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Book Review: Max Allan Collins Does Mickey Spillane & Mike Hammer Proud With 'Lady, Go Die!'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2012 1:57 PM
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In his ten rules for writing, Elmore Leonard forgoes the advice of Ernest Hemingway, and says: "Never open a book with weather." Well, Mickey Spillane isn't one for niceties or poetry, and he certainly lived by that code, as the late author's "Lady, Go Die!" doesn't mince words from the get go: "They were kicking the hell out of the little guy."

Book Review: Max Allan Collins Serves Up A Double Dose Of Pulp With 'The Consummata' & 'Quarry's Ex'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 16, 2011 6:33 AM
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Shamus Award-winning author, screenwriter, filmmaker and more, Max Allan Collins -- perhaps best known as the man behind "Road To Perdition" -- has been pretty busy of late. His book “Black Hats” recently began its journey to the big screen with Harrison Ford signing on to take a lead role, and this fall finds Collins delivering two more books, "The Consummata" and "Quarry's Ex," both via the excellent pulp fiction publishing house Hard Case Crime. And they both arrive with a curious back story. "The Consummata" is actually an unfinished Mickey Spillane novel and a sequel that Collins was tasked with finishing, while "Quarry's Ex" is a return to franchise and character that he ended. Yet, despite the seeming limitations imposed on the writer, in both cases, he manages to deliver solid pulp with enough intrigue, sex and grit to keep page-turners happy.

Max Allan Collins Says 'Road To Perdition' Sequel Still Happening; Talks Beatty's 'Dick Tracy' Doc

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2011 7:27 AM
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Veteran writer Max Allan Collins has a career where he's found himself firmly entrenched and very busy in three different mediums. As an author, he is best known for his Shamus Award-winning noir and crime fiction, and is perhaps most recognized for his Nathan Heller and Quarry series of books in addition to completing several unfinished manuscripts by the legendary Mickey Spillane, to critical acclaim. In the comic world, he's best known for writing "Road to Perdition," turned into the film by Sam Mendes, and that's not his only venture into the movie biz, having directed a couple of low budget B pictures and more recently, having penned the book "Black Hats" that has Harrison Ford attached to star in the adaptation. As you can tell, his work crosses over frequently between mediums, and he always seemingly has a new project on the go.

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