First Lord of Mystery—No Kidding

June 5th, 2012 by Max Allan Collins

The International Mystery Writers Festival at Owensboro, Kentucky, has fast become one of the most popular events in the world of mystery fiction. My pal Lee Goldberg has been raving about it to me for several years, and I suspect his fine hand is at work in my having been invited to participate. In fact, I’m “The First Lord of Mystery” (previously honored mystery writers at the festival have been female), and will be doing all sorts of signings and workshops with Barb at my side. Most exciting, the first public performance of the Mike Hammer radio play “Encore for Murder” will be be presented opening night, Thursday June 14, with Gary Sandy as Hammer. Some of you may recall that Gary is one of the stars of my indie film “Mommy’s Day.” Involved in the production are several Firesign Theater luminaries. The festival is June 14 – 17 at the RiverPark Center in Owensboro, and you can read about it here.

The cyber press tour for LADY, GO DIE! continues to wind down, but an important stop along the way is, where a strong interview with me was given a lot of play, and picked up hither and yon.

That fine writer and good pal of mine, Ed Gorman, has lavished praised upon MICKEY SPILLANE ON SCREEN at his entertaining blog, the first review of that I’ve seen. Grab this from Barnes and Noble, who still have the best price (though it’s gone up a couple of bucks).

The second half of the Comic Geek interview appears here.

And yet another interview at Comic Attack.

Another blog by a guy named Ed is devoted to a perceptive review of I, THE JURY, the reviewer prompted by LADY, GO DIE! to go back to the beginning of the Hammer saga.

Here’s another one of those odd positive reviews of LADY, GO DIE! that seems apologetic for liking it.

Jon Jordan at Crimespree asked me to discuss the five books and five albums that changed my life. Check this out – it’s a refreshing change from all of these interviews I’ve been giving.


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