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Max Allan Collins is the New York Times best-selling author of Road to Perdition and multiple award-winning novels, screenplays, comic books, comic strips, trading cards, short stories, movie novelizations, and historical fiction. He has scripted the Dick Tracy comic strip, Batman comic books, and written tie-in novels based on the CSI, Bones, and Dark Angel TV series; collaborated with legendary mystery author Mickey Spillane; and authored numerous mystery series including Quarry, Nolan, Mallory, Eliot Ness, and the bestselling Nathan Heller historical thrillers. His additional Disaster series mystery novels include The Titanic Murders, The Hindenburg Murders, The Pearl Harbor Murders, The Lusitania Murders, and The London Blitz Murders.

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  • File Size: 733 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612185150
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (December 11, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007X637A4
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Max Allan Collins is a New York Times bestselling author of original mysteries, a Shamus award winner and an experienced author of movie adaptions and tie-in novels. His graphic novel ROAD TO PERDITION was made into a major motion picture by Tom Hanks's production company, Playtone.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom VINE VOICE on July 11, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What if, on the night of Orson Welles' production of "The War of the Worlds", the young actor was accused of murdering one of the many mistresses he had? And if the only man that stood between Welles and a certain arrest for murder was Walter B. Gibson, the mesmerizing reconteur of THE SHADOW? Given that Halloween night of 1938 in which the force of radio was recognized across the nation by morning as a background, Max Allan Collins weaves an intricate story of Welles' life pre-Hollywood, the Golden Age of radio, and a neat little murder mystery with a twist.

Of course, Max Allan Collins is an old hand at creating mysterious puzzles. Author of dozens of books, most of them mysteries and several others focusing on the Good Girl Art of Gil Elvgren and the pulps, Collins has written the award-winning ROAD TO PERDITION, which became a movie starring Tom Hanks, several novels based on the CSI television franchise, and seveal novels about his own award-winning detective, Nate Heller. He has written five other "disaster" mysteries, all featuring real-life events and authors.

THE WAR OF THE WORLDS MURDER is a fantastic little tale. As with all of Collins' novels, he devotes time to laying out the disaster as well as the backgrounds of the real people he uses. In this case, Collins brings actor/writer/director Orson Welles and author Walter B. Gibson (who wrote the Shadow novels under the house name Maxwell Grant) to center stage. The first half of the novel is a fun romp that brings the reader up to speed on the personalities as well as providing a peek into the world that was Golden Age Radio.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Craig Clarke VINE VOICE on July 18, 2006
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Max Allan Collins' historical mysteries are some of the best reading available. His Nathan Heller series has been nominated nine times for the Shamus award (winning twice, for True Detective and Stolen Away) and his "disaster" series has received similar acclaim, with was also nominated for the Shamus). Mysteries are often considered fluff writing, but Collins mixes fact and fiction in a way that is irresistible to those of us who like a little grit in our meringue.

The War of the Worlds Murder is the sixth in the Collins' "disaster" series, and it continues the series on a slightly different note. It is both less "disastrous" than previous entries and slightly less effective. But that doesn't keep it from being fascinating reading, especially to such a rabid fan of Orson Welles, the Shadow, and old-time radio as myself.

This War of the Worlds does not focus on the H.G. Wells novel (although it was undoubtedly released to coincide with the recent film adaptation). It instead features the 1938 Mercury Theatre radio presentation that "panicked America."

Collins introduces the novel, much like the Orson Welles film F for Fake, with the assertion that what follows is true -- the result of a conversation with Walter Gibson in 1975. (Gibson created the Shadow, authored over 230 novels featuring the character, and was the person who recommended Welles the young actor for the role on radio.)

However, also like F for Fake, he abandons this tactic once we are well and truly hooked, introducting a fictional murder into the proceedings. (Welles' mistress, or one of them, is murdered in CBS studios on the night of the broadcast and it is up to pulp writer Gibson, in town to assist Welles on a Shadow film project that never materialized, to solve the crime.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on January 26, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As Collins notes in his afterward, "The War of the Worlds Murder", the sixth installment in Collins' "disaster" series (following The London Blitz Murders, The Lusitania Murders, The Titanic Murders, The Hindenburg Murders, and The Pearl Harbor Murders), features a real life crime fiction writer functioning as an amateur sleuth in a fact-based mystery. This time out, the writer/sleuth is none other than pulp writer Walter B. Gibson. Gibson, the journeyman writer who penned dozens of adventures of the pulp hero The Shadow, has been invited to New York by none other than actor/director Orson Welles, who is interested in bringing the enigmatic avenger he has portrayed in radio dramas to the silver screen.

Arriving in New York City on Thursday, October 27, 1938, Gibson observes Welles and the rest of the Mercury Theatre players in action as they prepare for their Halloween broadcast of their adaptation of H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds; swept up by the whirlwind that is Orson Welles, Gibson has great fun, until the night of that fateful performance, as a body turns up in a room adjacent to the broadcast studio. Gibson, who has witnessed the passions that Welles arouses, realizes that anyone in the studio, including the great actor himself, is a potential suspect.

A quick, compelling read, TWOTWM features Collins' trademark exhaustive research and unparalleled creativity, as the author deftly weaves fact and fiction into a winning tapestry. Mystery mavens will appreciate the puzzle Collins has concocted; those who know the histories of Welles and Gibson will appreciate the way the author painlessly inserts details about their fascinating lives into the narrative. Collins makes these historical figures and the times come alive, providing his audience with a pleasant way to spend a few hours.
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