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Michael Mann has written a Heat 2 novel

Michael Mann’s 1995 Heat is a fantastic movie that starred Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Mann is returning to the characters with a new novel that is before and after the events of the movie.

“It’s been my intention for a long time to do the further stories of Heat,” Mann told Deadline. “There was always a rich history or back-story about the events in these people’s lives before 1995 in Heat and projection of where their lives would take them after.”

Mann wrote the crime novel with Edgar Award winner Meg Gardiner. This is Mann’s first novel as an author and the first novel from his imprint, Michael Mann Books.

The novel starts one day after the events of the film, with a wounded Chris Shiherlis (played by Val Kilmer in Heat) desperate to escape LA. The story moves to both the six years preceding the heist and the years immediately following it, featuring new characters and new worlds of high-end professional crime, with highly cinematic action sequences. The venues range from the streets of L.A. to the inner sanctums of rival Taiwanese crime syndicates in a South American free trade zone, to a massive drug cartel money-laundering operation just over the border in Mexico, and eventually to Southeast Asia. Heat 2 explores the dangerous workings of international criminal organizations with full-blooded portraits of its male and female inhabitants.

It features LAPD homicide detective Vincent Hanna (played by Al Pacino) in Chicago, including the remains of his earlier marriage, the effects of his Marine Corp service in Vietnam and conflicts within the Chicago PD where he discovers his life’s calling – the pursuit of armed and dangerous felons into the dark and wild places. In Chicago, that includes the hunt for a new and particularly vicious crew.

It will also cover details on the thieves Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) and Chris Shiherlis (Val Kilmer), whose character becomes central in the post-1995 world, as well as Charlene (Ashley Judd), Nate (Jon Voight), Trejo (Danny Trejo) and the wheelchair-bound Kelso (Tom Noonan) who provided the bank alarm schematics.

Harper Collins will publish the novel on 9th August 2022.

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