World War II is raging. Newly promoted Lt. Peter Maxwell is assigned to a munitions ship with a crew of mostly inexperienced African-American sailors commanded by a racist Captain. The ship is a floating powderkeg that could ignite at any instant as the embattled crew faces typhoons, kamikaze pilots, mutiny and murder. It's an incredible adventure, inspired by true events, from the boundless imagination of Max Allan Collins, the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster who gave us the Road to Perdition saga.
PRAISE FOR "USS POWDERKEG"
“A gripping, fast-paced tale…a hell of a story.” Cedar Rapids Gazette
“An infectiously readable adventure.” Booklist
“Collins is the master of true-crime fiction.” Chicago Magazine
“A major novel rich with drama, humor, history and real poignancy.” Bookgasm
This is a revised edition of book previously published as "Red Sky in Morning" under the pseudonym “Patrick Culhane.”
Max Allan Collins is the 2017 Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, a Lifetime Achievement Award winner from the Private Eye Writers of America, and the author of many books, including “Road to Perdition,” which became the Oscar winning film, and the Quarry novels, the basis for the hit TV series.
Take four people that have been friends since college. Add a desire to protect others. Toss in a fun-loving look on life, and mix with a dash of a not-quite-by-the-book way of doing things, and what do you have?
The partners of Justice Security.
They are Joey Justice, after whom the company was named, Misty Wilhite, the love of Joey’s life, Dexter Beck, the martial arts master and computer nerd, and Percival “King Louie” Washington, who bears a striking facial resemblance to a particular cartoon character.
In this introductory story, the partners provide security for a society dog show with unexpected death coming from an unknown source. They also provide security for a Heavyweight Boxing Championship that has no challenger, and they are hired to investigate the deaths of two innocent teens. Those deaths are tied into a government contract, and, through an unfortunate accident, they make a mortal enemy of an insane Mexican drug cartel leader.
They are aided by their government liaison – FBI Agent Marcus Moore. But with the situation turning darker by the minute, can these four unlikely heroes continue to stay alive?
Inspired by the classic song performed by Three Dog Night, T. M. Bilderback’s Mama Told Me Not To Come is an adventure that you won’t forget!
In the small town of Tucker’s Corner, Oregon, a bank manager is killed because he found some information about payoffs from Esteban Fernandez to a very high-level member of the United States Government. The banker had time to mail out three copies of this dangerous information before he died.
He mailed a copy to himself.
He mailed a copy to his ex-wife.
And he mailed a copy to his old friend in the city…a man that has a security company that bears his name.
The banker mailed the information to Jim Dandy Security.
Two of the three recipients of the information are dead, and so is the Tucker’s Corner Postmaster.
Jim quickly finds out that this information is deadly, and he finds that he’s in way over his head. He calls in some favors from his competition.
This time, it isn’t Jim Dandy to the rescue. It’s Justice Security, and the situation has never been deadlier.
After the dramatic events experienced in Jim Dandy, Patty Ferguson and Brandon King decide to take a vacation. They need a well-deserved rest before taking on the responsibilities of taking charge of the plainclothes personnel at the new second Justice Security location.
They choose to return to Carson City, Nevada. Patty, not an outdoors person, found the desert to be relaxing. Brandon books them into Big Daddy’s Hotel And Casino, where Homer “Big Daddy” Crenshaw is waiting for them.
Big Daddy has had some trouble with a local gang, and would like to let the fact that a couple of Justice Security people are on the premises. With the okay from Joey Justice and the other partners of Justice Security, Brandon and Patty agree to the request.
But, when Big Daddy turns up dead, and the two vacationing young people are left stranded in the desert, Justice Security descends on Carson City to take care of their own, in their own explosive manner!
Lake Tahoe, 1973. Michael Satariano, now middle-aged, is running a mob casino, his days of killing behind him. So when Godfather Sam Giancana orders him to eliminate a foe, Michael refuses. The hit goes down anyway…and Michael is left holding the bag, becoming the target for bloody retribution. To save his family, Michael agrees to testify in return for a new life in the Witness Protection Program. But nobody can save him from the mob’s wrath…and once again the son of the Angel of Death finds himself on the road, this time with his 16-year-old daughter…his life-long struggle for redemption at odds with his thirst for revenge.
"A gripping, blood-soaked journey. Collins' compelling mix of history, bloodshed and retribution is irresistible. Readers will eat it up and beg for more." Publishers Weekly
"Collins not only gives you a great mob novel, but a serious family drama that blows away anything The Sopranos has done." Bookgasm
Soon a faked suicide linked to President Johnson's corrupt cronies takes Heller to Texas, where celebrity columnist Flo Kilgore implores him to explore that growing list of dead witnesses. With the blessing of Bobby Kennedy—former US attorney general, now running for Senator from New York—Heller and Flo investigate the increasing wave of violence that seems to emanate from the notorious Mac Wallace, rumored to be LBJ's personal hatchet man.
Fifty years after JFK's tragic death, Collins's rigorous research for Ask Not raises new questions about the most controversial assassination of our time.
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