Tag Archives: Mickey Spillane

REVIEW: “MURDER NEVER KNOCKS”

When you love a great series character, and the author dies, a little of you dies with him, because you know that your beloved character will visit you no more. Many millions of crime fiction fans felt that way when Mickey Spillane passed away in 2006 at the age of 88, because with his departure, […]

REVIEW: “KILL ME, DARLING”

Just before Mickey Spillane passed away in 2006 at the age of 88, he alerted his wife to the presence of unfinished manuscripts in his office. He told her to “Give them to Max. He’ll know what to do.” “Max” was Max Allan Collins, veteran crime fiction writer of scores of novels and several successful series. Collins […]

REVIEW: “COMPLEX 90”

COMPLEX 90 by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins (2013) Reviewed by Mike Dennis When Laura Knapp blew her brains out in the finale of Mickey Spillane’s The Girl Hunters (1962), everyone figured that was the end of the Commie ring that was threatening our treasured American way of life. Little did they know that uber-villain Comrade […]

REVIEW: “LADY, GO DIE!”

LADY, GO DIE! (2012) by Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane Review by Mike Dennis   “Take everything you find and give it to Max, he’ll know what to do.” Those were Mickey Spillane’s instructions to his wife one week before his death in 2006. He was referring to a number of partial manuscripts and […]

REVIEW: “KISS HER GOODBYE”

KISS HER GOODBYE by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins (2011) Review by Mike Dennis Mike Hammer is back. It’s the 1970s. He’s a lot older now, a little mellower, and far more world-weary, as he makes his way through Kiss Her Goodbye, by Mickey Spillane in a 2011 posthumous collaboration with Max Allan Collins […]

YES, IT ALL STARTED WITH THREE LITTLE WORDS

Over at The Kill Zone today, James Scott Bell blogged about his influences in his writing, and he reeled off an impressive list of authors and how each one affected him. While commenting on his piece, it occurred to me to think about that subject and who my influences were. As I wrote in Jim’s […]

REVIEW: “MY GUN IS QUICK”

MY GUN IS QUICK by Mickey Spillane Review by Mike Dennis “You have to be quick. And able. Or you’ll be dead.” That pretty much sums up Mike Hammer’s philosophy of life in New York City throughout all of his appearances in Mickey Spillane novels. But in My Gun Is Quick, Spillane’s searing 1950 tale […]

I’LL BE BACK AFTER THIS MESSAGE

Just a quick note to explain my recent absence. I’ve had a lot of stuff going on in my personal life recently, and it’s created a major distraction for me, resulting in a lapse in blogging. Please bear with me. Besides, Boardwalk Empire has finished its season, so there won’t be any more of those […]