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


Bait Money(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blood Money(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fly Paper(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hush Money(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hard Cash(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Scratch Fever(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Spree(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mourn the Living(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Quarry Books


Quarry(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Quarry's Deal(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Quarry's List(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Quarry's Cut(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Primary Target(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Last Quarry(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The First Quarry(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Quarry in the Middle(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Quarry's Ex(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Wrong Quarry(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Quarry's Choice(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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


Quarry's Greatest Hits(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Mallory Books


The Baby Blue Rip-Off(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
No Cure for Death(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Kill Your Darlings(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Shroud for Aquarius(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Nice Weekend for a Murder(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Nathan Heller Books


True Detective(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
True Crime(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Million-Dollar Wound(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Neon Mirage(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Stolen Away(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Carnal Hours(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blood and Thunder(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Damned in Paradise(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Flying Blind(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Majic Man(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Angel in Black(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Chicago Confidential(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bye Bye, Baby(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Target Lancer(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ask Not(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Better Dead(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Nathan Heller Collections


Dying in the Post-War World(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Chicago Lightning(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Triple Play(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Eliot Ness Books


The Dark City(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Butcher's Dozen(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bullet Proof(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder by the Numbers(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Dick Tracy Books


Dick Tracy and the Nightmare Machine(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dick Tracy Goes to War(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dick Tracy Meets His Match(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Mommy Books


Mommy(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mommy's Day(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Road To Perdition Books


Road to Purgatory(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Road to Paradise(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Mummy Books


The Mummy(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Mummy Returns(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Scorpion King(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tomb of the Dragon Emperor(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Disaster Books


The Titanic Murders(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Hindenburg Murders(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Pearl Harbor Murders(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Lusitania Murders(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The London Blitz Murders(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The War of the World's Murder(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Books


Double Dealer(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sin City(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cold Burn(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Body of Evidence(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Grave Matters(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Binding Ties(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Killing Game(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Snake Eyes(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Dark Angel Books


Before the Dawn(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Skin Game(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
After the Dark(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of CSI: Miami Books


Florida Getaway(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Heat Wave(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Bones Books


Buried Deep(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Jackie & Maggie Starr Books


A Killing in Comics(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Strip For Murder(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Criminal Minds Books


Jump Cut(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Killer Profile(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Finishing School(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Mike Hammer Books


The Goliath Bone(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Kiss Her Goodbye(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Big Bang(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lady, Go Die!(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Complex 90(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
King of the Weeds(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Kill Me, Darling(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Mike Hammer Short Stories


Skin(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of G.I. Joe Books


Above and Beyond(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Rise of Cobra(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of You Can’t Stop Me Books


You Can't Stop Me(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
No One Will Hear You(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Caleb York Books


The Legend of Caleb York(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Reeder & Rogers Books


Supreme Justice(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fate of the Union(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


Midnight Haul(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tough Tender(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
In the Line of Fire(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Maverick(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Waterworld(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
NYPD Blue: Blue Beginning(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Daylight(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Air Force One(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Saving Private Ryan(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
U.S. Marshals(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Regeneration(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
U-571(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
History of Mystery: Art Fiction(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Windtalkers(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
I Spy(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Two for the Money(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bombshell(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
American Gangster(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Deadly Beloved(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Black Hats(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Red Sky in the Morning(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
X-Files: I Want To Believe(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Pink Panther(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Consummata(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Flower for the Butcher(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Seduction of the Innocent(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
What Doesn't Kill Her(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Stories


Flowers for Bill O'Reilly(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections


Kolchak: The Night Stalker Chronicles(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Anthologies


Dick Tracy: The Secret Files(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder is My Business(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Vengeance is Hers(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Private Eyes(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Century of Noir: Thirty-Two Classic Crime Stories(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
My Lolita Complex and Other Tales of Sex and Violence(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Artist Archives Non-Fiction Books


Elvgren Girls I(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Elvgren Girls II(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Swimsuit Sweeties(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Varga Girls II(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Exotic Ladies(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pirate & Gypsy Girls(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pin-Up Nudes(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Seaside Sweethearts(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Indian Maidens(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Patriotic Pin-Ups(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cowgirl Pin-Ups(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Playful Pin-Ups(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pin-Up Nudes II(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books


The Mystery Scene Movie Guide(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pin-Up Poster Book: The Billy DeVorss Collection(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
For the Boys: The Racy Pin-Ups of World War II(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mickey Spillane on Screen(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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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