Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tragic Beauties

Wow, publisher Thomas & Mercer has certainly done well by Max Allan Collins, releasing many of his older novels in handsome new paperback editions. It’s especially nice to see Collins’ six “disaster mysteries” back in print.

I’ve read all half-dozen of those works, and can certainly endorse your doing likewise. That’s especially true in the cases of The Titanic Murders (1999), which casts Jacques Futrelle--an early 20th-century mystery novelist who actually perished on the Titanic in 1912--in the role of amateur sleuth; and The Lusitania Murders (2002), which finds journalist-author Willard Huntington Wright (aka S.S. Van Dine) investigating, in 1915, the presence of German spies aboard the soon-to-be-torpedoed British ocean liner Lusitania.

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