Biography

Max Allan Collins

Max Allan Collins is the author of the graphic novel ROAD TO PERDITION, source for the Academy Award-winning Tom Hanks film. His 10 CSI television tie-ins are international bestsellers, and his Nathan Heller series has won the Best Novel "Shamus" Award twice. He co-wrote the film festival favorite, "The Last Lullaby," adapted from his acclaimed novel, THE LAST QUARRY. He lives in Muscatine, Iowa.

Max Allan Collins

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Books by Max Allan Collins

by Max Allan Collins - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

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, although he disagrees with McCarthy's witch-hunting tactics. When famous mystery writer Dashiell Hammett comes to Heller about a last minute attempt to save the Rosenbergs, Heller decides to take on the case. 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 then the scientist goes missing.

by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins - Fiction, Western

Crooked Sheriff Harry Gauge rules the town of Trinidad, New Mexico, with an iron fist. His latest scheme is to force rancher George Cullen into selling his spread and to take Cullen's beautiful daughter, Willa, for his bride --- whether she's willing or not. The old man isn't about to go down without a fight. He sends out a telegram to hire the west's toughest gunslinger to kill the sheriff. But when a stranger rides into Trinidad, no one's sure who he is --- but it's deadly clear he's a man who won't be pushed.

by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins - Fiction, Western

Caleb York has made up his mind and packed his bags. He'll be on the next stage, bound for San Diego and a new life as a Pinkerton man. But before Caleb can say a proper goodbye to his sweetheart, Willa, a peaceful morning erupts into blazing gunfire. Someone has to bring law and order to the wild little town of Trinidad, even as a band of outlaw brothers rides the vengeance trail and a new cattle baron sets his sights on more land…and on Willa, too. With his Colt loaded for justice and a sheriff's badge on his chest, Caleb York emerges as a classic Western hero who knows just how to stand up to the deadliest of enemies --- and win.

by Max Allan Collins - Fiction, Hard-boiled Mystery, Mystery

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.

by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins - Fiction, Hard-boiled Mystery, Mystery, Noir

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?

by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins - Fiction, Mystery, Noir

PI Mike Hammer’s secretary and partner, Velda, has walked out on him without explanation. It then develops that an old cop who once worked with Velda turns up murdered. What’s more, Mike’s pal, Captain Pat Chambers, has discovered that Velda is in Florida, the moll of gangster and drug runner Nolly Quinn. Hammer hits the road and drives to Miami. But can they find Velda in time? And what is the connection between the murdered vice cop in Manhattan and Mike’s ex turning gun moll in Florida?

by Max Allan Collins - Fiction, Hard-boiled Mystery, Mystery

It's normal to see bodies on the set of an adult film. But when they're dead bodies --- and the cast and crew discover they're trapped in a house with a serial killer --- Quarry has his work cut out for him.

by Max Allan Collins - Fiction, Hard-boiled Mystery, Mystery

Putting his plan in motion to target other hitmen, Quarry follows one from steamy Florida to the sober Midwest. But this killer isn't a man at all --- she's a sloe-eyed beauty, as dangerous in bed as she is deadly on the job. Has Quarry finally met his match?

by Max Allan Collins - Fiction, Hard-boiled Mystery, Mystery

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?

by Max Allan Collins - Fiction, Hard-boiled Mystery, Mystery

The assignment was simple: stake out the man's home and kill him. Easy work for a professional like Quarry. But when things go horribly wrong, Quarry finds himself with a new mission: learn who hired him and make the bastard pay.

by Max Allan Collins - Fiction, Hard-boiled Crime Fiction

Quarry is a pro in the murder business. When the man he works for becomes a target himself, Quarry is sent South to remove a traitor in the ranks. But in this wide-open city --- with sin everywhere, and betrayal around every corner --- Quarry must make the most dangerous choice of his deadly career: Who to kill?

by Max Allan Collins - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Is a mastermind mounting an unprecedented judicial coup aimed at replacing ultra-conservative justices with a new liberal majority? To crack the conspiracy and save the lives of not just the justices but also Secret Service agent Joseph Reeder’s own family, FBI agent Patti Rogers and legendary investigator Reeder must push their skills --- and themselves --- to the limit.

by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins - Fiction, Hard-boiled Mystery, Mystery

Mike Hammer finds himself up against a clever serial killer targeting only cops. The culprit, who Hammer’s old friend, Captain Pat Chambers, had put away many years ago, is suddenly freed on new, seemingly indisputable evidence. Hammer wonders if this placid, very odd old man might somehow be engineering cop killings that all seem to be either accidental or by natural causes.

by Max Allan Collins - Fiction, Hard-boiled Crime Fiction

Quarry doesn't kill just anybody these days. He restricts himself to targeting other hitmen, availing his marked-for-death clients of two services: eliminating the killers sent after them, and finding out who hired them…and then removing that problem as well. So far he's rid the world of nobody who would be missed. But this time he finds himself zeroing in on the grieving family of a missing cheerleader. Does the hitman's hitman have the wrong quarry in his sights?

by Max Allan Collins - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

In 1964, Beatlemania sweeps the nation, the Vietnam War looms, and the Warren Commission prepares to blame a “lone-nut” assassin for the killing of JFK. But as the post-Camelot era begins, a suspicious outbreak of suicides, accidental deaths and outright murders decimates assassination witnesses. It’s up to Nathan Heller and celebrity columnist Flo Kilgore to investigate this increasing wave of violence.

by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins - Fiction, Hard-boiled Mystery, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

Mike Hammer accompanies a conservative politician to Moscow on a fact-finding mission. Arrested and imprisoned by the KGB on a bogus charge, he quickly escapes, creating an international incident by getting into a fire fight with Russian agents. On his stateside return, the government is none too happy with Hammer. Russia is insisting upon his return to stand charges, and various government agencies are following him. A question dogs our hero: why him?

by Max Allan Collins - Fiction, Hard-boiled Mystery, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

Jack Starr is the vice president of a New York City comic book publisher at the very time in the 1950s when comics are under siege from all directions, including Congress, as being dangerous to children. When a prominent expert against the industry is killed, Jack has to find out who did it in this hardboiled novel inspired by real historical events.

by Max Allan Collins - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

Nathan Heller, "P.I. to the Stars," knows that a conspiracy is in the works long before November 22, 1963. Several years earlier, he had been involved in the early stages of a plan to assassinate Fidel Castro that was cut short when his Mafia contact was murdered. After being interrogated by gangsters and contacted by U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy, Heller realizes that he may be the one person who can prevent a devastating political assassination.

by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins - Fiction, Mystery

When Private Investigator Mike Hammer spots a brutally destroyed corpse on the side of the road in upstate New York, there’s no question of him not taking the case. Especially when Melodie Anderson, the stunning young reporter determined to investigate, goes missing. But as Mike sifts through Melodie’s leads in a race to find her before it’s too late, he discovers a murder method more horrible than anything he’s ever come across.

by Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane - Mystery

Private eye Mike Hammer’s old mentor on the New York police force has committed suicide, but Hammer knows that Inspector Doolan would never have killed himself. When a woman is murdered practically on the funeral home’s doorstep, Hammer is drawn into the hunt for a cache of Nazi diamonds, and for the mysterious beauty who had been close to Doolan in his final days.

by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Begun by mystery master Mickey Spillane in the late 1960s and completed four decades later by his friend Max Allan Collins, THE CONSUMMATA follows Morgan the Raider in a breathtaking chase to retrieve a huge sum of money stolen from the struggling Cuban exiles who rescued him. 

by Max Allan Collins - Fiction, Mystery

After enigmatic hit man Quarry killed his cheating wife's lover, he was recruited to use his skills as a contract killer. What he didn't expect was ever running into his ex again...

by Max Allan Collins - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery

PI Nathan Heller returns in his first new novel in a decade, as Max Allan Collins brings to life a vivid star-studded cast, from JFK and RFK to Frank Sinatra and Peter Lawford, from Jimmy Hoffa and Joe DiMaggio to Hugh Hefner and Sam Giancana.