Mike Hammer: Kill Me, Darling

Mike Hammer: Kill Me, Darling

by Mickey Spillane, Max Allan Collins

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ISBN-13: 9781783291410
Publisher: Titan
Publication date: 03/24/2015
Series: Mike Hammer
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 177,441
File size: 2 MB

About 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.

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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Mike Hammer - Kill Me, Darling 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Inheriting a mass of unfinished Mickey Spillane manuscripts, Max Collins has undertaken to somehow finish them, completing the work the author left unfinished at his death in 2006. This novel, set in Miami during 1954, begins with Mike Hammer reeling from a four-month-long bender, the result of his secretary/girlfriend having left him with a note effectively saying “so long.” A shadow of himself, Mike stops drinking (and smoking), if you can believe it, and drives to Florida to win Velda back. Instead, he discovers she is hooked up with a notorious gangster. The question, of course, is: Is she acting undercover to expose the person she’s playing footsies with, or has she literally become another person. Meanwhile, Mike is sought out by five mafia bosses to kill the man she is living with. Remember, this is Miami in the 1950’s, pre-Castro. So there is an element of drug trafficking from Cuba to enliven the plot. Somehow, some of the elements of a Mike Hammer novel are present in this volume. But on the whole, it just doesn’t read like Mickey Spillane. And that is unexpected, because Max Collins has demonstrated an uncanny ability to mimic that original and unique style. He just, somehow, misses here. It still is a good read, however, and is recommended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago