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The Criminal Mind: Road to Perdition? Author Max Allan Collins Loves It, but Expected More blood.(Brief Article)

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The Criminal Mind: Road to Perdition? Author Max Allan Collins Loves It, but Expected More blood.(Brief Article)

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GROWING UP, MAX ALLAN Collins was passionate about being a cartoonist. But when he discovered Raymond Chandler, Mickey Spillane and James M. Cain, he wanted, naturally, to be a crime novelist. He found he had a talent for it, and published his first book, Bait Money, when he was just twenty-two years old. But he never lost his love for telling stories visually, so he was the perfect writing partner for Richard Piers Rayner, the artist behind Road to Perdition--the 300-page graphic novel and crime story that was adapted into this summer's Tom Hanks movie.

Set in Depression-era Chicago, Perdition revolves around an infamous hit man (Hanks) who also happens to be a devoted husband and father. When his wife and youngest son are murdered, he takes off with his older son on a quest for revenge.

Compressing and condensing material into a screenplay, Collins admits, is always a challenge, but he is happy with how things turned out. "[American Beauty Director] Sam Mendes was an inspired choice," he says, "and no one on the planet knows more about making movies than Richard Zanuck. …

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