INTERVIEW WITH MAX ALLAN COLLINS by Michael Barson

INTERVIEW WITH MAX ALLAN COLLINS by Michael Barson Michel Barson: When did you first begin reading Mickey Spillane’s novels? Max Allan Collins: During the late ’50s/early ’60s craze of TV private eyes, I began looking at the novels that had served as inspiration or even direct adaptations — a lot of that craze had literary roots: The Thin Man, Phillip Marlowe, Perry Mason, Mike Hammer, 77 Sunset Strip, Honey West. I read Hammettt, Chandler and Spillane in that order, starting at around 12. I would be enticed by the covers of the Spillane paperbacks on the spinner racks at Cohn’s Newsland — I mistook the...

Review of THE LAST STAND By Mickey Spillane

THE LAST STAND Mickey Spillane March 2018 Hard Case Crime On March 9th of this year (2018) Mickey Spillane would have been 100 years old. As a fan of mystery novels I think this is reason to celebrate. Apparently, the good folks at Hard Case Crime agree because they are releasing a previously never published book by the master, and also published for the first time, the last novel he wrote complete. In the introduction for this book Max Allan Collins, both a Spillane scholar and friend to the late hard-boiled icon, some of the history is explained. A BULLET FOR SATISFACTION (a novella length story) appeared to have been written around 1952...

2017 Shamus Award Nominees Announced May31

2017 Shamus Award Nominees Announced

The Private Eye Writers Of America have announced the nominees for the 2017 Shamus Awards. The awards honor the best novels published in 2016, the winners will be announced at PWA Banquet at Bouchercon in Toronto, Canada. Best Private Eye Novel Reed Farrel Coleman, Where It Hurts. Putnam Lindsey Davis, The Graveyard of the Hesperides. Minotaur Timothy Hallinan, Fields Where They Lay. Soho Crime Al Lamanda, With 6 You Get Wally. Gale Cengage Robert S. Levinson, The Stardom Affair. Five Star Best Original Private Eye Paperback Michael Craven, The Detective and the Chinese High-Fin. Harper Collins O’Neil De Noux, Hold Me, Babe. Big Kiss...

Max Allan Collins, Ellen Hart named MWA’s 2017 Grand Masters Nov30

Max Allan Collins, Ellen Hart named MWA’s 20...

The Mystery Writers of America have announced the 2017 Grand Masters, as well as the recipients of the Raven and Ellery Queen Awards.   On April 27th, Max Allan Collins and Ellen Hart will be presented with the MWA Grand Master award. MWA’s Grand Master Award represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing and was established to acknowledge important contributions to this genre, as well as for a body of work that is both significant and of consistent high quality. Mr. Collins and Ms. Hart will receive their awards at the 71st Annual Edgar Awards Banquet, which will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. When told...

QUARRY: Cinemax sets September 9th for series debu...

Cinemax has announced that QUARRY, the series based on the works of Max Allan Collins, will debut on September 9th (10 ET). When U.S. Marine Mac Conway returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972, he finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public he fought for. While struggling with the nightmarish experiences he witnessed and took part in, Conway is unwillingly drawn into a network of killing that spans the length of the Mississippi River. Logan Marshall-Green (“Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Prometheus”) stars as Mac Conway, aka Quarry, who is trying to readapt to normal society after Vietnam. Struggling to make ends...