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Publication Order of Quarry Books

Quarry (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Quarry's Deal (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Quarry's List (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Quarry's Cut (1977) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Primary Target (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Quarry (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The First Quarry (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Quarry in the Middle (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Quarry's Ex (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wrong Quarry (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Quarry's Choice (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Quarry in the Black (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Quarry's Climax (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Chronological Order of Quarry Books

The chronology of the Quarry novels is vague, however the author himself has told us he would suggest this method: – The First Quarry – Quarry’s Choice – Quarry in the Black – Quarry – Quarry’s List – Quarry’s Deal – Quarry’s Cut – Quarry’s Ex – Quarry in the Middle – The Wrong Quarry – Quarry’s Vote – The Last Quarry

Publication Order of Quarry Collections

Quarry's Greatest Hits (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

The “Quarry” series follows a former Marine sniper who becomes a professional hitman after returning from Vietnam in 1973. Some may say he is a sociopath, but he’s really just a normal person who has become twisted by the events in Vietnam.

Quarry lives in Wisconsin. He came back from the war and found that everyone was mad at the vets of Vietnam, and so he turns his talents joining up with a group of killers. He later strikes out on his own, as he cannot take orders from anyone. Quarry also narrates the stories in the series.

The sixth, seventh, and eighth novels in the series are a trilogy, with the sixth (“The Last Quarry”) supposed to be the final novel in the series, and the seventh (“The First Quarry”) supposed to be the first. These two novels act like bookends to the series chronologically speaking, while the eighth “Quarry in the Middle”, is supposed to go right in the very middle of the series.

The series started out from Max Allan Collins wanting to take what Richard Stark did with the “Parker” series up a notch by making Quarry a professional killer, not a professional thief. He also wanted to start the first novel fast and than slow things down, but he wanted to have Quarry narrate things so that you get to hear him tell things his way. Collins has written this series designed to one-up the “Parker” series written by Richard Stark – but it is a homage to that series.

“Quarry” (also called “The Broker”) by Max Allan Collins is the first novel in the “Quarry” series that was released in 1976. Someone has hired Quarry to kill a nobody named Albert Leroy, and he is able to. His good luck, however, is short lived, because he gets back to the place he was using as a lookout, and his partner is dead and the money they were paid is gone. The person that hired them both is now, all of a sudden, not cooperating and keeping quiet about who it was that hired Quarry and his partner. It was a simple job that went to hell, and leaves Quarry with the simple task to see who hired them and get payback.

Fans of the novel enjoyed the fun ride that Collins took them on while reading this novel, and Quarry, despite his off-putting personality, is still someone you find yourself rooting for. Some found that they were hooked from the very beginning of the novel, and the opening scene of the novel gives you a glimpse into what the world of killing people for money looks like. Some found this book to be well paced and plotted and gets right to the point. It is one that is not to be missed.

“Quarry’s List” (also called “The Broker’s Wife”) by Max Allan Collins is the second novel in the “Quarry” series that was released in 1976. This novel takes place only months after the first novel in the series. Quarry is trying to keep hidden but gets visited from two men who have been sent by an old acquaintance. Someone wants Quarry gone, for good.

Fans of the novel enjoy the way that you get to see Collins develop his skills as a writer in this novel. There is also some very good violence in the novel and Quarry seems to almost be an investigator hero. Some found the novel to be a quick read that was a lot of fun and served as a great ride. Some enjoyed the unexpected twists that caught them off guard here. The book was quite thrilling and readers kept on reading until they were finished with the novel. Some find that Collins does a good job writing these novels.

“Quarry’s Deal” (also called “The Dealer”) by Max Allan Collins is the second novel in the “Quarry” series that was released in 1976. While Quarry is on the hunt for other hitmen, he trails one (that the Broker’s list has down as Ivy) from Florida to the midwest. It is not a man that he is following, but a woman. A beautiful one that may just give Quarry a run for his money. She may just be as dangerous while she is on the job as she is in the bedroom.

Fans of the novel liked that Collins’s writing ability is even more developed this time out. Yet again, Collins gives readers a thrilling adventure that has them coming back for more about this fascinating character. Fans enjoy the way that you get a hitman as a main character, it is interesting to root for someone who is usually considered a bad guy. Some found that there is sharp writing and some great twists that you cannot see coming. The twists are on the low key side, which makes them even harder to predict. Some enjoy that the novel keeps things moving along and will have you finishing the novel quickly.

The series of novels has been turned into a television series that airs on Cinemax, that stars Logan Marshall-Green as Mac Conway. There was also “A Matter of Principal”, that is an adaptation of a short story, and “the Last Lullaby” that featured the talents of Tom Sizemore.

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  • Max Allan Collins

    Thank you for this. A few corrections. Quarry does not live in Iowa (I do), rather Wisconsin. He is not psychotic — arguably a sociopath, but in my view he is a normal person twisted by events. A close reading of the novels could form a chronology — for example, QUARRY’S CHOICE follows THE FIRST QUARRY. The first person technique is designed to make the reader identify with the protagonist and even accept his less-than-moral choices. The books were designed to one-up the Richard Stark “Parker” novels, but were in no way intended to be a rip-off of them; my earlier series, Nolan, draws upon those books and I have jokingly called them an “homage (French for rip-off”). Quarry is the first series about a hitman and I take pride in that. Those readers who find the novels “dated” are limited in their ability to read a book in the context of its times (the first four books were written in the early to mid-’70s).

    • Hi Max,

      Thank you very much for the feedback and I’ll make the changes to the article.

      We have a group of writers who write these and if possibly we use a writer who has read the series in question. Unfortunately no-one on the staff had – the writer who took this one had read your Nathan Heller series only so that’s where some mistakes would have been made – relying on second hand information, other peoples reviews and general opinion etc.

      • Max Allan Collins

        Understood. Your writer seems to have leaned heavily on recent reviews of the reprinting of the first five novels, which skews things in an unfortunate manner, at least from my point of view. Those books aren’t really on a par with the later entries written in recent years, which have received a good deal of praise and even award nominations — QUARRY’S CHOICE and the current QUARRY IN THE BLACK for example. The first four were very early works — I’m proud of them but they are formative, and I rather feel I’m at the top of my game now. The first quartet (with the lone ’80s entry) were reprinted, obviously, because of the Cinemax TV show. I understand how difficult it is to keep up with what you’re doing, but I would suggest requiring any writer attempting such a piece to read at least one of the novels before undertaking it. Thanks.

        • Max Allan Collins

          Let me take a run at a chronology:

          THE FIRST QUARRY
          QUARRY’S CHOICE
          QUARRY IN THE BLACK
          QUARRY (aka THE BROKER)
          QUARRY’s LIST (aka THE BROKER’S WIFE)
          QUARRY’S DEAL (aka THE DEALER)
          QUARRY’S CUT (aka THE SLASHER)
          QUARRY’s EX
          QUARRY IN THE MIDDLE
          THE WRONG QUARRY
          QUARRY’s VOTE (aka PRIMARY TARGET)
          THE LAST QUARRY