Black Alley (Mike Hammer Series #13)

Black Alley (Mike Hammer Series #13)

by Mickey Spillane
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ISBN-13: 9780783819594
Publisher: Cengage Gale
Publication date: 11/01/1996
Series: Mike Hammer Series , #13
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 6.35(w) x 9.51(h) x 1.17(d)

About the Author

The master of hard-boiled crime novels, Frank Morrison "Mickey" Spillane (1918-2006) was the author of over forty novels. He first introduced his most famous character, the iconic private detective Mike Hammer, in I, the Jury in 1947. With over 225 million copies of his books sold internationally, some of Mickey Spillane’s most well-known novels include My Gun is Quick, Vengeance is Mine, and The Girl Hunters. A number of his books were made into movies, radio, and television series.

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Black Alley (Mike Hammer Series #13) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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