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Leo W. Banks graduated from Boston College and earned a masters degree from the University of Arizona, where he later taught writing. He has written four books of Old West history for Arizona Highways publishing and co-wrote a book about the Grand Canyon. Today, Banks writes a column for True West magazine. Double Wide is his first novel.
Career criminal Longview Moody assumes his dead, twin brother's identity as the new Chief of Police of a Texas town that's being terrorized by a Mexican drug cartel.
The powerful sequel to EL CAMINO DEL RIO. U.S. Border Patrol Agent Dolph Martinez battles crime and corruption in empty desert borderlands of Texas and Mexico where "la mordida," the payoff, is a way of life.
Katy Touchfeather is an airline stewardess who's actually a deadly British spy. The audiobook edition of Jimmy Sangster's swinging 60s espionage classic, read by Helen Taylor
Max Allan Collins introduces you to the Complete Perdition Saga... now available together in terrific uniform editions from Brash Books, including the complete novel of ROAD TO PERDITION in print for the first time.
Jimmy Sangster was an amazing writer. He was one of the best screenwriters for Hammer’s horror movies, and he was all over U.S. TV in the ’70s (check out his IMDb entry). He also wrote novels, several of which I read and enjoyed, including two about a spy named Katy Touchfeather.
Road to Paradise was an especially difficult one to put together, making me flex narrative muscles – characterization depths – that I hadn’t before or since. I think of it as a kind of deadpan tragedy, with some blood-spattered redemption by journey’s end.
Brash Books will publish my first novel, Double Wide, on Nov 1. I wrote the first version of it in the 1980s. What are we looking at here, more than three decades? Sounds about right…
When I see a book in Barnes & Noble, or any bookstore, I didn’t know existed, that is where I buy it. I don’t look it up on Amazon to see how much cheaper it is. And when I do buy a book (or any media-type item) from Amazon, I buy it from them, not a secondary seller – I want the author and the publisher to benefit, so that more books can happen.
HBO/Cinemax has officially cancelled the Quarry series, but this comes as no surprise. A shake-up at the network, as well as a conflict between the star (who is committed to another series pilot) and the director of all eight episodes, spelled it out long ago.
the best heroes display genuine humanity and vulnerability. Moreover, the best protagonists don’t shy away from their vulnerability but embrace it. They understand their vulnerability isn’t their weakness–it is the source of their strength.
(In my Edgar speech) I did manage to talk about the three key mentors of my early professional career – two of whom were MWA Grand Masters themselves, Donald E. Westlake and Mickey Spillane. I mentioned that Don had given his blessing when Bait Money sold, and generated sequels, even though they were outrageously imitative of his work. And I shared some writing advice Mickey gave me – “Take your wallet out of your back pocket before you sit down to write.” To which I said to Mickey, “Mick, I’m pretty sure your wallet is fatter than mine.”