If you don't know the show: take one kick-ass, bike-riding genetically-modified girl, created in a government laboratory to become the perfect soldier. Let her escape from the lab and put her on the streets. Throw in more genetically-modified 'siblings' who she tries to locate and pit them against sinister and corrupt government forces. Light torch paper, stand back.If you do know the show: this novel fills in some of the gaps from the ten years between Max's escape from Manticore in 2009 and her current adventures in Seattle in 2019. We meet for the first time Original Cindy, Sketchy, Kendra and Normal, as well as Lydecker and Logan Cale.We see Max working as a cat-burglar in Los Angeles, and then moving to Seattle where she meets various figures from her past and future, and gets involved with a multi-millionaire art collector. The book culminates in a thrilling confrontation at the top of the Seattle Space Needle, where one of Max's siblings dies in order to save her.
Someone is killing and skinning normal humans in Seattle. At first, this news barely causes a ripple in Terminal City, the haven for the transgenic community. They have problems of their own. But as the killings on the outside continue, Joshua comes to Max with his suspicions that the murderer may be one of their own. While some of the transgenics would be in favor of letting the killer go free, Max argues that this is exactly the mindset that causes the humans to fear them. If they don't stop the killer, it will be just one more thing the humans can hold against them. Max and her most trusted aides, Logan, Joshua, Alec, and Original Cindy start investigating the crimes. But what they discover will shock even the most jaded among them - and expose a sinister agenda that leads to an old, nefarious foe-
THIS IS IT—WHERE QUARRY’S STORY ALL BEGAN. AND ANOTHER LIFE ENDED. 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.
ASK NOT WHO YOU CAN KILL FOR YOUR COUNTRY 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.
WHEN THE DIRECTOR CALLED CUT— THE KILLER DID JUST THAT 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’s got his work cut out for him.
BEHIND THE DOORS OF AN ILLEGAL CASINO, WILL QUARRY FIND LADY LUCK...OR A LADY KILLER? 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?
SOMETIMES INFORMATION CAN BE THE MOST DANGEROUS WEAPON. 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?
Lorsque le vieux Don Nicholas Giraldi décède, c'est la panique à New York. Selon la rumeur, le Parrain tenait un registre de toutes ses manoeuvres et transactions crapuleuses, qu'il voulait léguer à une personne de confiance. Parce qu'il a travaillé à plusieurs reprises pour le Don, le célèbre détective privé Mike Hammer est approché par des personnes ayant tout intérêt à récupérer le précieux document. Véritable arme de pouvoir, ce carnet pourrait mettre bien des carrières politiques en péril... Et être décisif dans l'implacable guerre des clans qui fait rage parmi les différentes familles de la mafia.
A HIT. AND A MISS. 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 of 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? The Critics Love QUARRY Violent and volatile and packed with sexuality...classic pulp fiction.” -- USA Today Collins’ witty, hard-boiled prose would make Raymond Chandler proud.” -- Entertainment Weekly
WOULD NOLAN BURY THE HATCHET WITH THE MOB... ... OR WOULD THEY BURY HIM FIRST? They don’t come any tougher than Nolan but even a hardened professional thief can’t fight off the whole Chicago mafia. So after 16 years on the run, Nolan’s ready to let an old friend broker a truce. The terms: Pull off one last heist and hand over the proceeds. But when things go wrong,Nolan finds himself facing the deadliest double cross of his career. Fortunately, Nolan has a knack for survival and an unmatched hunger for revenge... Award-winning author Max Allan Collins takes you on a dark ride through a world where the last man standing isn’t always the winner.
HE WAS THE KILLER AND I WAS THE TARGET.” It should be a mellow time for America’s toughest PI, Mike Hammer. He and Velda are planning their overdue nuptials, and his friend Captain of Homicide Pat Chambers is nearing retirement. Then an assassin’s bullet almost brings him down on his office doorstep. Could the attempted hit have anything to do with the impending release of a serial killer put away by Mike and Pat, decades ago? And how to explain the sudden rash of accidental” deaths that has hit the NYPD? There’s also the small matter of the $89 billion in Mafia money stashed in a cave, in a location known only to Hammer. With everyone from wiseguys to the US Government on his tail, not to mention the malign influence of convict mastermind the King of the Weeds”, Mike has to prove that he is just as sharp, and deadly, as ever.
Comic books are corrupting America’s youth! Or so the esteemed Dr. Werner Frederick would have people believe - people like the Congressmen holding hearings on banning violent crime and horror funny books”. And when the crusade provokes a most un-funny murder, Jack Starr - comics syndicate troubleshooter - has no shortage of suspects. Was it the knife-wielding juvenile delinquent or the naked seductress? Perhaps a frustrated publisher or an outraged cartoonist. Or was it a comic book reader...?
TILL DEATH DO US PART Marcy Addwatter killed her husband there’s no question about that. Shot him dead in the motel room where he was trysting with a blonde hooker. Shot the hooker, too. But where the cops might see an open-and-shut case, private eye Michael Tree Ms. Michael Tree sees a conspiracy. For Ms. Tree, digging into it could mean digging her own grave... and digging up her own murdered husband's. Based on the longest-running private-eye comic book series of all time, DEADLY BELOVED brings you an all-new adventure of the legendary Ms. Tree the groundbreaking female P.I. who put the graphic’ into graphic novel...
BIG MAN ON CAMPUS Crime fiction readers know Quarry, the ruthless killer-for-hire, from Max Allan Collins’ acclaimed novels including THE LAST QUARRY, which told the story of the assassin’s final assignment (and was the basis for the feature film The Last Lullaby). But where did Quarry's story start? For first time ever, the best-selling author of ROAD TO PERDITION takes us back to the beginning, revealing the never-before-told story of Quarry’s first job: infiltrating a college campus and eliminating a professor whose affair with one of his beautiful, young students is the least of his sins
QUARRY'S BACK FOR HIS TOUGHEST JOB EVER. The ruthless professional killer known as Quarry long ago disappeared into a well-earned retirement. But now a media magnate has lured the restless hitman into tackling one last lucrative assignment. The target is an unlikely one: Why, Quarry wonders, would anyone want a beautiful young librarian dead? And why in hell does he care? On the anniversary of the enigmatic assassin's first appearance, bestselling author Max Allan Collins brings him back for a dark and deadly mission where the last quarry may turn out to be Quarry himself.
HOMICIDE BEGINS AT HOME. Even the enigmatic hit man called Quarry had to start somewhere. And for him, that was the day he returned stateside from Nam to find his young wife cheating. He’d killed plenty overseas, so killing her lover was no big deal. And when he was recruited to use his skill as a contract killer, that transition was easy, too. He survived in this jungle as he had in that other oneby expecting trouble. What he didn’t expect was ever running into her again...
FIRST THERE WAS THE LAST QUARRY. THEN THERE WAS THE FIRST QUARRY. NOW LOOK WHO’S CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE. The enigmatic hitman Quarry -- star of seven celebrated novels and an award-winning feature film (The Last Lullaby) -- is back in this violent, steamy tale of warring crime families. When two Godfathers set out to bump each other off, guess who winds up with both contracts
A beautiful reporter. A secret ritual in a graveyard. A disembodied hand on the side of the road. Mike Hammer returns in one of the most shocking cases of his storied career.
Private Investigator Mike Hammer may be getting older, but he hasn’t lost his step. So when he spots a brutally destroyed corpse on the side of the road in upstate New York, unrecognizable as human except for the disembodied hand lying next to it, 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… and one that neither he nor Melodie may be able to escape.
A short story begun by the late icon Mickey Spillane and completed by his long-time collaborator Max Allan Collins, Skin is a heart-pounding addition to the world of Mike Hammer.
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?
Mike Hammer’s partner Velda has walked out on him, and Mike is just surfacing from a four-month bender. But then Pat Chambers reveals that Velda is in Florida, the moll of gangster and drug runner Nolly Quinn. Hammer hits the road and drives to Miami. But can he find Velda in time? And what is the connection between a murdered vice cop in Manhattan, and Velda turning gun moll?