The Paperback Warrior website and podcast



Those of you who follow the VWOP Twitter account have probably heard of Paperback Warrior. Paperback Warrior, as you can tell by the above image, is a website devoted to reviewing hard-boiled crime, mystery, men’s adventure, espionage, and western novels. Like the pulp novelists of yore, Eric and Tom crank ’em out, […]

The Nolan series by Max Allan Collins, part III–Not Quite Parker review and guest post

Note: Huge apologies to Mr. Dan Luft for the long delay in posting his Nolan series. Although I’ve got plenty of excuses, it really is inexcusable.

I’m hoping to get up two more long-delayed guest posts in the coming week or two, and to get back into the groove of regular posting soon.

Thanks […]

Fourth (fourteenth?) anniversary

Lots of stuff going on in my so-called “real life” at the moment, so this post is late and a bit more perfunctory than last year’s. But I did want to mark the anniversary, even if it is late.

As I’ve mentioned before, I think of the real anniversary of the current VWOP as […]

The Nolan series by Max Allan Collins, part II–Not Quite Parker review and guest post

The Nolan Series, Part II

By Mr. Dan Luft

After Max Allan Collins published the first two books of his Nolan series, his publisher asked for a full-blown series. Collins then wrote another three volumes, but they would sit unpublished for years after Collins’s first publisher, Curtis, was purchased by Popular Library (I don’t […]

The Nolan series by Max Allan Collins, part I–Not Quite Parker review and guest post

One thing I haven’t done a terribly good job of is covering the various Parker pastiches, homages, tributes, and rip-offs. (I’ll try to do better, I swear!) Fortunately, in the case of Max Allan Collins’ Nolan novels, someone has stepped up to the plate to provide the coverage that I haven’t. That person is […]

Max Allan Collins’ Nolan returns

Here’s some good news to start the new year, via Atomic Pulp. Max Allan Collins’ Nolan series of Parker pastiches is coming back into print.

The first two are already in print, as Two for the Money, from Hard Case Crime. The other six have been hard to find for awhile, but will be […]

Max Allan Collins Remembers Donald Westlake

Collins is, of course, the author of the Nolan series of Parker pastiches among many, many other books. He is currently working on finishing unfinished Mickey Spillane novels, at the request of Spillane himself.

This is a great piece. Donald Westlake seems to have touched a lot […]