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King of the Weeds (Mike Hammer Series)
     

King of the Weeds (Mike Hammer Series)

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by Mickey Spillane, Max Allan Collins
 

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"HE WAS THE KILLER AND I WAS THE TARGET.”

It should be a mellow time for America’s toughest PI. He and Velda are planning their nuptials, and Captain of Homicide Pat Chambers is nearing retirement. Then an assassin’s bullet almost brings Mike down on his office doorstep. Could the attempted hit have anything to do with the impending release of

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"HE WAS THE KILLER AND I WAS THE TARGET.”

It should be a mellow time for America’s toughest PI. He and Velda are planning their nuptials, and Captain of Homicide Pat Chambers is nearing retirement. Then an assassin’s bullet almost brings Mike down on his office doorstep. Could the attempted hit have anything to do with the impending release of a serial killer put away by Mike and Pat? There’s also the small matter of the $89 billion in Mafia money stashed in a cave, in a location known only to Hammer. With everyone from wiseguys to the US Government on his tail,  Mike must prove that he is just as sharp, and deadly, as ever.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/13/2014
What's billed as the penultimate Mike Hammer novel, a posthumous collaboration between Collins and Spillane (Complex 90), will leave even die-hard fans wondering whether the effort to complete the manuscript was worthwhile. Instead of the gritty violence and razor-sharp prose that made the series and its lead iconic from the outset, this outing offers plot contrivances and silliness—and whether they originated with Spillane or not is irrelevant. As the book opens in the late 1990s, Mike Hammer, who's in his mid-60s, is shot twice as he goes to his New York City office, but the hit man, conveniently and improbably, takes off before insuring the PI is dead. This is but a prelude to a storyline centering on a treasure trove of $89 billion (yes, billion) that Hammer has squirreled away, the reopening of an old serial killer case, and a string of odd cop deaths. Labored prose (e.g., "the sky did a tympani number and that wet gray blanket over the city finally let go") doesn't help. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary Agency. (May)
From the Publisher
"The plot feels very modern and I can see this being a movie.  A nice Bloody Mary and a Old-Fashioned up pairs well when reading “King of the Weeds.” - Retrenders

"Comes to an exciting conclusion and the final page of the story does not dissappoint. A  great ending to an intriguing tale that keeps the reader guessing." - Geek Hard

"For fans of the detective true crime genre, King of the Weeds will be right up your alley. Max Allan Collins does a superb job of channelling the voice that Spillane used in all of his Hammer novels." - City of Films 

"Tremendously engaging and impossible to put down." - Comic Book Resources

"pure hard boiled...books like this are why I started reading crime fiction"  - Crimespree Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780857689542
Publisher:
Titan
Publication date:
05/06/2014
Series:
Mike Hammer Series
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
234,043
File size:
2 MB

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. Spillane's novels sold tens of millions of copies - I, The Jury went through more than 60 paperback printings in 1947 alone. In 1995, he was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. Before his death at the age of 88 in 2006, Spillane chose long-time friend Max Allan Collins to complete his unfinished work and act as his literary executor. 

Max Allan Collins is the bestselling, award-winning author of Road to Perdition, the graphic novel that inspired the Oscar-winning movie starring Paul Newman and Tom Hanks, and of the acclaimed Nathan Heller series of historical hardboiled mysteries. Also a filmmaker himself, Collins' films include the documentary Mike Hammer's Mickey Spillane.

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King of the Weeds (Mike Hammer Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spillane and Collins play King of the Weeds like Yo Yo Ma plays the chello. Each sentince puts out testerone like a mobster puts bullets through a tommy gun. Macho reading for men who are glad to be men and for boys who want to be. No sissys invited to open the pages.
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