Dead Street

Dead Street

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by Mickey Spillane
     
 

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THE FINAL CRIME NOVEL FROM THE KING OF PULP FICTION!

For 20 years, former NYPD cop Jack Stang has lived with the memory of his girlfriend’s death in an attempted abduction. But what if she didn’t actually die? What if she somehow secretly survived, but lost her sight, her memory, and everything else she had… except her enemies?

Now

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THE FINAL CRIME NOVEL FROM THE KING OF PULP FICTION!

For 20 years, former NYPD cop Jack Stang has lived with the memory of his girlfriend’s death in an attempted abduction. But what if she didn’t actually die? What if she somehow secretly survived, but lost her sight, her memory, and everything else she had… except her enemies?

Now Jack has a second chance to save the only woman he ever loved – or to lose her for good.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

One of a handful of novels he was working on at the time of his death, this fine, perhaps final, work from hard-boiled fiction icon Spillane (1918-2006) was prepared for publication by Hard Case vet Max Allan Collins. In it, NYPD detective Jack Stang receives word that his old fiancée, Bettie, who supposedly died in a kidnapping-gone-wrong 20 years earlier, is still alive and residing in a small Florida coastal community. The good news is countered by the fact that, in the car crash that was supposed to have killed her, she lost her eyesight and all her memories. Even worse, the men who had her kidnapped in the first place have perfectly good memories and are still looking for her-and willing to kill for the information locked in her damaged brain. This is a more sentimental Spillane than readers might expect, but the women are still "dolls," the bad guys are still louses, and the hero still packs a helluva punch (along with his trusty .45, natch). Spillane always said he wrote for his fans, not for the critics, but both should be pleased with this late addition to the writer's canon. (Nov.)

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Library Journal

Nothing boosts some writers' productivity so much as their deaths. Best-selling author (I, the Jury; Kiss Me Deadly) and star of a famous series of Miller Lite commercials, Spillane died in July 2006, but no fewer than four new books he was working on at that time are scheduled to appear. This paperback standalone crime novel with a suitably lurid cover deals with Jack Stang, a retired New York detective, who discovers that Bettie, his beloved fiancée of 20 years ago, didn't really die then but had lost her memory, gone blind, and is currently living in a Florida retirement community. Trying to help the still-ravishing Bettie regain her memory leads Stang into unraveling a skein of dirty tricks long thought dead and buried that involves everything from nuclear fission to computer conglomerates and terrorists. Reading this is a bit like attending a meeting of the Policemen's Benevolent Association-full of piss and vinegar, but those old guys (even with one foot, or possibly both, in the grave) can still tell a good story. The many Spillane fans out there have a lot to look forward to. For all larger public libraries.
—Bob Lunn

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780857686442
Publisher:
Titan
Publication date:
04/20/2011
Series:
Hard Case Crime
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
192,834
File size:
455 KB

Meet the Author

Mickey Spillane is the legendary crime writer credited with igniting the explosion of paperback publishing after World War II as a result of the unprecedented success of his Mike Hammer novels - feeding the public's appetite for sexy, violent, straight-talking crime stories. He also starred as Mike Hammer in The Girl Hunters. Mickey Spillane died at the age of 88 in 2006.

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Dead Street 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am anxious to read since I am Jack Stang's daughter and a long time friend of Mickey Spilllane's.. and was in contact with him up to his death. My dad was the 'real and original Mike Hammer'.