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Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
Collins' witty, hard-boiled prose would make Raymond Chandler proud.
USA Today
Violent and volatile and packed with sexuality...classic pulp fiction.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
As cool as an Eskimo Pie on a hot summer day and as sharp as a Ginsu knife.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780843959659
  • Publisher: Leisure Books
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Series: Quarry Series , #7
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted December 17, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    great

    Excellent book. Keeps you reading. So hard to put down

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2008

    Top-notch crime story

    Sharp prose that weaves a great story line, intimate first-person narration that brings you into Quarry's head and heart, and a cast of memorable characters make this book a fast, violent, sexy, and highly entertaining crime story. Max Allan Collins is a master of his craft. Kudos to HARD CASE CRIME.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2012

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    Nice Series Opener

    This sexually charged thriller, written in 2008 but set in 1970 as the prelude to Collins' Quarry series, reads like classic noir taken to the academic neighborhoods of Iowa City. Characters fulfill their crime novel archetypes well, giving the story a familiar feel while allowing for a few unexpected twists in the plot line. An enjoyable, sexy distraction, and a good introduction to the series as a whole.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2012

    Good Read!

    This is a quick read. Althought it may not be appropriate for everyone as it has some graphic areas in the prose in both violence and sex, it is a very interesting study of the making of a contract killer. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

    The cover looks more like a "romance" novel than the fast moving dark mystery that it really was.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2009

    BAD TO THE BONE

    Best paperback I have ever read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2014

    A feeble try at another more popular series about a hired pro

    Whose hobby is stamps . besides poorly done it is short and text page count under 150 pages as are the others. If you read the other series you would know he would not have made it as a pro for long pagecounter

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  • Posted April 7, 2013

    I¿d say I¿ve met my new favorite all American bada$$, and what I

    I’d say I’ve met my new favorite all American bada$$, and what I hope is the start of a beautiful friendship. Quarry is a former soldier that doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty, and there are enough beautiful dames and plenty of broads to keep even a man like Quarry satisfied throughout the pages of this action packed novel. The abundance of death rivals most Shakespearean tragedies, and the prose packs more punches than a heavyweight bout. Quarry has a smart mouth, and he utilizes all of his weapons to perfection.

    As described in THE FIRST QUARRY, he’s not an assuming man, but he’s not one that should be underestimated either. Multiple individuals make that mistake in the novel, and it’s often their last one. I delved into this novel so deeply I felt like I was the action star, and I was playing on the big screen at one of the local multiplexes. Needless to say, I was rather disappointed when I reached the end, and not because the end wasn’t satisfying. In fact, I was rather giddy with the prospect of reading eight more Quarry novels and knowing that there is a ninth one coming out early next year with a cover that looks every bit as scintillating as all the other Hard Case Crime novels out there.

    Now I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the lovely ladies in this novel in more detail, and what a fine troop of women it is that trek through the pages of this noir tale. Dorothy Byron may have a few miles on her, but as Quarry puts it, he wouldn’t mind helping her with a few more. And with a mouth talented enough to suck a basketball through a garden hose, she’s every man’s wet dream. Annette, on the other hand, has dark hair and a dark complexion, and what she lacks in age-related experience, she more than makes up for in youthful enthusiasm and daddy issues.

    If this is ever made into a movie, I’d like to put in my vote for a black and white film, and Hollywood needs to bring in the curvy women. Forget the stick thin models, let’s see some curvy broads and femme fatales with a sharp tongue or two. As for the rating (and in tribute to the late Roger Ebert who passed away two days ago), I’ll resort to the old Siskel and Ebert standard of two thumps up. Way up.

    Robert Downs
    Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Terrible!

    Really terrible story.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2012

    Highly recommended.

    Discovered Max Allanc Collins by accident. Found the first several books in the Quarry series at an estate sale. Have been looking for more Collins since. The Quarry series is really good. And I've enjoyed his other series too. Looking forward to the Nathan Heller books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    Interesting story in hard-boiled genre

    I think I would probably like to read the rest of the series. Quarry is an interesting character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Good, quick read!

    Looking for a quick, suspenseful book with a witty story line? This is it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Have not read yet

    I'll let you know after I read it!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Pretty good story. Interesting premise. Worth buying!

    Quarry's first assignment takes some interesting twists. A hired assassin who cares: who would have thought? Over all, pretty good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    OK - Not great

    Story line was good but too much graphic sex and descriptions of his sexual reaction to women. Teenager will love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Great piece of pulp fiction...

    Well written, great flow, and very entertaining....a great read!!!

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