Max Allan Collins, who created the graphic novel on which the Oscar-winning film Roadto Perdition was based, has been writing hard-boiled mysteries since his college days in the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa.
At last count, Collins’s books and short stories have been nominated for fifteen Shamus awards by the Private Eye Writers of America, winning for two Heller novels, True Detective and Stolen Away. He lives in Muscatine, Iowa with his wife, Barbara Collins, with whom he has collaborated on several novels and numerous short stories. The photo above shows Collins in 1971.
The Big Book of Noir sums it up: "There's nobody better at the American crime novel." And Entertainment Weekly praises Collins's "witty, hard-boiled prose." There's a snappy interview with Collins at MonsterMikey.