Hot Links

November 3rd, 2015 by Max Allan Collins

I’m not going to write much of a piece this week, since I’ve already done one for J. Kingston Pierce’s terrific blog, Killer Covers. Read it here.

On the same topic, here is the best article/appraisal ever written about the Quarry novels, and I don’t say that merely because the author calls me one of the greatest writers of the second half of the 20th Century. Really, the least he could have done is add “and also the first half of the 21st Century.” Seriously, folks, you gotta check this out.

A shorter but also nice piece on just the reprint of the first QUARRY novel (as opposed to the novel THE FIRST QUARRY) is here.

And while we’re basking in the sunshine of that Quarry series appraisal, have a look at a similarly in-depth and flattering look at the entire run of MS. TREE. Thank you to a reader named Terry Beatty, who kindly forwarded this link to me. Your No Prize is in the mail.

Finally – and that’s the end of the links – I’ll report that I’ve seen the first cut of the final episode of the eight-episode run of the Cinemax QUARRY series. Frankly it’s great. For the first time you see Quarry in Vietnam, in an extended series of flashbacks. Again I warn hardcore fans that the series is an extended look at the character’s back story, and often goes its own way, though always with underpinnings of my work.

And I’m told if the series is picked up for a second season, the next batch of episodes will draw heavily on QUARRY’S CHOICE, which is among my personal favorites of the novels.


Halloween 2015
M.A.C. and his latest work (pumpkin, left, Collins, right)

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3 Responses to “Hot Links”

  1. Joe Menta says:

    Thanks for the links, Max! In the office, so I was only able to quickly scan the Ms. Tree piece for now, but I was so glad to see that 1) Ms. tree is coming back! and 2) it’ll be a continuation of the same good ol’ Ms. Tree we knew and loved from the long-running series. As much as I enjoyed the “Deadly Beloved” novel, the rebooting of the time frame kinda/sorta made it seem like all the earlier adventures, rooted in their own specific time frame, were negated. It’ll be fun to see an older Ms. Tree, moving forward and influenced by her earlier adventures, kicking butt and taking names. Just wonder, though, did you also consider setting the new adventures in the 1990’s, picking up right where the last DC stories left off? That would have been a way to keep Ms. Tree at the age we all remember and still tell new stories. But I like this new approach, too– Ms. Tree getting winded in a fight, wow. Just- please- resist having her say the old John McClane line, “I’m getting too old for this shit!” lol, how many times has that line been imitated, as our action-movie actors started getting gray?

  2. Andre says:

    Hi Max, can’t wait to watch Quarry. Can you tell in which month will start the show?

  3. Dani says:

    How graphic is the sex and violence in the Cinemax adaption of Quarry?