Mike Hammer is on the mend after taking two slugs in a shootout. He’s called back into the city to sit by the deathbed of an old war buddy, laid low by a mysterious gunman. With his last breath, Hammer’s friend whispers to him the secret that killed him—a secret that leads right to $89 billion of stolen Mafia money. Still recovering from his brush with death, Hammer is faced with a choice—to keep clean, or to risk his life, and the life of the woman he loves, in pursuit of the biggest payday he’s ever seen.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Series:||Mike Hammer Series , #13|
|Sold by:||Penguin Group|
|File size:||241 KB|
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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!
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