Quarry Books in Order

The Quarry books have become so popular over the years that generation after generation, people keep going back to them.

If you're just starting with it and want a reading list, you're in luck. Here we list out all the Quarry books in order; keeping in mind various factors like the publication year, reviews, its popularity among readers, etc.

It’s always a good idea to read such book titles in sequence so that you don't miss out on the story plot and its discussions in the book clubs.

Publication Order of Quarry Books

Quarry / The Broker

Collins, Max Allan 1976

Watch for Quarry on Cinemax! Cult favorite Quarry, the killer for hire, is back in print with this debut novel and four other early works by author Max Allan Collins. They don't come any harder-boiled than Quarry. After carrying out his assignment in a down-at-heels river town, the gunman finds someone has played him for a sucker.

To figure out who, he must solve the murder he committed. This new edition includes a previously unpublished Afterword by the author.

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Quarry's List / The Broker's Wife

Collins, Max Allan 1976

Killer-for-hire Quarry is trying to lie low when he gets a midnight visit from two other gunmen sent by an old associate. Someone wants Quarry off the scene--for keeps. Back in print, this early crime novel by the author of The Road to Perdition shows once again that nobody is harder-boiled than Quarry.

With a new Afterword by the author.

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Quarry's Deal / The Dealer

Collins, Max Allan 1976
No longer a killer-for-hire, Quarry now offers his services to people targeted by other hitmen. In this case, the assassin is a beautiful woman who may be as deadly at the game as Quarry himself. Read More

Quarry's Cut / The Slasher

Collins, Max Allan 1977

Watch for Quarry on Cinemax! When a hitman shows up at retired gunman Quarry's refuge, who is the target? Is it Quarry? Or is the assassin on a different mission--and if so, can Quarry foil it for revenge and profit? The fourth in the classic hard-boiled series from the 1970s, with a new introduction by author Max Allan Colliins.

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Quarry's Vote / Primary Target

Collins, Max Allan 1988

When retired hitman Quarry turns down a million bucks to murder a presidential candidate, he becomes a "loose end" that the conspirators need to tie off. With his peaceful life in ruins, Quarry launches his own campaign--for vengeance. A new edition, with afterword by the author, of the fifth book in Max Allan Collins's cult classic series.

They don't come harder-boiled than Quarry. "Violent and volatile and packed with sexuality . . . classic pulp fiction" (USA Today).

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The Last Quarry

Collins, Max Allan 2006

QUARRY'S BACK – FOR HIS TOUGHEST JOB EVER. The ruthless professional killer known as Quarry long ago disappeared into a well-earned retirement.  But now a media magnate has lured the restless hitman 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? On the 30th anniversary of the enigmatic assassin's first appearance, bestselling author Max Allan Collins brings him back for a dark and deadly mission where the last quarry may turn out to be Quarry himself.

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The First Quarry

Collins, Max Allan 2008

BIG MAN ON CAMPUS Crime fiction readers know Quarry, the ruthless killer-for-hire, from Max Allan Collins’ acclaimed novels – most recently THE LAST QUARRY, which told the story of the assassin’s final assignment (and was the basis for the feature film The Last Lullaby).

But where did Quarry's story start?  For first time ever, the best-selling author of ROAD TO PERDITION takes us back to the beginning, revealing the never-before-told story of Quarry’s first job: infiltrating a college campus and eliminating a professor whose affair with one of his beautiful, young students is the least of his sins…

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Quarry in the Middle

Collins, Max Allan 2009

FIRST…THERE WAS THE LAST QUARRY. THEN…THERE WAS THE FIRST QUARRY. NOW…LOOK WHO’S CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE. The enigmatic hitman Quarry -- star of seven celebrated novels and an award-winning feature film (The Last Lullaby) -- 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….

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Quarry's Ex

Collins, Max Allan 2011

BECAUSE HOMICIDE BEGINS AT HOME 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....

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The Wrong Quarry

Collins, Max Allan 2014

A HIT. AND A MISS.   Quarry doesn't kill just anybody these days. He restricts himself to targeting other hitmen, availing his marked-for-death clients of two services: eliminating the killers sent after them, and finding out who hired them…and then removing that problem as well.

    So far he's rid of the world of nobody who would be missed. But this time he finds himself zeroing in on the grieving family of a missing cheerleader. Does the hitman's hitman have the wrong quarry in his sights?

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Quarry's Choice

Collins, Max Allan 2015

Quarry is a pro in the murder business. When the 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?

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Quarry in the Black

Collins, Max Allan 2016

WHERE DOES A HIT MAN DRAW THE LINE? With a controversial presidential election just weeks away, Quarry is hired to carry out a rare political assignment: kill the Reverend Raymond Wesley Lloyd, a passionate Civil Rights crusader and campaigner for the underdog candidate.

But when a hate group out of Ferguson, Missouri, turns out to be gunning for the same target, Quarry starts to wonder just who it is he’s working for. NOW A CINEMAX TELEVISION SERIES! The longest-running series from Max Allan Collins, author of Road to Perdition, the Quarry novels tell the story of a paid assassin with a rebellious streak and an unlikely taste for justice.

Once a Marine sniper, Quarry found a new home stateside with a group of contract killers. But some men aren’t made for taking orders -- and when Quarry strikes off on his own, God help the man on the other side of his nine-millimeter...

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Quarry's Climax

Collins, Max Allan 2017

There's Nothing More Dangerous Than a Loaded MagazineMemphis, 1975. “Raunchy” doesn’t begin to describe Max Climer’s magazine, Climax, or his all-hours strip club, or his planned video empire. And evangelists, feminists, and local watchdog groups all want him out of business.

But someone wants more than that, and has hired a killer to end Max’s career permanently. Only another hit man – the ruthless professional known as Quarry, star of the acclaimed series on Cinemax – can keep Climer from becoming a casualty in the Sexual Revolution.

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Killing Quarry

Allan Collins, Max 2019

The hitman hero of the acclaimed series Quarry on Cinemax returns with an all-new assignment. By Quarry's creator, the award-wining author of Road to Perdition!Quarry, star of 13 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...?

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Publication Order of Quarry Collections

Quarry's Greatest Hits

Collins, Max Allan 2003

New York Times bestselling author An icon of noir anti-heroes, Max Allan Collins's taciturn hit man known only as Quarry made his mark in more than a dozen novels in the 1970s and '80s. Along the way he gained a popular following and appeared in a few short stories as well, mostly after his retirement from the contract killing game.

Here, collected for the first time, is every Quarry short story ever written, along with the novel Primary Target, the paid assassin's last novel-length appearance.

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