The Killing Man (Mike Hammer Series #12)

The Killing Man (Mike Hammer Series #12)

by Mickey Spillane

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ISBN-13: 9781101174623
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/1990
Series: Mike Hammer Series , #12
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 328,541
File size: 470 KB

About the Author

Mickey Spillane is one of the world’s bestselling novelists, with sales of over 200 million copies worldwide of his more than 30 books, including the series featuring hard-boiled private eye Mike Hammer. In 1995 he was named a Grandmaster by the Mystery Writers of America. He passed away in 2006.

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The Killing Man (Mike Hammer Series #12) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
WillyMammoth on LibraryThing 8 months ago
For anyone who doesn¿t know, back in the 50s and 60s Spillane was a very successful author of noir-type crime fiction. He made his fortune by spinning tales of sex, murder, and vigilante justice. Of course, the critics didn¿t like him, but he sold millions of copies of his books, so I don¿t think he gave a damn about critical opinion. The Killing Man was published in 1989, touted as the ¿return of Mike Hammer,¿ the protagonist in the most successful of Spillane¿s novels. It seemed to be right up my alley (overlooking the dopey title), but after reading it I was left saying ¿Eh¿¿ It was an entertaining read, I guess, but the skill and artfulness wasn¿t what I expected to be. Plus, the plot wasn¿t very imaginative. Here¿s the gist of it: Mike goes to his office to meet a client and finds his secretary knocked unconscious and a dead man in his office. A note left on the desk states, ¿You die for killing me. ¿Penta.¿ The cops theorize that this Penta character was trying to kill Mike but got the wrong guy. As the story goes on, they learn that Penta is an international assassin (um... kay) who the FBI, CIA, and a bunch of other organizations are after. Mike doesn¿t cooperate with them in the investigation and instead strikes off on his own. He learns that Penta had a twin (ugh¿), whom Mike investigated and, as a result of that, was sentenced to die by lethal injection. Penta tries to kill Mike¿s secretary again, and Mike pays him back by blowing a couple extra hole in him. There¿s also some other archetypal characters, sex, and s¿more dead bodies lying around, but that¿s the long of the short of it. Maybe I was expecting too much from the story, but it left me kind of disappointed. It had some of the hard language I¿ve become accustomed to with Noir, but some of the dialogue and action was a bit too contrived for my tastes. That might sound like the pot calling the kettle black, but that¿s honestly the way I felt. It won¿t keep me from reading any more of his books, but I definitely don¿t think he¿s a ¿master of the genre.¿
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