Fancy Anders Goes to War: Road to Perdition’s Max Allan Collins Reveals Next Novel

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Novelist and screenwriter Max Allan Collins has revealed his next project. The author of Road to Perdition (the basis for the 2002 film) will return with Fancy Anders Goes to War, a WWII-era mystery with a very famous murder victim at its center.

Fancy Anders Goes to War features the titular investigator struggling to solve the murder of propaganda icon Rosie the Riveter, a mission which takes on new urgency when President Franklin D. Roosevelt is targeted for assassination. This novella also features illustrations from James Bond artist Fay Dalton.

Here’s the official description for the new book:

Fall 1942. When her Hollywood private detective daddy is called back to uniform, Fancy Anders is issued orders of her own: answer the phone, make referrals, and keep the place dusted. But the 24-year-old Barnard grad—whose hobbies include shooting, flying and jujitsu—isn’t having any.

At Amalgamated Aircraft, a young female worker chosen to pose for patriotic photos and posters has met with a suspicious “accidental death.” Fancy takes the victim’s place on the swing shift, fitting in well with co-workers very much not from high society circles. With the occasional reluctant help of LAPD homicide cop Rick Hinder, Fancy takes a hammer to the head of a saboteur, sniffs out an enemy within, and sets out to prevent an assassination attempt on President Roosevelt, scheduled to tour the plant and greet the women who work long, hard hours for the war effort.

“In years of working with artists in both novels and comics, few rival Fay for her artistry and faithful attention to the text,” said Collins in a statement. Also, she could easily play Fancy Anders in a movie, as long as she can restrain her pesky British accent.”

Fancy Anders Goes to War will be released digitally on Tuesday, October 5. No print release has been confirmed yet. The book is the first of three collaborations between Collins and Dalton.

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In other news, IGN recently spoke with Devil’s reign writer Chip Zdarsky about why the Kingpin has become an Avengers-level threat. You can also check out our exclusive preview of Lugosi: The Rise and Fall of Hollywood’s Dracula.

Jesse is a mild-mannered staff writer for IGN. Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by following @jschedeen on Twitter.





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