News for week ending 2018-03-17 (open thread)

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The Nolan series by Max Allan Collins, part III–Not Quite Parker review and guest post

Note: Huge apologies to Mr. Dan Luft for the long delay in posting his Nolan series. Although I’ve got plenty of excuses, it really is inexcusable.

I’m hoping to get up two more long-delayed guest posts in the coming week or two, and to get back into the groove of regular posting soon.

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Fourth (fourteenth?) anniversary

Lots of stuff going on in my so-called “real life” at the moment, so this post is late and a bit more perfunctory than last year’s. But I did want to mark the anniversary, even if it is late.

As I’ve mentioned before, I think of the real anniversary of the current VWOP […]

The Nolan series by Max Allan Collins, part II–Not Quite Parker review and guest post

The Nolan Series, Part II

By Mr. Dan Luft

After Max Allan Collins published the first two books of his Nolan series, his publisher asked for a full-blown series.  Collins then wrote another three volumes, but they would sit unpublished for years after Collins’s first publisher, Curtis, was purchased by Popular Library (I […]

The Nolan series by Max Allan Collins, part I–Not Quite Parker review and guest post

One thing I haven’t done a terribly good job of is covering the various Parker pastiches, homages, tributes, and rip-offs. (I’ll try to do better, I swear!) Fortunately, in the case of Max Allan Collins’ Nolan novels, someone has stepped up to the plate to provide the coverage that I haven’t. That person […]

Movie review: The Delta Factor (1970)

According to Mickey Spillane’s friend and posthumous collaborator Max Allan Collins, Spillane’s disappointment with producing the movie based on The Delta Factor was a major reason for Spillane setting aside his incomplete manuscript of the novel’s sequel, The Consummata.

Too bad Mickey was so disappointed, because this cheapie is in many ways a […]

Hard Case Crime review: The Consummata by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins (#103)

The Consummata by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins

“FRIEND, YOU’RE TALKING TO A GUY WITH A PRICE ON HIS HEAD AND THE POLICE AT HIS BACK…”

Compared to the $40 million the cops think he stole, seventy-five thousand dollars may not sound like much. But it’s all the money in the world to the struggling Cuban exiles of Miami who rescued […]

Review: The Delta Factor by Mickey Spillane

When I was looking for an image to swipe for my review of The Delta Factor by Mickey Spillane, I came across this review by Bill Crider (and I totally swiped the image). It does a good job of summing up the negatives, and some of the positives, of the novel to the […]

Max Allan Collins’ Nolan returns

Here’s some good news to start the new year, via Atomic Pulp. Max Allan Collins’ Nolan series of Parker pastiches is coming back into print.

The first two are already in print, as Two for the Money, from Hard Case Crime. The other six have been hard to find for awhile, but will […]

This is (almost) it.

Hard Case Crime impresario Charles Ardai drops some knowledge at Rara-Avis.

> Oh, one other question: I guess this means there were no > just-finished works left behind when [Donald Westlake] died?

No, no just-finished works. At the end of his life, Don was publishing his books as quickly […]