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The Mike Hammer Collection: Volume I

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  • Posted February 1, 2010

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    Mike Hammer Collection, Vol. 1

    Mickey Spillane didn't invent the hardboiled detective genre. That honor belongs Dashell Hammett (some will say Raymond Chandler, Marlow is many things, but hardboiled isn't one of them). Spillane has the unique (possibly more prestigious) honor of popularizing it to a level Hammett (and Chandler) couldn't dream of. His Mike Hammer character is everything we've come to expect from a private detective in the old black and whites. He's tough, amoral, philandering, hard-drinking, quick tempered and stubborn. The three stories in this first collection serve as a great introduction to a great character. Don't look for any clever dialogue, moments of deep personal reflection or morally complex characters. All you will find in these pages is a tough guys, guns and girls. That may sound like cheap throw away lit (and when it was first being published, it was) but it is also what gave us many of the motifs of the hardboiled genre. Virtually every "tough detective" story that has been written in the past thirty years has heavily borrowed from Spillane. If you enjoy a good old fashioned hardboiled detective story, then start with the king.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2012

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    I had never read any of the Mike Hammer stories. My only experie

    I had never read any of the Mike Hammer stories. My only experience was with the '80's TV show. These stories are just as fast paced, but grittier. They make for wonderful diversion from real life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2009

    mike hammer

    I always knew about mike hammer from tv and the movies but i never read the books until i picked up this tradeback. I loved these first 3 mike hammer books, even though they take place in the late 1940s, early 1950s, they are alot of fun to read. there will be a brand new mike hammer book coming out next year called the big bang.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2014

    will read spillane again but not hammer

    Not realistic detective novel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    Good for a 12-hour plane ride to Asia

    Two-dimensional comic book characters, lurid violence and sex, florid prose. Not in the league of Hammet, Chandler, or Ross McDonald.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

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    Splendid escapism

    I had never read any of the Mike Hammer stories. My only experience was with the '80's TV show. These stories are just as fast paced, but grittier. They make for wonderful diversion frpm real life. I had no complaints about the format.

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