Books by Mickey Spillane

A LONG TIME DEAD by Mickey Spillane
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"But you didn't really need to read a word of this, since Spillane is by any measure the most review-proof name in the genre, and you'll have known perfectly well from the get-go whether or not you want to plunge into these not-quite-new adventures."
Though midcentury publishing phenom Spillane died 10 years ago, his notorious hero Mike Hammer lives again in these eight reprints of short stories completed by his latter-day collaborator Collins (Kill Me, Darling, 2015, etc.) and published, mostly in the Strand Magazine, over the past eight years. Read full book review >
KISS HER GOODBYE by Mickey Spillane
Released: May 25, 2011

"Working from an unfinished novel by the late Spillane, Collins provides the franchise's trademark winking salacity, self-congratulatory vigilantism and sadistic violence, topped off with a climax that combines the final scenes of two of Mike's most celebrated cases."
The violent death of his old cop mentor calls Mike Hammer back to New York and more of the same death-dealing intrigue he first made his specialty in I, the Jury 64 years ago. Read full book review >
THE GOLIATH BONE by Mickey Spillane
Released: Oct. 13, 2008

"Fans who aren't put off when Mike finally ties the knot with his preternaturally patient girl Friday, Velda Sterling, can relax. They're in good hands with Collins, who keeps up the vigilantism and the body count, tones down the violence and writes no worse than his master."
Spillane's posthumous novel, completed by his sometime collaborator Collins (co-editors: A Century of Noir, 2001, etc.), pits Mike Hammer against—who else?—Middle Eastern terrorists scrabbling for a priceless artifact. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 15, 2005

"Hardcore Spillane fans (are there any other kind?) will be thrilled. Others may hear a distinct scraping from the bottom of the barrel."
Still more rarities from the vaults of the blood-and-guts king of the 1950s: stories, comics, journalism, poetry. They even show Spillane's softer side. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"If Hammer's last case, Black Alley (1996), was an exercise in shamus nostalgia, this yarn regresses even further to the Boy's Own Adventure period, complete with the girl in the pink bikini the hero wouldn't dream of seducing."
What a difference a half-century makes. The legendary hard-boiled master's latest seafaring adventure, less Mike Hammer than Ernest Hemingway, packs all the wallop of a newborn kitten. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2001

"Readers looking for the true highlights of this all-American genre, though, will need to look elsewhere."
First bad news: This "century" of reprints goes back only to a smartly depressing 1933 vignette by Chester Himes. Read full book review >
BLACK ALLEY by Mickey Spillane
Released: Nov. 12, 1996

"Longtime fans (the only conceivable audience) will find Hammer's quaintly dated narration, compounded equally of sadism and sexual prudery, an archeological treasure worth far more than that measly $89 billion. (Mystery Guild selection)"
Mike Hammer's in bad shape, and no wonder—it's nearly 50 years since his historic debut in I, the Jury, and seven years since his last outing, The Killing Man. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 8, 1994

"A solid collection guaranteed to get your adrenalin flowing, though your brain may remain in neutral."
Collins's new series of hard-boiled anthologies begins snappily with this collection of 17 stories about professional killers. Read full book review >
ONE LONELY NIGHT by Mickey Spillane
Released: March 5, 1951

"Slambang-brazen — snarling — fleshy — this is the usual lush pulpery."
Mike Hammer, licensed investigator and a bit too lethal for police and society's rules, sticks it out to the end in a case too hot to handle because of its political and Communistic angles. Read full book review >