Black Hats

Black Hats by Max Allan Collins

Legendary lawman Wyatt Earp straps on his six-shooter to battle a new breed of bad man in a new land  — rising gangster Al Capone and his machine-gun toting killers on the streets of New York City.

It’s the 1920s, the glittering jazz age, and the beginning of the blood-soaked prohibition-era. The wild west and the gunfight at the OK Corral are fading memories, even for aging lawman Wyatt Earp, who is toiling in Los Angeles as a private eye and a technical consultant on cowboy movies. When Doc Holliday’s son, who is running a glitzy nightclub in Manhattan, is targeted by the mob, Wyatt gladly leaves the tamed west for the wild east to defend him, pitting himself against a brutal, young gangster named Al Capone…


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USS Powderkeg – Coming Soon

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A high-seas adventure on an ammo ship facing racism, mutiny, typhoons, kamikaze pilots and murder during World War II.

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Black Hats

Black Hats

Legendary lawman Wyatt Earp straps on his six-shooter to battle a new breed of bad man in a new land  -- rising gangster Al Capone and his machine-gun toting killers on the streets of New York City.

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Road to Paradise

Road to Paradise

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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Road to Purgatory

Road to Purgatory

The brilliant sequel to Road to Perdition, Max Allan Collins’ masterpiece of crime fiction that became both a literary and cinematic classic. Michael O'Sullivan returns from WWII and infiltrates the mob to avenge his family from within.

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Reviews For Black Hats

Black Hats 5.0

Wyatt Earp versus Al Capone – a wild, exciting ride

David Morrell

Black Hats 5.0

Highly entertaining....(Collins) has outdone himself in this tale of bad guys, bullets, and booze set at the start of the Prohibition era

Library Journal, Starred Review

Black Hats 5.0

Wyatt Earp vs. Al Capone – it might seem an improbable situation, but it could have happened, and Collins makes it work in this wild blend of classic Western and gangster characters, all set in Prohibition-era New York City

Philadelphia Inquirer

Black Hats 5.0

A first-class novel...that makes on yearn for a sequel or six. Black Hats is never anything less than compelling

Tod Goldberg, Las Vegas CityLife

Black Hats 5.0

[Collins] once again shows himself a master at the historical thriller. In 1920, 70-year-old Wyatt Earp, who's working as a PI in Los Angeles, is hired by "Big Nosed Kate" Elder, the widow of his best friend, Doc Holliday. Kate wants Wyatt to go to New York and help her speakeasy-owning son, John (fathered by Doc as he was dying), who has fallen afoul of a local tough guy, the young Alphonse Capone. In New York, Wyatt teams with another old pal, Morning Telegraph sportswriter Bat Masterson. It's a fabulous setup, and Collins has all the skills and experience to bring these great characters leaping off the page. The bad guys may have organized gangs and tommy guns, but in the end these whippersnappers are no match for Wyatt's cunning and 10-inch-long-barreled .45. The exigencies of historical fact force Culhane into a tamer ending than some readers might like, but the sheer fun of riding along with the two old lawmen and their memories will run roughshod over any quibbles or complaints.

Publishers Weekly