Since Mickey Spillane’s death in 2006, mystery writer Max Allan Collins has collaborated posthumously with his late friend, helped by a trove of notes and unfinished stories. Now Collins gives us Last Stage to Hell Junction (Kensington, $25), the fourth Caleb York Western, based on a Spillane idea. Collins, who is most widely known for his graphic novel Road to Perdition, gives us a straight-ahead, story-driven Western about captives held by bad men in a ghost town called Hell Junction. It is a straight-shooting, two-fisted Western that will satisfy fans of the genre while paying homage to the Spillane legacy.
—Max McCoy, author of the Hellfire Canyon Western noir trilogy