A New Western Hero!


Mickey Spillane is something of a legend in his own right. Creator on the Mike Hammer crime novels, he remained active and prolific right up until his death in 2006 at the grand old age of 88. Millions of his books are in still print all around the world.
Max Allan Collins
made a name for himself with The Road to Perdition, which was a graphic novel before it was a movie. He has written stories for Dick Tracey Detective comics, penned the Nathan Heller series of historical hardboiled mysteries, authored many movie tie-ins, co-authored an award winning mystery series with his wife Barbara, and somehow finds time to be an independent filmmaker as well.
To have these two authors team up to finish a story Spillane started when actor John Wayne was in his heyday, is a treat for all fans of good western stories. It’s a classic story of a gun-toting stranger coming to town just in time to save a family ranch, owned and run by a blind old man and his beautiful daughter, from ruthless land grabbers. It may sound a bit like Shane by Jack Schaefer, but it the hands of Spillane and Collins, it is more than able to stand on its own.
This is a novel of good guys and bad guys, much in the vein of the older western writers; no moral ambiguity here! And Caleb York is the mysterious stranger who comes to the aid of the beleaguered townspeople of Trinidad, New Mexico. He knows how to use a gun and he doesn’t like bullies. That’s a bad combination for a crooked sheriff who’s used to having his own way.
You can expect plenty of action and drama from this dynamic duo of authors. There are rumors that this is the first in a series of Caleb York stories that Max Allan Collins will finish for Mickey Spillane. If so, it’s off to a great start!