As a long time fan of Mickey Spillane's Hard boiled detective Mike Hammer, it was more than twenty five years ago since I read one of his detective novels. I did not realize how much I had missed the gritty writing style of Mickey Spillane until I began this lost Mike Hammer sixties novel. I felt like I had come home again to the great detective stories I had grown up with as a young man.
This novel had all the ingredients we Mike Hammer fans have grown to love from the late Mickey Spillane's books. I have always enjoyed his gritty no punches pulled writing style. His intimate relationship with his long time secretary Velda brought back memories of reading his previous crime adventures. I am happy to be back reading the novels I missed over the years by Mickey Spillane.
This book begins with Mike Hammer saving a kid from being mugged by some thugs and ends up in a complicated and twisted story involving doctors, dopers, mob guys and sexy women. The story has fights, shoot outs, and just a little erotic spice to keep you turning the pages. I loved this story so much that I also bought other Mike Hammer detective novels, where his co-author and good friend, Max Allan Collins, has worked on some of Spillane's unfinished novels.
In conclusion, if you are a Mickey Spillane fan and enjoy his Mike Hammer character, you will love this book.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Season of the Warrior: A poetic tribute to warriors)