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Quarry's Greatest Hits Hardcover – Sep 2003


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  • Hardcover: 261 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (September 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594140618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594140617
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 14.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 449 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #506,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Quarry is a paid killer, not some moping hit man with a conscience. Just a careful, efficient guy who believes in a day's work for a day's pay. Collins, author of the Nate Heller series, among dozens of other novels and short stories, worked Quarry into his oeuvre in the 1970s and '80s. This anthology brings together three Quarry short stories and one novel. The latter, Primary Target, written in 1987 and generally overlooked, finds Quarry retired and living a quiet life on his Wisconsin vacation resort. He's married with a child on the way. Then he's asked to kill a presidential candidate. He declines. The folks who made the offer can't afford to have anyone alive know their plan. They try for Quarry but get his family. Bad mistake. The three stories included here reflect Collins' sardonic humor and his extraordinary ability to take his plots on an unexpected detour or two. Odds are that, after sampling this fine collection, Collins' enthusiastic fans will demand the return of Quarry. Wes Lukowsky
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This anthology consist of one strong novel and four delightful shorts starring a hit man who suffers no remorse as he sees this as a means of earning a buck. Readers familiar with Quarry will know this book is a winner and he will fascinate newcomers. This collection represents some of Max Collins greatest hits.
"Primary Target". This is an exciting novel that showcases the intriguing antihero at his best. In his thirties, Quarry is retired from his kill for pay job. He lives comfortable in Paradise Lake, Wisconsin running an in inn with his young pregnant wife Linda. A client offers Quarry $1 million to assassinate ultra right wing religious fanatic and presidential candidate Freed. Quarry turns down the job. Not long afterward two amateurs attack Quarry's home killing his spouse and visiting brother-in-law, but failing to take out the key antagonist. Quarry dispatches the duo and begins his quest for vengeance.
The four short stories are all well written and provide further insight into Quarry, a strong character whose presence is enhanced by deep secondary players and strong plotting.
Harriet Klausner
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one strong novel and four delightful shorts Oct. 20 2003
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This anthology consist of one strong novel and four delightful shorts starring a hit man who suffers no remorse as he sees this as a means of earning a buck. Readers familiar with Quarry will know this book is a winner and he will fascinate newcomers. This collection represents some of Max Collins greatest hits.
"Primary Target". This is an exciting novel that showcases the intriguing antihero at his best. In his thirties, Quarry is retired from his kill for pay job. He lives comfortable in Paradise Lake, Wisconsin running an in inn with his young pregnant wife Linda. A client offers Quarry $1 million to assassinate ultra right wing religious fanatic and presidential candidate Freed. Quarry turns down the job. Not long afterward two amateurs attack Quarry's home killing his spouse and visiting brother-in-law, but failing to take out the key antagonist. Quarry dispatches the duo and begins his quest for vengeance.
The four short stories are all well written and provide further insight into Quarry, a strong character whose presence is enhanced by deep secondary players and strong plotting.
Harriet Klausner
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A great antihero July 18 2006
By Craig Clarke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This collection of stories featuring Max Allan Collins' hired killer called Quarry features all four Quarry short stories and the fifth novel in the series, Primary Target, which appeared ten years after the fourth entry, Quarry's Cut (previously published as The Slasher). But that's nothing when you consider that it would be almost twenty before Collins would write The Last Quarry for Hard Case Crime.

In Primary Target, Quarry is offered one million dollars to assassinate up-and-coming third-party presidential candidate Preston Freed. When he turns it down -- he is retired, after all -- there are major consequences and Quarry is forced to get back into the business he knows best: killing. Only this time, it's personal.

What results is a wonderfully intricate story where every character is connected to at least one other. Collins stretches out the suspense beautifully and only reveals the connections one by one, as Quarry discovers them himself. Collins' style is engaging as always and Quarry is a fascinating choice for a protagonist, given that he is only ever looking out for himself (although he does show a surprisingly tender side). Primary Target is exceptionally well-crafted, with every piece fitting firmly into place. It also has a perfect ending and is just the right length, coming in at just under 200 pages.

Also included are four short stories, the most significant of which is "A Matter of Principle," which has been adapted into a short film and is purported to be the basis for the forthcoming (and abovementioned) The Last Quarry; it would certainly work well as an opening chapter. Originally published in the seminal genre anthology Stalkers, "A Matter of Principle" has Quarry rescuing a kidnapped woman through his own special means. But Quarry's motives are his own, as we soon find out....
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You Can't Go Wrong With The Quarry Series, Unless you Piss Him Off May 28 2014
By Dave Wilde - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Collins' Quarry Series, which he began in 1976, includes Quarry, Quarry's List, Quarry's Deal, Quarry's Cut, Quarry's Vote, Quarry's Greatest Hits, The Last Quarry, The First Quarry, Quarry in the Middle, Quarry's Ex, and the Wrong Quarry. It is one terrific series and Collins can only be faulted for not writing more in this series over the years. Indeed, he wrote the first four in the seventies and then Quarry's Vote in 1987, but waited until the 2000s before picking back up with the series.

Quarry, if you haven't read the series before, is about a contract killer and told from his perspective. Quarry returns from the Vietnam War and finds his wife shacked up with another guy. He finds the guy the next day, under his car, working on it, and kicks the jack out, killing him. He finds himself shunned after that and can't get employment. With his marriage over and his life falling apart, the Broker recruits him as a contract killer. With the Broker as a middle man, Quarry concentrates on his work, never knowing who the client is. Quarry is, in fact, the best assassin in the Broker's stable, that is, until, betrayed by the Broker, he gives Broker a fitting end and finds the Broker's files.

Quarry's Greatest Hits is basically Quarry's Vote (entitled Primary Target here) and several short pieces to round out the collection. The first selection A Matter of Principal is a great little piece about a pair of gay mobsters who have kidnapped a young teenager and what happens when Quarry runs into them. For those of us who have already read The Last Quarry, it is a familiar story since it eventually became the first chapter of that book.

In Quarry's Vote, originally published as Primary Target, Quarry is retired and running a small motel/resort on a small lake in rural Wisconsin. He lets himself drink and get pudgy over the long winters and has even married a sweet young blonde girl, who he originally had shacked up with as a one-night stand, but it morphed into something else after her parents were killed in a car wreck. It is an idyllic life and, in his early thirties, Quarry is embarking on a calm life. Only, and you knew this was coming, someone from his old life looks him up and proposes a job, the job of a lifetime, really. One million dollars for one hit. It's a political hit on a third-party presidential fringe presidential candidate. Quarry ponders the money, but decides he is retired from that life and turns it down. Quarry also explains that, with a political hit, like Oswald, you are never safe. You are a loose end that someone has to deal with.

Seeing a car parked nearby with a lone man sitting in it, Quarry realizes that he may have turned the job done, but he is now a loose end that must be dealt with. He is now being hunted by those who would have hired him.

Quarry then puts the clues together and heads to the Quad Cities area of Iowa/Illinois to find out who has put the hit on him.
Although the idea of Quarry doing a political hit makes the book sound hokey, it is actually another great work in the Quarry line with Quarry playing detective to find out who is behind it in the complicated political world of third-party politics.

Along the way, the story is told with typical Quarry dead-pan humor that makes it an absolute pleasure to read.
Quarry is like a one-man army invading a political war camp. No one is who they seem in the Quad Cities and they are all inter-connected.

Primary Target (Quarry's Vote) is followed by short pieces. One of these pieces involves Quarry, retired, hanging in a bar with a old buddy from Vietnam, who jokes that they are now in the same business. Quarry, who had been drinking a bit, starts at that, wondering if his buddy is also an assassin, but his buddy merely meant the motel business. This piece is so familiar that I think Collins incorporated it into a later Quarry novel. I just can't remember which one.

All of the pieces in this collection are worthwhile. Highly recommended. Indeed, I recommend each and every book in the Quarry series.
Quarry's Early Adventures Nov. 20 2014
By George R. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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QUARRY'S GREATEST HITS collects three short stories and a hard-to-find, at the time, novel.

The three shorts concern a rescue, in Quarry's own style, of a spoiled rich girl by two old enemies of our favorite hit man, a remembrance of an old case where Quarry is teamed with a green partner who nearly screws things up, and a fat, disgusting rich man who abuses his wife at the motel Quarry manages.

The novel, Priimary Target, retitled Quarry's Vote for the most recent release, where he hunts down old enemies that kill his wife.


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