen

release date: Jan 12, 2018
Mickey Spillane on Screen
In the mid–20th century, Mickey Spillane was the sensation of not just mystery fiction but publishing itself. The level of sex and violence in his Mike Hammer thrillers (starting with I, the Jury in 1947) broke down long-held taboos and engendered a near hysterical critical backlash. Nonetheless, Spillane’s influence has been felt—reflections of Hammer are visible in nearly every subsequent tough guy of fiction and film, including James Bond, Dirty Harry, Shaft, Billy Jack, and Jack Bauer. Spillane’s fiction came to the screen in a series of films that include Kiss Me Deadly (1955) and The Girl Hunters (1963) with the author himself playing his private eye. These films, and television series starring Darren McGavin and Stacy Keach respectively, are examined in a lively, knowledgeable fashion by Spillane experts. Included are cast and crew listings, brief biographical entries on key persons, and a lengthy interview with Spillane.

Shoot The Moon (and More)

release date: Jan 06, 2021
Shoot The Moon (and More)
AN OFF-THE-WALL ROMP AND OTHER EXHILARATING CRIME STORIES. Recent almost-college-grad Fred Kitchen and his eccentric six-foot-four pal, Wheaty, pay off a poker debt with a prank - showing their stuff in the then-current fad of streaking. Soon they are under arrest and in jail, killing time by playing cards with a couple of hardened criminals, unwittingly racking up a new debt...one that can only be paid off by participating in a bank robbery during a small-town festival. Written as a tribute to the comic novels of his mentor Donald E. Westlake, Shoot the Moon is a fast, funny crime novel written early in his career by Max Allan Collins.

The Big Showdown

release date: Mar 28, 2017
The Big Showdown
The sheriff is about to head for greener pastures—until outlaws stain his small town with blood in the New York Times bestselling author's action Western. Caleb York is saddling up to try his hand as a Pinkerton man out California way. But before he can leave Trinidad, New Mexico, a peaceful morning erupts in a barrage of gunfire. When the dust settles, Caleb has gunned down two bad men, with another just dodging a ticket to hell . . . after leaving Trinidad's new sheriff dead in the street. Lightning quick, Caleb rides after the fleeing gunman, only to be swept up in an evil wind blowing back through the sleepy town, threatening its very existence. Caleb's only chance to restore justice is to load his guns, dig in his spurs, and take on a ruthless killer. In a town riddled with bullets and hoping for a hero, Caleb York is ready to face the vengeful outlaws in a chilling, storm-swept showdown. Shortly before his death, legendary crime writer Mickey Spillane asked that his friend and protégé Max Allan Collins—himself an acclaimed writer—complete his unfinished works. Among them was an unproduced screenplay featuring Sheriff Caleb York, which sparked the action-packed, truly gritty Caleb York Western series. Praise for Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins “Collins displays his mastery of Spillane's distinctive two-fisted prose.” —Publishers Weekly “Spillane is a pioneer of tough-guy ethics.” —Washington Post

Shoot-Out at Sugar Creek

release date: Jan 01, 2021
Shoot-Out at Sugar Creek
"Mickey Spillane's celebrated tin-star hero Caleb York returns... This time, Sheriff York will have to keep his wits about him as he goes toe-to-toe with a powerful cattle baroness who is manipulative, clever, and out for revenge..."--

To Live and Spy In Berlin

release date: Jul 14, 2021
To Live and Spy In Berlin
INVOKING THE BEST OF THE ORIGINAL JAMES BOND SPY THRILLERS. 1963 - It is rumored John Sand was the basis for a certain famous fictional spy created by an old colleague of his at his writing retreat in Jamaica. It's also believed that Sand has exchanged espionage for a cushy life as an energy company executive working for his oil-heiress bride, Stacey. Sand is now at work for a new international agency headed up by his former MI6 boss, with both John and Stacey-who has been trained to work with her husband side by side. Together, they have been assigned to recover a cache of stolen uranium, while also discovering what a bunch of not-so-former Nazis are up to in South America. Joining in the hunt is Sand's former lover, Charlotte DuBois, a French agent as lovely as she is deadly. Their bullet-blazing adventures take them from Switzerland to Argentina, and from the casinos of Las Vegas casinos to the docks of Buenos Aires, with the very real possibility of ending up in the historic bunkers beneath the Berlin wall-on the brink of World War III...

So Long, Chief

release date: Dec 06, 2016
So Long, Chief
From legendary noir novelist Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins, a short story in which world-famous private eye Mike Hammer repays a debt to a dying police chief, proving loyalty can be as deadly as deception. A legendary and retired police chief lies in a New York hospital bed, visited by two strangers: the first is ex-cop-turned-PI Mike Hammer, whose life was saved more than once by the old man. To the detective, the chief gives a mysterious key. The second visitor murders the chief, mere days before he would have died from natural causes. Someone is trying to tie up loose ends, and Mike Hammer is the only one with the evidence and calculation to ferret him or her out. "So Long, Chief" by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins is one of 20 short stories within Mulholland Books's Strand Originals series, featuring thrilling stories by the biggest names in mystery from the Strand Magazine archives. View the full series list at mulhollandbooks.com and listen to them all!

A Long Time Dead

release date: Sep 06, 2016
A Long Time Dead
With an introduction by Max Allan Collins: The first collection of stories starring legendary Mike Hammer, the toughest private investigator in history It starts with a few near-accidents: A car almost swipes Mike Hammer when he’s crossing the street. A junkie robs the notoriously hardboiled detective at knifepoint. A fight on a subway platform comes close to pushing him in front of a train. While any one of these could be a coincidence, together they make a conspiracy—one that Hammer will have to end in order to survive. And when it comes to finishing something—or someone—nobody does it better than Hammer. One of the twentieth century’s bestselling American mystery authors, Mickey Spillane changed noir fiction forever when he loosed Mike Hammer on the world. Now these eight short stories, collected and finished by Max Allan Collins, show that Spillane is still capable of redefining the genre. The stories in A Long Time Dead have received numerous accolades, including an Edgar Award nomination, two International Association of Media and Tie-in Writers “Scribe” Awards, and a Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award.

Better Dead

release date: May 03, 2016
Better Dead
Better Dead: The latest Nathan Heller Thriller from Max Allan Collins! It's the early 1950's. Joe McCarthy is campaigning to rid America of the Red Menace. Nate Heller is doing legwork for the senator, though the Chicago detective is disheartened by McCarthy's witch-hunting tactics. He's made friends with a young staffer, Bobby Kennedy, while trading barbs with a potential enemy, the attorney Roy Cohn, who rubs Heller the wrong way. Not the least of which for successfully prosecuting the so-called Atomic Bomb spies, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. When famous mystery writer Dashiell Hammett comes to Heller representing a group of showbiz and literary leftists who are engaged in a last minute attempt to save the Rosenbergs, Heller decides to take on the case. Heller will have to play both sides to do this, and when McCarthy also tasks Heller to find out what the CIA has on him, Heller reluctantly agrees. His main lead is an army scientist working for the C.I.A. who admits to Heller that he's been having misgivings about the work he's doing and elliptically referring to the Cold War making World War II look like a tea party. And then the scientist goes missing.

Quarry's Vote

release date: Mar 08, 2016
Quarry's Vote
ASK NOT WHO YOU CAN KILL FOR YOUR COUNTRY Now retired and happily married, Quarry turns down a million-dollar contract to assassinate a presidential candidate. It’s not the sort of assignment you can just walk away from without consequences—but coming after Quarry has consequences, too.

Mike Hammer - Murder Never Knocks

release date: Mar 08, 2016
Mike Hammer - Murder Never Knocks
A failed attempt on his life by a contract killer gets Mike Hammer riled up. But it also lands him an unlikely job: security detail for a Hollywood producer having a party to honor his beautiful fiancée, a rising Broadway star. But it’s no walk in the park, as Hammer finds violence following him and his beautiful P.I. partner Velda into the swankiest of crime scenes. In the meantime, Hammer is trying to figure out who put the hitman on him. Is there a connection with the death of a newsstand operator who took a bullet meant for him? A shadowy figure looking for the kill of his life?

Quarry's List

release date: Dec 08, 2015
Quarry's List
SOMETIMES INFORMATION CAN BE THE MOST DANGEROUS WEAPON When the man he worked for abruptly exits the business, Quarry finds himself in the crosshairs as a rival tries to take over. But what does Quarry have that the new man wants? And how did the beautiful blonde in the swimming pool become a target? NOW A CINEMAX TELEVISION SERIES! The longest-running series from Max Allan Collins, author of Road to Perdition, and the first ever to feature a hitman as the main character, the Quarry novels tell the story of a paid assassin with a rebellious streak and an unlikely taste for justice. Once a Marine sniper, Quarry found a new home stateside with a group of contract killers. But some men aren't made for taking orders - and when Quarry strikes off on his own, god help the man on the other side of his nine-millimeter...

A Killing in Comics

release date: Oct 21, 2015
A Killing in Comics
A former striptease artist runs a newspaper syndicate's distribution of a superhero comic. When her publisher is murdered, she hunts for the killer among minions of a different sort of syndicate.
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