“Collins, a superb storyteller with several series under his gunbelt, is never better then when narrating a new Quarry story.” –Pulp Fiction Reviews

As you know from our previous blog post, Skyboat Media is extremely proud to bring the Quarry series by Max Allan Collins under the Skyboat banner. And so with no further ado … drumroll please … we present the latest installments in the wildly successful Quarry Series, with award-winning audiobook narrator Stefan Rudnicki as Quarry, a former Vietnam vet turned contract killer.

Max Allan Collins shares Stefan’s enthusiasm for the audiobooks, declaring on his blog:

“Man, does he do a great job with Quarry. He so gets it. At first it may seem like his warm deep baritone is too old for Quarry, whose boyish charm makes the terrible things he does and thinks go down so smoothly. But Stefan really, really understands the character and conveys the humor… And, anyway, these are the memoirs of Quarry, written mostly when he was an older man (as old as me, say)…”

In February 2015, it was announced that Cinemax ordered “Quarry,” an eight-episode series of based on the novels of Max Allan Collins, staring Logan Marshall-Green. Collins has been pleased with the process; he and his lovely wife even got to visit the set in New Orleans, which, of course, Collins managed to capture in delightful prose (and photos!) in a blog post — and you can catch a sneak peek here!

“Fans of Collins will be delighted to find him resurrecting Quarry…This novel covers a lot of ground in a small space—a credit to the distinct, wry voice Collins has given Quarry, who doesn’t waste anything, least of all words.” —Publishers Weekly

Listen to audiobook samples of the QUARRY series on Skyboat’s SoundCloud page!

THE LAST QUARRY by Max Allan Collins

Read by Stefan Rudnicki

Quarry long ago disappeared into a well-earned retirement. But now a media magnate has lured the restless hit man into tackling one last lucrative assignment.

The target is an unlikely one—why, Quarry wonders, would anyone want a beautiful young librarian dead? And why in hell does he care? 


“Collins never misses a beat” —Booklist


THE FIRST QUARRY by Max Allan Collins

Read by Stefan Rudnicki

“I had done a certain amount of soul searching. I had learned to kill in the jungle of Vietnam and figured I could kill in the zoo of America just as easily.”

Find out how Quarry got his start. How he met the Broker, how he got his name, his first job. It’s all here.


QUARRY IN THE MIDDLE by Max Allan Collins

Read by Stefan Rudnicki

First there was The Last Quarry, then there was The First Quarry—now look who’s caught in the middle.

The enigmatic hit man Quarry is back in this violent, steamy tale of warring crime families. When two godfathers set out to bump each other off, guess who winds up with both contracts…


“Addictive as a jar of salted nuts.” —Pulp Fiction Reviews


QUARRY’S EX by Max Allan Collins

Read by Stefan Rudnicki

Even the enigmatic hit man called Quarry had to start somewhere. And for him that was the day he returned stateside from Nam to find his young wife cheating. He’d killed plenty overseas, so killing her lover was no big deal. And when he was recruited to use his skills as a contract killer, that transition was easy, too.

He survived in this jungle as he had in that other one—by expecting trouble.

What he didn’t expect was ever running into his ex again …


QUARRY’S CHOICE by Max Allan Collins

Read by Stefan Rudnicki

Quarry is a pro in the murder business.

When the mysterious man he works for becomes a target himself, Quarry is sent south to remove a traitor in the ranks. But in this wide-open city—with sin everywhere and betrayal around every corner—Quarry must make the most dangerous choice of his deadly career: who to kill?

See our previous blog post for a behind-the-scenes clip of Stefan in the recording booth!


QUARRY IN THE BLACK by Max Allan Collins

Read by Stefan Rudnicki

Quarry’s latest assignment is to kill Reverend Raymond Wesley Lloyd. It’s 1972 and Lloyd is a passionate civil rights leader who’s campaigning for the underdog candidate in a controversial presidential election. Quarry finds out that a Missouri-based hate group is after Lloyd too.

Who is Quarry actually working for?

Is there a line even a hitman won’t cross? This is a thriller you won’t want to miss (plus it’s a series!) Binge-time.


“Irresistible…Newcomers and established fans alike will be happily drawn into Quarry’s cold-blooded criminal world.” Publishers Weekly


QUARRY’S CLIMAX by Max Allan Collins

Read by Stefan Rudnicki

It’s 1975. The Vietnam War is over.  Disco is king.  It’s time to party.

And then, there’s Climax Magazine, considered raunchy by anyone’s standards. It’s owned by Max Climer. Someone wants to put him not only out of business, but out of living altogether.

Quarry’s hired by The Broker, not to kill Climer, but to kill those who want to kill Climer. The problem isn’t finding who wants Climer gone, but narrowing down the list. Can Quarry stop the potential assassin(s) in time?

Author Max Allan Collins takes you into the world of pornography in its heyday, in all its sleazy glory.


KILLING QUARRY by Max Allan Collins

Read by Stefan Rudnicki

Quarry, star of thirteen previous novels, a comic book, and the acclaimed Cinemax TV series, returns in an all-new assignment that takes the hitman’s hitman into uncharted territory, when he finds out that—for the first time—someone has taken out a hit on him.

And is the mysterious killer assigned to hit the hitman someone from Quarry’s past? Maybe even a past lover?


“Intriguing backstories, crafty revelatory connections, tongue-in-cheek humor, and blistering present-day battles make this entry sizzle. Noir fans will be sorry to see the last of Quarry.” —Publishers Weekly on QUARRY’S BLOOD

QUARRY’S BLOOD by Max Allan Collins

Read by Stefan Rudnicki

Quarry’s violent past comes looking for him.

The professional hitman known as Quarry has put killing behind him. But after a beautiful writer of true-crime best sellers drops by to announce he’s the subject of her next book, killers descend to give him some of his own deadly medicine, forcing Quarry to journey into his bloody past to find the answers – and settle old scores.

Quarry’s Blood brings the hitman’s decades-long saga right up to the present day as MWA Grand Master Max Allan Collins explores the startling final act of Quarry’s professional career.


Hooked on Quarry? We can help with that. Visit our previous QUARRY blog post. Listen to audiobook samples on Skyboat’s SoundCloud page. All eight — oops better make that NINE —  Quarry titles are available on downpour.com.

Congratulations to Quarry’s creator, Max Allan Collins!

Author Max Allan Collins. Image via the author’s website.

Max Allan Collins has been selected as a 2017 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. MWA’s Grand Master Awards represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing and was established to acknowledge important contributions to this genre, as well as for a body of work that is both significant and of consistent high quality.

“To be in the company of Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, and Mickey Spillane is both thrilling and humbling. This is an honor second to none in the art of mystery and suspense fiction.” –Max Allan Collins

And if you’re looking for more pulse-pounding series from Max Allan Collins, the MIKE HAMMER series and the NOLAN novels narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, and FANCY ANDERS narrated by Gabrielle de Cuir, are now available on audio from Skyboat Media.

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