Mike Hammer - Murder, My Love

Mike Hammer - Murder, My Love

by Max Allan Collins, Mickey Spillane


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A brand new mystery in the iconic Mike Hammer series by Mickey Spillane, finally completed by Max Allan Collins, author of Road to Perdition.

Hammer is summoned to a meeting with Jamie Winters, United States Senator from New York, and Jamie's lovely, very smart wife, Nicole, considered by many to be the power behind the throne. Winters is being blackmailed, and Hammer is given a list of suspects who may be behind the threats to the Senator's contemplated White House bid.

But when the suspects begin to drop like flies, Hammer realizes there is more to this case than just a salacious tape. Dragged into the cutthroat world of politics, can Hammer solve the case before the Senator's secret comes out?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785655548
Publisher: Titan
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 391,669
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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 was chosen as a 2017 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. He is also the literary executor of Mickey Spillane.

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Mike Hammer - Murder, My Love 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Seamless Segue..... In Max Allan Collins, Mickey Spillane found both a Descendant and an Heir. A Descendant in that Spillane's style seems to merge completely, but not exclusively, with Collins' own literary DNA. Much of Mike Hammer can be found in Collins' character Nathan Heller. The two detectives share many attributes, but occupy separate, albeit adjoining, loops in the Collins tool belt. Collins became the Heir Apparent when Spillane bequeathed him all his unfinished work to realise and publish, knowing that no one else could do the deed. Collins inherited a raft of partial stories, novels, outlines and a screenplay that evolved into a series of Westerns. When reading the completed versions you cannot tell where Spillane leaves off and Collins begins. Collins received MURDER, MY LOVE as a bare bones outline, and apparently some of the bones needed a bit of resetting. After being fleshed out at the Collins typewriter [that's the way I envision these stories being written] the voice is that of Spillane. The segue is seamless. If you like Spillane, you will love the way Collins' Hammer hits home.
SvenSkupien More than 1 year ago
I've been a Mike Hammer fan since I was a teenager, like most Hammer fans. The fact that Mickey Spillane only released two Hammer novels since my initial discovery before he passed away was painful, and again such was the case for all Spillane fans. So I can honestly say I was ecstatic to discover Max Allan Collins had been passed the torch, despite having incredibly large shoes to fill. He had the chops to handle such a monumental task, and he used them. This book, however, stands out from the other collaborations because it's all Collins, yet it's not. It reads like Spillane. It feels like Spillane. It smells like Spillane. This is an impressive work and I can’t wait for the next installment.
jromano296 More than 1 year ago
Hammer is Back! Can't say this enough-this is the best Spillane/Collins collaboration yet! I really liked this book because Hammer starts out with a real case and a real client--something that is usually missing in his stories--and that's why I enjoyed it so much. Of course, Hammer is as tough and wise-cracking as ever (loved Velda, too)--and that's what always makes him fun to read. The story was great and kept me turning the pages, loved the ending. The only downside to this book: it was too short--I never wanted it to end! Great job, Max--can't wait for the next one!
AndyLind More than 1 year ago
It may be short, but it's still Mike Hammer. In what might be considered the second shortest of The Mike Hammer novels (“Killing Town” being the first), Max Allan Collins gives us a classic Mike Hammer story where America's most famous private-eye has been hired by Senator Jamie Winters to find out who exactly is blackmailing the Congressman. As Hammer gets closer to closing the case, the bodies start piling up. The Mike Hammer in this book is old, but he's still got it and everything that makes a Mike Hammer novel is in this book: Velda, the old .45, and yes, even good old New York, New York.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The blurb splashed across the cover of John D. MacDonald's 1952 paperback original, The Damned reads: "I Wish I Had Written This Book" --Mickey Spillane. If the late, great Spillane were alive today, he might say of Murder, My Love: “I couldn’t have done better myself.” Unlike previous Mickey Spillane / Max Allan Collins collaborations, every word of Murder, My Love was written by Collins. Ironically, that’s all the more reason to read this book. Collins nails the Mike Hammer character, his dress, dialogue, attitude, and demeanor. He’s also adept portraying the familiar supporting cast, Velda and Captain Chambers. The action takes place in, where else, New York City. It’s Hammer’s hometown. The iconic private detective investigates a bribery case involving a U.S. Senator. There is no shortage of women and violence, the perfect ingredients for a Mike Hammer story. The ending? I won’t spoil it. It’s vintage Mike Hammer. Murder, My Love has whet my appetite for the next Spillane / Collins book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Murder, My Love is a truly authentic Mike Hammer Mystery! Max Allan Collins informs us in his co-author's notes that this Hammer is different from the previous collaborations. Most were written from manuscripts left unfinished by Mickey Spillane, this is written from a synopsis for a T.V. script he hoped to complete. Even as seamless as the Hammer novels have been from this collaboration, not being able to tell where Spillane left off and Collins begins, I was anxious to see what Hammer would be like as told by Max Allan Collins. After the first chapter my wondering ceased. This was truly the Hammer we've all come to know and love! It begins with Hammer and Velda, his partner and secretary at Michael Hammer Investigations, taking a case from Senator Jamie Winters who is planning a Presidential run. It seems the good Senator is being blackmailed. The fact that Hammer is on a real case is rare, as most of his tales are about vengeance for the death of a close friend or acquaintance. Although the events unfold in the late '80's to early '90's, (no actual date is given), it has a surreal '50's noir feel throughout. It is a classic Mike Hammer mystery with blackmail, murder and intrigue. A must read for all Hammer aficionado's!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mike Hammer is back, and people are going to die. In “Murder, My Love,” Edgar Grand Master Award-winning novelist Max Allan Collins has returned with his latest contribution to the Mike Hammer series. Upon his death, Mickey Spillane had left Collins a treasure trove of unfinished manuscripts of various length, and the latter has spent the subsequent years producing books worthy of the great man’s name. This time, Spillane’s specially chosen literary executor worked only from a synopsis that might have been a treatment for the Mike Hammer television series starring Stacey Keach. Thus, while the idea for the story belongs to Spillane, Collins is entirely responsible for the plot. By this time, Hammer is somewhere on either of side of sixty, and he readily acknowledges that age has slowed him. Time and experience have seasoned him, and he is no longer the brash, hot-blooded, and slightly psychotic man of his youth. However, he retains his capacity for copious amounts of violence, and remains a thoroughly dangerous killer. Despite the fact he is operating in the early Nineties, the iconoclastic private eye retains his fedora, trench coat, and, of course, his trusty 1911A1 .45 pistol. As the story opens, Hammer is hired by a U.S. Senator to deal with a blackmailer. Aided by Velda Sterling, his long-time fiancée, secretary, and partner, Hammer investigates the case, which involves an unconventional marriage, the senator’s dalliances with a variety of women, greed, politics, and murder. One who remembers the political scene of the late Eighties and early Nineties may realize certain characters are representations of national figures. In “Murder, My Love,” Collins ably recreates Spillane’s distinctive “voice” and delivers the customary Mike Hammer mix of sex and violence. The story is fast-paced, and the dialogue razor-sharp. The ending is typical Spillane. Mickey would be proud.