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Murder--his and hers : short stories
Collins, Barbara, 1948-
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Unity, Me. : Five Star, 2001.
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174 pages ; 23 cm.
Eddie Haskell in a short skirt -- Dead and breakfast -- Catgate -- Reunion queen -- Inconvenience store -- Seeing red -- Cat's-eye witness -- World's greatest mother -- A cruise to forget.
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This is a delightful husband-and-wife collaboration featuring three stories by Max Allan Collins -- including Catgate, in which a womanizing senator tries to replace his dead mistress with a lookalike -- and four stories by Barbara Collins, who offers The Inconvenience Store, in which a late-night craving drives a pregnant private eye out to a convenience store and into a hostage situation. And the talented duo conspired on two stories, one titled Eddie Haskell in a Short Skirt, the story of a father-daughter private eye team who hire an office manager and become the suckers in a scam.

Author Notes

Max Allen Collins was born in 1948 in Muscatine, Iowa. He is a two-time winner of the Private Eye Writer's of America's Shamus Award for his Nathaniel Heller historical thrillers "True Detective" and "Stolen Away". Collins also wrote the Dick Tracy comic strip begining in 1977 and ending in the early 1990s. He has contributed to a number of other comics, including Batman. Collins created his first independent feature film, Mommy, following a nightmarish experience as screenwriter on the cable movie The Expert.

Collins has been contracted by DC Comics to write three tie-ins to his critically acclaimed graphic novel "The Road to Perdition", which was adapted into the feature film. Author of other such move tie-in bestsellers as "In the Line of Fire" and "Air Force One", he is also the screenwriter/director of the cult favorite suspense films "Mommie" and "Mommie's Day".

(Publisher Provided) Max Allen Collins was born in Muscatine, Iowa on March 3, 1948.

His graphic novel Road to Perdition, published in 1998, is the basis of the Academy Award-winning 2002 film starring Tom Hanks, Paul Newman and Daniel Craig. His other works include Road to Purgatory, Road to Paradise, Return to Perdition, Bye Bye, Baby, and Target Lancer. He won the Shamus awards for True Detective in 1983 and Stolen Away in 1991. He is completing a number of Mike Hammer novels begun by the late Mickey Spillane. He has collaborated with his wife Barbara Collins on three novels and numerous short stories. Their Antiques Flee Market won the Romantic Times Best Humorous Mystery Novel award in 2009.

His comics credits include the syndicated strip Dick Tracy (1977-1993), Ms. Tree, Batman; and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, based on the hit TV series for which he has also written ten novels. He has written tie-in books for several movies including Saving Private Ryan, Air Force One, and American Gangster, which won the Best Novel Scribe Award in 2008 from the International Association of Tie-in Writers.

His non-fiction works include The History of Mystery and Men's Adventure Magazines, which won Anthony Award. He is also an independent filmmaker. He has written and directed five features and two documentaries, including the Lifetime movie Mommy and the sequel, Mommy's Day.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Ever wonder what health and culinary standards apply to those cozy little bed and breakfasts that dot the countryside? In "Dead and Breakfast," the menu choices would tempt even Hannibal Lecter. Max Allan Collins has won two Shamus awards for his Nathan Heller historical thrillers. His wife, Barbara, is a widely published master of the short mystery. Their topics in this entertaining collection range from a father-daughter private eye team getting fleeced by their office manager to a murderous gigolo being done in by his conscience and a cat with an accusing gaze. In "Seeing Red," PMS becomes a weapon, and in "A Cruise to Forget," the killer gets his just rewards in a most unusual fashion. "The World's Greatest Mother" finds police confronted by a body and three women who all confess to the murder. Each of the eight tales boasts a plot twist that Hitchcock or even Rod Serling fans will savor. Recommend this highly to all fans of mystery short fiction. --Wes Lukowsky