Today’s Guest: Max Allan Collins, novelist, Seduction of the Innocent, Complex 90, Road to Perdition
Do you ever hear a voice in your head when you read a book?
For example, if you read the – God forbid – autobiography of Justin Beiber, would you imagine the Biebs reading it to you?
Well, ever since my first interview with novelist Max Allan Collins, I can’t help but read his detective stories and hear his voice unraveling the narrative and dialogue.
MAX ALLAN COLLINS podcast excerpt: “Complex 90 has a hugely violent scene where Mike Hammer essentially slaughters 45 people. I’m glad it won’t be coming out till May because maybe things will settle down and I won’t have to answer the questions about, ‘How can you put a hero in that position?’ I’m just naive enough to think there is a difference between a lunatic in real life going into a school and killing innocent children, and a fictional character who is a hero killing a bunch of villains in a novel. It’s a specious argument. And it’s an easy one.”
That was particularly true in Seduction of the Innocent, a wacky twisting of realish people and false situations that anyone with a sense of comic book history will enjoy if for no other reason than to see creepy Dr. Werner Frederick get knocked off. It’s a roller-coaster ride of four-color goodness.
And in reading his other new book, the Mike Hammer story Complex 90, I swear I hear Max in the narrative and his posthumous co-author Mickey Spillane in the conversations between Hammer and everybody.
Is it just me?