Mike Hammer - Murder Never Knocksby Mickey Spillane, Max Allan Collins
A failed attempt on his life by a contract killer gets Mike Hammer riled up. But it also lands him an unlikely job: security detail for a Hollywood producer having a party to honor his beautiful fiancée, a rising Broadway star. But it’s no walk in the park, as Hammer finds violence following him and his beautiful P.I. partner Velda into the swankiest of crime scenes.
In the meantime, Hammer is trying to figure out who put the hitman on him. Is there a connection with the shooting of a newsstand operator who took a bullet meant for him? A shadowy figure looking for the kill of his life?
In the gripping opening of Collins's ninth posthumous collaboration with Spillane (after 2015's Kill Me, Darling), a gun-wielding hit man confronts PI Mike Hammer in his Manhattan office. Fortunately, the gunman makes the typical bad guy mistake of talking long enough to give his quarry a chance. Subsequent assailants are no more successful in their attempts to take out Mike, who's baffled by the motive for the contract on his life. With money a concern, Mike puts that puzzle aside when he accepts a job to safeguard jewels at a bridal shower. Some of the prose is heavy-handed ("A cold front was sticking its tongue out at New York, tasting the edges of it, and—not liking what it found—spitting it back in a short, chilly blast") and Park Avenue appears to be just across the street from Central Park, but fans of the originals won't mind. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary Agency. (Mar.)
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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.
Max Allan Collins is the author of Road to Perdition, the acclaimed graphic novel that inspired the movie, and of the multiple-award-winning Nathan Heller series of historical hardboiled mysteries. Max Allan Collins is one of most prolific and popular authors working in the field today. He is also the literary executor of Mickey Spillane.
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According to the co-author, who inherited several Mickey Spillane unfinished manuscripts, and has slowly been finishing them, he turned his attention to this one which he says was the most complete of all, including the author’s final chapter as he had written it. Simply, the novel describes various attempts on Mike Hammer’s life, and the reason for these attempts culminates in a final challenge by a successful assassin. The plot begins with an unlikely security job for Hammer and Velda, his girlfriend/secretary: Babysitting a bridal shower at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York for a beautiful Broadway star during which one of the attempts on his life occurs, with Velda gunning the intruder down. Then a friend, a newsstand operator, is shot while Mike is standing next to him. Was it another attempt on his life or was there some other reason? Mickey Spillane novels gained popularity decades ago, and Max Allan Collins was a great friend of his and a collaborator. As with previous novels, whether authored by Spillane or co-authored by him with Collins, Murder Never Knocks is fast-paced, full of violence, with some sex, written as only Spillane [or Spillane and Collins] could. It’s amazing the number of bullets that fly through these novels, Hammer never missing, the bad guys usually off target. Lots of fun, and recommended.