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Quarry's greatest hits
Collins, Max Allan.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Waterville, Me. : Five Star, 2003.
Physical Description:
264 pages ; 23 cm
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New York Times bestselling author An icon of noir anti-heroes, Max Allan Collins's taciturn hit man known only as Quarry made his mark in more than a dozen novels in the 1970s and '80s. Along the way he gained a popular following and appeared in a few short stories as well, mostly after his retirement from the contract killing game. Here, collected for the first time, is every Quarry short story ever written, along with the novel Primary Target, the paid assassin's last novel-length appearance.

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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Booklist Review

Quarry is a paid killer, not some moping hit man with a conscience. Just a careful, efficient guy who believes in a day's work for a day's pay. Collins, author of the Nate Heller series, among dozens of other novels and short stories, worked Quarry into his oeuvre in the 1970s and '80s. This anthology brings together three Quarry short stories and one novel. The latter, Primary Target, written in 1987 and generally overlooked, finds Quarry retired and living a quiet life on his Wisconsin vacation resort. He's married with a child on the way. Then he's asked to kill a presidential candidate. He declines. The folks who made the offer can't afford to have anyone alive know their plan. They try for Quarry but get his family. Bad mistake. The three stories included here reflect Collins' sardonic humor and his extraordinary ability to take his plots on an unexpected detour or two. Odds are that, after sampling this fine collection, Collins' enthusiastic fans will demand the return of Quarry. --Wes Lukowsky Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Max Allan Collins's Quarry's Greatest Hits, which collects three stories and a novel, Primary Target, featuring the author's taciturn hit man known only as Quarry. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved