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    Max Allan Collins(Author)

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Convinced that Nolan killed his brother, Coleman Comfort, a ruthless criminal, kidnaps Nolan's girlfriend, Sherry, and demands that Nolan help him rob a shopping mall

Collins (The Million-Dollar Wound, the Mallory series) may not be in Elmore Leonard's class but he's a contender. Nolan, a retired thief, is 50-ish and legit now, owner of a successful shopping-mall restaurant in the Quad Cities on the Iowa-Illinois border. He even has a young, beautiful live-in assistant whom he'll probably marry soon. (For the taciturn Nolan, Sherry's "in the top two"; money will always be number one for him.) Nolan's new identity is threatened when Coleman Comfort, ex-crime confederate, reenters his life. Bearing a crazy grudge, Comfort is also after a big score: he kidnaps Sherry and forces Nolan to mastermind the heist of the whole shopping mall. Nolan suspects what we know from the start: that Comfort is a ruthless psychotic who does not leave living witnesses. As Nolan plans the heist he must also try and find Sherry. The end is bloody, if a bit pat, but readers will love the snappy pace, wonderful color (a shopping mall at its Christmas apogee) and rich cast of characters. Cole Comfort, handsome, paternal good ole boy with a disarming smle, is a terrific villain. Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. Max Allan Collins wrote the graphic novel that inspired the Oscar-winning film Road to Perdition. Among his popular crime and detective novels are the hard-boiled adventures of killer-for-hire Quarry and heist-artist Nolan, both series available in uniform editions from Perfect Crime Books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • PDF | 311 pages
  • Max Allan Collins(Author)
  • Tor Books; First Edition edition (October 1, 1987)
  • English
  • 2
  • Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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  • By Dave Wilde on August 17, 2014

    Take an ex mobbed-up guy and pair him with an overgrown 20year old comic book collector who also plays in a rock band and has a Charles Atlas physique and you have the Nolan and Jon series. This is the final book in the terrific seven book series and it is a great crime thriller that is both easy to read and quick reading. The basic plot is that, after pulling off a few capers together, Nolan and Jon have both retired from the business. Nolan runs a restaurant/nightclub called Nolan's and is shacked up with a twenty-two year old blonde Sherry who is also the hostess at his restaurant. Jon is shacked up with the lead singer of his band, but she is heading off to greener pastures and leaving him without a band and without a home. Meanwhile, the Comfort clan rears its ugly head again. One of them spots Nolan and they figure if they grab the girl, they can force him to pull off the ultimate caper with them. This book feels more like one of Westlake's Parker books than any of the other Nolan books, particularly when it comes to putting together the crew and pulling off the heist and all the double and triple crossing that follows.This is kind of a different version of Nolan than readers of this series might be used to. "In Nolan's life, right now, comfort was very important." He circulates around his restaurant, greeting patrons, and spends nights sometimes "stretched out on a recliner" and watching a boxing match. He now has a slight paunch and plays golf with other business owners in the community.Sherry had originally been a waitress at a motel he ran for the mob and he had fired her for spilling coffee on too many customer's laps. "Then she sat on his, and they wound up spending the summer together. When she wasn't in a bikini, poolside, she was in his bed and wasn't in a bikini." Now, she's plotting to get Nolan to Vegas and get hitched.What makes this book stand out from all the various crime thrillers available is Collins' writing, particularly his character development. For instance, the Comforts are a backwoods redneck family with the patriarch (Coleman Comfort) of the family wandering around in overalls. His airhead son, Lyle, dresses like a Miami Vice character but has the brains of a mosquito. Lyle didn't really like killing people, but he did what Pa told him to do. Lyle's sister is Cindy Lou, a cute curvy strawberry blonde freckle-faced sixteen-year old who dresses in a halter and short jeans and barefeet and comes across as "being somewhere between Daisy Mae and Lolita." The portraits drawn of the Comfort family are just charming. Old Coleman Comfort's wife had been Thedy and she had been all "Georgia peaches and cream." "Thick as a plank she was, but she kept her looks over the years; never ran to fat." "What did it matter if she thought two plus two was twenty-two, and signed her name with an X?"In this book as in the others in the series, Nolan realizes that he can never fully retire, that he always is going have to be on his guard, and that the shadows from the past will always haunt him. All in all, this book is exactly what you should expect from Collins: a terrific read that, once you start, you won't put down no matter how late the hour.

  • By col2910 on January 19, 2016

    Another entertaining romp with Collins and his man Nolan. On this occasion Nolan has stepped away from a life of crime and is a respected businessman in his community. Sherry his live-in girlfriend and club manager, has designs on marriage, but has yet to totally convince Nolan of the idea. Her plans get thrown off track with the arrival of Jon – Nolan’s younger sidekick from previous adventures.The unexpected appearance of more of the Comfort clan – a nemesis from previous books - doesn’t bode well for future matrimonial harmony; because if Coleman Comfort’s plans come to fruition, Sherry and Nolan (and Jon) won’t be around to exchange vows.Comfort kidnaps Sherry, to coerce Nolan into heisting the shopping mall where his nightclub is situated. With limited options, Nolan puts himself back in the game; planning to heist his friends and neighbours while at the same time desperately trying to track down Sherry’s location.Fast, funny, violent and on this occasion we see, if not a softer Nolan, one a lot less machine-like and more capable of emotion.4.5 from 5Despite the bit in the blurb stating this is the final Nolan book, I do still have one to read. Collins’ Nolan books have a chequered publishing timeline. Written, published, not published, options not taken up, manuscripts lost and subsequently rediscovered and resurrected. Max Allan’s interesting introductions to the Kindle editions add value to the series.Spree was bought for Kindle a year two two ago.

  • By donette w. on July 1, 2016

    I have loved all the Max Allan Collins' books that I have read. Always an adventure, well developed characters, sometimes high drama, sometimes historical stories, always exciting plotlines.

  • By Kindle Customer on August 14, 2016

    Another Nolen adventure that can,t be put down!!

  • By Ramsey Campbell on June 28, 2016

    This is the last of the Nolan books and like the others it is compulsively readable, if not particularly original. It is similar to the Parker books by "Richard Stark", but just different enough to stand on their own. In short, it is fully engaging and enjoyable.

  • By Jeffrey Cohen on September 22, 2016

    Max Collins has gotten better than when, as a younger man, he wrote Spree. His topics have gotten better too. Especially the Nathan Heller series. Having read a Nolan book, I don't think I will be reading another.

  • By Mark Statman on November 10, 2012

    Has that good old MaxAllen Collins sense of what a reader wants to read. Nice and fine, nothing fancy, entertainment.


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