Max Allan Collins

Books by Max Allan Collins

Murder Never Knocks

Out-of-town killers seem to be lining up for a crack at tough PI Mike Hammer as violence follows him and his beautiful partner Velda into the poshest of all crime scenes.

Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by John Cleal

Quarry's Deal

Quarry follows a killer from a steamy Florida singles resort back to his own territory. But this killer is a beautiful woman and the ex-Marine wonders if he may have met his match.

Reviewed on 04 March 2017 by John Cleal

Quarry's List

Hitman and ex-Marine Quarry finds himself a target when the would-be successor to the man he worked for – and in whose death he was involved – tries to take over.

Reviewed on 07 January 2017 by John Cleal


When successive contract killings go wrong, his partner is killed and he injured, Vietnam vet-turned-assassin Quarry loses trust in the ‘Broker’ who sets up his ‘jobs’ and sets out to deliver his own brand of justice.

Reviewed on 20 August 2016 by John Cleal

Kill Me Darling

PI Mike Hammer, on a massive drinking binge after girlfriend/secretary Velda leaves him, apparently for a gang boss, heads for Miami after the murder of the police captain who brought them together.

Reviewed on 05 November 2015 by John Cleal

King of the Weeds

PI Mike Hammer and secretary and partner Velda are planning a long overdue wedding when he is targeted by a hitman. At the same time, the couple’s friend Captain Pat Chambers, nearing retirement, finds his whole career under threat when a man he and Hammer helped convict years before is freed – and policemen start to die.

Reviewed on 15 August 2015 by John Cleal

Quarry's Choice

Ex-marine sniper Quarry has to infiltrate a crime syndicate in 1970s Mississippi.

Reviewed on 23 May 2015 by John Cleal

Complex 90

When a PI is shot dead at a society party where he and Mike Hammer are providing security, Hammer takes on his job accompanying a conservative Senator to Russia. Kidnapped, he shoots his way out, leaving a trail of bodies and returns to America to find he is wanted by both sides in a Cold War threatening to heat up.

Reviewed on 01 November 2014 by John Cleal