Depression-era Chicago is awash in liquor and blood, ruled by guns, graft, and gangsters like John Looney. His most feared enforcer is Michael O’Sullivan, known as the “Angel of Death.” But when O’Sullivan’s twelve-year-old son witnesses a gangland murder committed by Looney’s brutal son, O’Sullivan’s entire family is marked for execution to cover up the crime. O’Sullivan and his son find themselves on the run… and seeking vengeance… on the long, bloody road to Perdition.
MAX ALLAN COLLINS has earned an unprecedented twenty-two Private Eye Writers of America “Shamus” nominations, winning for his Nathan Heller novels, True Detective (1983) and Stolen Away (1991), and the Mike Hammer short story, “So Long, Chief” (2013). In 2007 he received the PWA life achievement award, the Eye, and in 2012 his Nathan Heller saga was honored with the PWA “Hammer” award for its major contribution to the private eye genre.
His graphic novel Road to Perdition (1998) was the basis of the Academy Award-winning Tom Hanks film and was followed by two acclaimed prose sequels and several graphic novels, all of which are being republished by Brash Books. He has created a number of innovative suspense series, including Mallory, Quarry, Eliot Ness, Jack and Maggie Starr, Reeder and Rogers, and the “Disaster” novels. He is completing a number of “Mike Hammer” novels begun by the late Mickey Spillane, most recently Murder Never Knocks; his full-cast Hammer audio novel, The Little Death with Stacy Keach, won a 2011 Audie.
His many comics credits include the syndicated strip “Dick Tracy”; his own “Ms. Tree”; “Batman”; and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, for which he wrote ten best-selling novels and several award-winning video games. His tie-in books have appeared on the USA TODAY bestseller list nine times and the New York Times three. His movie novels include Saving Private Ryan, Air Force One, andAmerican Gangster (IAMTW Best Novel “Scribe” Award, 2008).
An independent filmmaker in the Midwest, Collins has written and directed four features, including the Lifetime movie “Mommy” (1996); and he scripted “The Expert,” a 1995 HBO World Premiere, and the film-festival favorite, “The Last Lullaby” (2009), based on his novel, The Last Quarry. His documentary “Caveman: V.T. Hamlin & Alley Oop” (2008) has appeared on PBS and on DVD, and his documentary “Mike Hammer’s Mickey Spillane” (1998/2011) appears on the Criterion Collection DVD and Blu-ray of “Kiss Me Deadly.”
His play “Eliot Ness: An Untouchable Life,” was nominated for an Edgar Award in 2004 by the Mystery Writers of America; a film version, written and directed by Collins, was released on DVD and appeared on PBS stations in 2009.
His other credits include film criticism, short fiction, songwriting, trading-card sets, and video games. His coffee-table book, The History of Mystery, was nominated for every major mystery award, and his Men’s Adventure Magazines won the Anthony Award.
Collins lives in Muscatine, Iowa, with his wife, writer Barbara Collins; as “Barbara Allan,” they have collaborated on eleven novels, including the successful “Trash ‘n’ Treasures” mysteries, Antiques Flee Market (2008) winning the Romantic Times Best Humorous Mystery Novel award in 2009. Their son Nathan is a Japanese-to-English translator, working on video games, manga and novels.
Twenty-two year-old Michael O’Sullivan returns from the second World War with a medal of honor, a glass eye, and the violent skills necessary to avenge his family, who were gunned down by the Chicago mob when he was a child. O’Sullivan becomes mobster Frank Nitti’s trusted chauffer…and an undercover operative for federal agent Eliot Ness…but even as he seeks revenge, he finds himself being seduced by the criminal underworld that he loathes.
Praise for ROAD TO PURGATORY
“PURGATORY succeeds in putting us inside the head of an honorable man descending into a hell of his own creation,” Entertainment Weekly
“An explosive, action-packed blockbuster, destined to rank right up there with THE GODFATHER series when all is said and done.” Detroit Free Press
“A cordite-drenched Shakespearean tragedy.” Kirkus Reviews
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Judge Willa Carson’s mother Kate Austin’s new husband, a hot Italian model, lures Willa into investigating a thirty-year old murder. When no-nonsense Federal Judge Wilhelmina Carson is presented with the facts of the case she’s convinced that Billie Jo Steam is innocent.
Determined to right the wrongs of a justice system in which she believes, and to please Kate no matter what, Willa pulls out all the stops, including the use of genetic testing and her most distinguished political connections, to give Billie Jo back her family and her freedom.
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In Vietnam, Quarry and his spotter, Lance Corporal Roberts, were assigned to terminate a local torturer known as the Dragon Lady, but Quarry’s bullet went wide, leaving her with a scar and her life. Now back home after the war, working as a professional hit man, Quarry receives his next assignment – and it’s to terminate his old platoon-mate.