Max Allan Collins is an American author of mysteries. Much more than a novelist, Collins has also penned short stories, movie novelizations, screenplays, graphic novels, comic books, comic strips, trading cards and more. Max was a fan of Mickey Spillane and eventually became friends with him. He would end up taking over for Spillane on his Mike Hammer series.
The first novel Max Allan Collins ever wrote was Mourn the Living, but that was not published until 1999 – over 20 years into his career as a published author. His first novel published was Quarry in 1976 (also titled The Broker). Below is a list of Max Allan Collins’ books in order of when they were originally published (as well as in chronological order when necessary):
Publication Order of Frank Nolan Books
Publication Order of Quarry Books
Chronological Order of Quarry Books
The chronology of the Quarry novels is vague. The First Quarry marks the beginning of his career (so it goes first), The Last Quarry goes at the end of his career (putting it last), and Quarry in the Middle goes somewhere in the middle. If you wish to read the novels in chronological order, you can put those first, last and in the middle, then read the remaining books in publication order.
Publication Order of Quarry Collections
Publication Order of Mallory Books
Publication Order of Nathan Heller Books
Publication Order of Nathan Heller Collections
Publication Order of Eliot Ness Books
Publication Order of Dick Tracy Books
Publication Order of Mommy Books
Publication Order of Road To Perdition Books
Publication Order of Mummy Books
Publication Order of Disaster Books
Publication Order of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Books
Publication Order of Dark Angel Books
Publication Order of CSI: Miami Books
Publication Order of Bones Books
Publication Order of Jackie & Maggie Starr Books
Publication Order of Criminal Minds Books
Publication Order of Mike Hammer Books
Publication Order of Mike Hammer Short Stories
Publication Order of G.I. Joe Books
Publication Order of You Can’t Stop Me Books
Publication Order of Caleb York Books
Publication Order of Reeder & Rogers Books
Publication Order of Standalone Novels
Publication Order of Short Stories
Publication Order of Short Story Collections
Publication Order of Anthologies
Publication Order of Artist Archives Non-Fiction Books
Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books
Notes: The novels Black Hats and Red Sky in the Morning were written using the pen name of Patrick Culhane.
Quarry was also titled The Broker. Quarry’s Deal was also released as The Dealer. Quarry’s List was also known as The Broker’s Wife. Quarry’s Cut was also titled The Slasher. Primary Target is also known as Quarry’s Vote.
The Bones series is based on the Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs. The Mike Hammer series and The Consummata is co-authored with Mickey Spillane. The You Can’t Stop Me series is co-authored by Matthew Clemens. Regeneration and Bombshell are co-authored with Barbara Collins. Dick Tracy and the Nightmare Machine is co-authored by Dick Locher. The Caleb York series was created by Mickey Spillane, but written by Max Allan Collins.
A Century of Noir, Dick Tracy: The Secret Files, Murder is My Business, Vengeance is Hers and Private Eyes were co-edited with Mickey Spillane. My Lolita Complex was co-edited with Matthew Clemens.
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