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Nov. 19, 2004

Dec. 2 'Live From Prairie Lights' Reading Features Collins' New Novel

Prolific Iowa writer Max Allan Collins, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from "Road to Purgatory," a sequel to the novel/graphic novel/film "Road to Perdition," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series hosted by Julie Englander on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. Listen on the Internet at

The popular film starring Tom Hanks was based on Collin's graphic novel, "Road to Perdition," originally published in 1998. Two sequels, "On the Road to Perdition: Oasis" and "On the Road to Perdition: Sanctuary" followed.

"Road to Purgatory" interweaves two stories, 20 years apart, involving his "Perdition" characters Michael O'Sullivan Sr. and Michael O'Sullivan Jr.

Collins, who lives in Muscatine, is best known for his detective fiction, including recent "CSI: Miami" novelizations. His novels include extensions of the Dick Tracy and Mike Hammer series, as well as stories featuring his own heroic creations.

Collins wrote film tie-in novels for "Saving Private Ryan" and "Air Force One," based on the movie screenplays. He also wrote the Dick Tracy comic strip from 1977 to 1993 and has contributed to "Batman" and many other comics. He has won multiple awards for his Nathan Heller series about a Chicago private detective.

In addition to his movie novelizations, he wrote and directed "Mommy" and "Mommy's Day," two low-budget cinema thrillers, and the documentary "Mike Hammer's Mickey Spillane."

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