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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0151014485
ISBN-13: 9780151014484
Sku: 212423213
Publish Date: 5/1/2010
Pages:  247
In midtown Manhattan, Mike Hammer runs into drug dealers assaulting a young hospital messenger. He and his beautiful, deadly partner Velda take on the narcotics racket in New York just as the streets have dried up and rumors run rampant of a massive heroin shipment due any day.
The ultimate, old-school hardboiled private eye, Mike Hammer is back! With the kind of mind-melding that could have only begun in the 1960s, Max Allan Collins has completed a manuscript left behind by Mickey Spillane. Roaming the New York City streets, Hammer happens upon a bike messenger getting accosted. Never shy of a fight, Hammer aggressively jumps in. The assailants suffer serious injuries, and Hammer and his partner Velda finds themselves mixed up in a much more complicated--and much sexier and seedier-- scenario than this attack at first seemed.
Author Bio
Mickey Spillane
One of the best-selling authors of all time, Mickey Spillane was born Frank Morrison Spillane in 1918 in Brooklyn to an Irish bartender and his Scottish wife, and grew up in New Jersey. He could be considered the king of pulp fiction. Prolific, uncompromising, and unapologetic, Spillane was criticized by Ernest Hemingway and praised by Ayn Rand. But critical acclaim meant little to this author, who judged his success based on the heights his bank account reached. Despite this proclaimed indifference, Spillane was an important figure in American writing, particularly given the sustained interest readers have in hard-boiled, pulpy detective fiction. ||Before committing to a writing career, Spillane worked as a salesman and reportedly as a circus trampoline artist. His first book, I, THE JURY (1947), introduced his enduring tough-guy private detective, Mike Hammer. Originally imagined as a comic book character, Hammer is an angry ex-Marine and misogynist who carries a Colt .45 nicknamed Betsy and practices vigilante-style justice. Hammer became the star of the novels, a TV series, films, and commercials--in fact, Spillane himself played Hammer in the flick THE GIRL HUNTERS and in many a beer commercial.||Having lived for many years--and with several wives--on the South Carolina coast, Spillane died of cancer in 2006.

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0247
Product attributePublisher:   Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
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