Black Alley (Mike Hammer Series #13) [NOOK Book]


After a seven-year hiatus, Mickey Spillane is back with another chapter in the life of hard-boiled, private dick Mike Hammer. This time Hammer's trying to avenge the murder of a friend and bumping up against Azi Ponti, one of the last of the old-style mob bosses.
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Black Alley (Mike Hammer Series #13)

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After a seven-year hiatus, Mickey Spillane is back with another chapter in the life of hard-boiled, private dick Mike Hammer. This time Hammer's trying to avenge the murder of a friend and bumping up against Azi Ponti, one of the last of the old-style mob bosses.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mike Hammer is a hard guy to kill. Caught in a gangster shootout in New York City, Hammer takes two slugs in the gut. Triage teams leave the tough PI for dead, but a burned-out doctor, wasting away in dockside bars, reclaims his professional pride and brings Hammer back from the brink. Mending slowly, Hammer learns that his old war buddy, Marcos Dooley, has been shot. As he dies, Dooley gives a Hammer a clue regarding $89 billion in cash, crime proceeds hidden by old-guard mobsters fearing a power play by younger hoods. With his still-faithful partner, Velda, Hammer launches a treasure hunt that takes him to Florida and upstate New York, butting heads with the fedsthey want the money, tooand the remorseless son of an old mob don. Spillane's hard-boiled hero has softened with time; he finally tells Velda how he really feels about herbut, on doctor's orders, he refrains from consummation. "You're really trying to ruin your reputation, aren't you," Velda complains. Not likely. Spillane keeps the pulpy action coming, with hot lead, male bonding and a sex kitten. Mike Hammer looks like he'll make the next century, even if it means bran flakes and 2% milk for breakfast. Mystery Guild main selection. (Nov.)
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Mike Hammer certainly has his hands full this time out--what with the gunning down of an old army buddy, the machinations of a powerful Mafia family, and a missing cache of $89 billion that is being pursued by both the bad guys and a crew of overeager Feds.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101176566
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Series: Mike Hammer Series , #13
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 238,274
  • File size: 236 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2005

    The Hammer is back!!!

    Say what you will, I loved 'Black Alley'! I've read just about all of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer books and I really liked this edition! I have to admit that $89 billion is a little far fetched even in the world of Mike Hammer! But the rest of the book I think was top notch, I own the movie 'Song Bird' and frankly I'm a little embarrassed, it just didn't feel right and I don't think the girl was a 'Song Bird'! Back to 'Black Alley' It reminded me why I enjoyed the TV series so much!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2001

    Mike and Velda Become Closer in a Lousy Plot

    This story has so many flaws, it's not worth listing them all. If you like your hard-boiled characters turning sensitive and up-scale, you may like this book. But Mike Hammer it isn't! The name's the same, but almost all of the details have changed for the worse. Mike awakes from a coma to find he is recovering from a life-threatening wound. In a crazy and improbable tale, a surgeon turned drunk has picked him up and saved his life. The book's title refers to the temptation to take the black alley towards death. His recovery is cut short when an old army pal calls him back to his death bed, where Mike learns about a missing $89 billion that his friend has hidden. The search for the money is complicated by Mike's finally proposing to Velda, and her accepting. To me, the whole injury recovery, the missing $89 billion, and the way Mike lives are all very dissatisfying. What I loved about the book was the way that Mike keeps to his idealism when it comes to his love for Velda. No modern monkeyshines for him! That aspect of the book was the only one that rang true for me. If you love Mike Hammer, you may want to skip this book. You won't feel the same about the character or the series if you read this book. If you have never read Mike Hammer, this book may seem a little less bad to you. If you do decide to read the book, I suggest that you think about where you can uphold your standards in ways that will make your life and the lives of those around you better. Be yourself . . . in a helpful way! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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