I discovered Mr. Collins a few months ago when I was asked to review a mystery for Romance Foretold web site. I am a great fan of Martha Grimes, but didn't want to re-read a book for the review. I found Collins' The Titanic Murders at my local bookstore going out of business sale and couldn't resist it.
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Would love to discuss this book.
I just finished 'The Hindenburg Murders', evidently another true-crime like 'The Titanic Murders'. Probably the most impressive thing about this book was the author's ability to take a real setting, event, and real passengers and turn it into a pretty good mystery.
My biggest problem with the book was that I didn't really like the main character very much. Also, in the detective role, he didn't seem to be that interested in the case. He was more interested in bedding an attractive female passenger for a good time. Since Max Allan Collins did extensive research on the this person (Leslie Charteris, author of The Saint books), perhaps he's just reflecting the man's real character as a rather bored playboy.
Began with Pearl Harbor Murders, enjoying it greatly. Also purchased this week, but unable to start yet, Stolen Away, and Majic Man. Do not remember where MAC was quoted, but he is right, the private eye belongs to history. I know, Burroughs and Charteris and---whoever it was from Titantic Murders arent/werent p i's, but its the concept.
Two of Collins latest novels have been made into movies: "Road to Perdition" and "Windtalkers".
The Disaster Murders (in Chrono. Order by Event)
1. The Titanic Murders (Jacques Futrelle, Author of the "Thinking Machine" Mysteries Futrelle was so Popular that at time of his death on Titanic he was called the American Doyle.)
2. The Lusitania Murders (Willard Wright Aka S. S. Van Dine)
3. The Hindenburg Murders (Leslie Charteris)
4. The Pearl Harbor Murders ( E. R. Burroughs)
Coming Soon The London Blitz Murders
I Disagree with you on the Hindenburg Murders. Im Sure MAC's research helped in developing Charteris' character. Charteris was rather Famous for being a bit of a Playboy. He is rather with out choice in the matter of solving the murders Particularly since he starts out as a Prime Suspect being the victim's cabinmate.