INTERVIEW WITH MAX ALLAN COLLINS

GIRL MOST LIKELY by Max Allan Collins is more of a police procedural than a thriller. What makes this plot unique is the relationships.  In this book, the police chief is the daughter and she enlists her father’s help to find a killer. Krista Larson has recently lost her mother.  She is worried about her father, Keith, who appears suicidal from his grief.  Deciding a change of environment is best for him, Krista moves him in with her to a small town in Illinois. Galena is in northwestern Illinois that is close to Dubuque and not too far from Chicago. It is the birthplace of US Grant. While trying to make her father feel at home...

Lisa Gardner, Max Allan Collins featured in this week’s giveaway Nov16

Lisa Gardner, Max Allan Collins featured in this w...

This week, CrimeSpree and  Friday Reads Facebook page  are offering up copies of LOOK FOR ME by Lisa Gardner and SCARFACE AND THE UNTOUCHABLE by Max Allan Collins LOOK FOR ME THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “An utterly absorbing story about troubled families and twisted fates. You won’t be able to put it down—and it will haunt you long after you turn the final page.”—Shari Lapena “A complex crime scene, a missing girl, a ticking clock: no one writes a more page-turning, gut-wrenching thriller.”—Tess Gerritsen In #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner’s latest twisty thrill ride, Detective D. D. Warren and Find Her’s...

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...