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Collins, Barbara, 1948-
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Waterville, Me. : Five Star, 2004.
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240 pages ; 23 cm
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Husband and wife Barbara and Max Allan Collins team up on a comic historical mystery about a star-crossed meeting between Nikita Khrushchev, a man who held the fate of the world in his hands, and Marilyn Monroe, the blonde bombshell who became America's most unlikely diplomat.

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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.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

It's 1959, the cold war is escalating, and Nikita Khrushchev is coming to the U.S. Along with the expected official meetings, Khrushchev wants to meet Marilyn Monroe and visit Disneyland. The Monroe meeting goes well, but the premier is incensed when his trip to Disneyland is canceled. Meanwhile, Monroe overhears two Soviet security agents discussing a plot to assassinate Khrushchev. Marilyn helps hatch a plan to protect Nikki, who winds up getting his Disneyland visit after all--and with a very comely guide. The Collins have taken an event based in history--Khruschev's U.S. visit--and shaped it with wonderful characterizations (Nikki and Marilyn have never been more interesting) to re-create an era within the context of a delightful comic adventure (a cold-war variation on Roman Holiday). This is sure to interest fans of Max Allan Collins' Nate Heller series, which offers fictional solutions to real-life mysteries of the 1940s and '50s. --Wes Lukowsky Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Marilyn Monroe comes to the rescue of Nikita Khrushchev during the Russian leader's 1959 U.S. visit. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This historical mystery focuses on a 1959 meeting that actually occurred between Nikita Khrushchev and Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn's West Coast publicist discourages the meeting, warning that the government will use her for political gain, but Marilyn follows through anyway. She serendipitously discovers a plot by a vengeful Hungarian refugee to kill Khrushchev, fails to convince an FBI friend of the danger, then foils the plan herself. Fanciful conjecture indeed, but told with warmth, attention to historical detail, and serious tone. This novel is based on Barbara's 1997 short story "Dasvidaniya, Khrushchev"; Max is also author of Chicago Confidential. For most collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.