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The First Quarry by Max Allan Collins
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Jun 30, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: crime-mystery, hard-case-crime, bad-guys-rule, bouchercon, signed-by-author, damn-dirty-hippies

Hitman books are usually entertaining, and I liked the first Quarry book that HCC did. Even though this was recently written, it's a stone cold throwback to another era. This is the kind of crime novel that people used to buy in drug store book racks for less than a dollar. And it is seriously fun.

Collins takes us back to the dark days of 1970 to tell the story of Quarry's first assignment. Along with references to Vietnam veterans, hippies, classic rock, and beautiful coeds it also has a mafia don, a seedy private eye mixed up in a nasty divorce case, rival gangs, sex, and a bit of the old ultra-violence, and of course, Quarry stuck in the middle of the whole mess just trying to kill the college professor he was paid to hit.

Collins has apparently going to fill in more of Quarry's history with these new HCC novels and that's good news for us.
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