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Latest Additions

Author Double Wide - Coming in November

Double Wide - Coming in November By Leo W. Banks

Disgraced former baseball phenom Prospero Stark turns detective when someone leaves his former catcher's severed hand on the doorstep of his Airstream trailer.

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Author Texas Vigilante - Audiobook

Texas Vigilante - Audiobook By Bill Crider

The audiobook edition of Bill Crider's novel, read by John Burlinson

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Author Hail Storme - Audiobook

Hail Storme - Audiobook By W.L. Ripley

The audiobook edition of W.L. Ripley's novel, read by J. Rodney Turner

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Author Road to Paradise - Coming in November

Road to Paradise - Coming in November By Max Allan Collins

Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Max Allan Collins brings his acclaimed and unforgettable Perdition saga to a breathtaking conclusion. It's 1973, and Michael is on the road with his 16-yedar-old daughter, his life-long struggle for redemption at odds with his thirst for revenge.

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From The Blog

Max Allan Collins: Support Your Local Bookseller…And Amazon, Too.

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.

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Max Allan Collins: A Cancellation and a Nomination

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.

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Andy Straka: On Cancer, Vulnerability and Action Heroes

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.

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Max Allan Collins: The Grandmaster Speaketh

(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.”

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Patrick E. McLean: The Lure of the Heist

Faulkner said that all great stories are about the same thing, “The human heart in conflict with itself.” Crime novels (and especially heist stories) have this baked in. At the most basic level, stealing or not stealing something is a conflict between fear and greed. And even if you get away with it, the conflict can easily become a person at war with their own conscience.

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Max Allan Collins: Traveling the Long, Winding road to PURGATORY

With the “Road to Perdition” movie in production, and having written the novelization (even if it was published in a truncated form…until just lately), I thought writing prose sequels, as opposed to graphic novel ones, made the most sense.

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Max Allan Collins: The Long Road to the ROAD TO PERDITION

Perhaps you’ve read the graphic novel and don’t see the point in revisiting this story, particularly if you’ve seen the movie. Or maybe you read the previously published version and figure that, even though it’s 30,000 words shorter, you’ve already experienced this story in prose. The new Road to Perdition novel (and it’s “new” despite having been written in 2001) is not just 30,000 words longer – it’s a different novel entirely. To explain, I have to revisit the painful experience of writing it…

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Phillip Thompson: Writing vs. Editing

There’s an old saying that it’s easier to edit than it is to write, but I’m not sure I’m all in on that. Especially when you’re writing long form fiction.

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