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...

Mickey Spillane’s 100th Birthday: Did You Kn...

Mickey was a spokesman for Miller Lite for 18 years. He made over 100 commercials both for TV and radio. He would actually come here to Milwaukee and record the radio spots over a period of a few days. I’ve met the sound tech who recorded them and he said Mickey was always a lot of fun and that “The Blonde” (Lee Meredith) was actually really smart and funny. Miller treated him like a king when he was...

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...

KING OF THE WEEDS : Spillane/Collins

KING OF THE WEEDS Mickey Spillane/Max Allan Collins 2014 Titan Books A few years back we ran a cover story with Max Allan Collins in which he discussed Mickey Spillane and talked about being asked by Spillane to finish unfinished projects that he had. Max Allan Collins was Spillane’s chosen heir and being a fan of both authors I have to say that the fact is reading this book I can’t tell where Spillane ends and Collins begins. It is proof to me that Collins was the right choice. KING OF THE WEEDS opens with things kind of quiet for Mike Hammer. He and Velda are getting married and long time associate Pat Chambers, Homicide Captain is...