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Title:
Lady, go die!
Author:
Spillane, Mickey, 1918-2006.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
London : Titan Books, 2012.
Physical Description:
244 pages ; 25 cm.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780857684653
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Book

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Summary

Summary

When Hammer and Velda go on vacation to a Long Island beach town, Hammer becomes embroiled in the mystery of a missing well-known New York party girl who lives nearby. When the woman turns up naked - and dead - astride the statue of a horse in the town square, Hammer feels compelled to investigate.

Mickey Spillane's lost 1940s Mike Hammer novel, written between nbsp;I, the Jury nbsp;andnbsp; My Gun Is Quick and never before published! Completed by Spillane's friend and literary executor Max Allan Collins, Lady, Go Die nbsp;is finally making its way into print almost 70 years after its inception!


Author Notes

Mickey Spillane was born Frank Morrison Spillane in Brooklyn, New York on March 9, 1918. He briefly attended Fort Hays State College in Kansas, but dropped out, moved back to New York, and began his writing career in the mid-1930s. His first stories were published mostly in comic books and pulp magazines. He created Mike Danger, a private detective, and also wrote for Captain America, Captain Marvel, and The Human Torch. During World War II, he worked as a flying instructor for the U.S. Army Air Force.

His first novel, I, the Jury, featured Mike Hammer and was published in 1947. His other novels include Vengeance Is Mine; My Gun Is Quick; The Big Kill; Kiss Me, Deadly; The Long Wait; and The Deep. Between 1952 and 1961 Spillane stopped writing full-length novels after converting to a Jehovah's Witness. In 1962, he brought Hammer back with The Girl Hunters, which was followed by Day of the Guns, The Death Dealers, The Twisted Thing, and Body Lovers. He also wrote two children's books, The Day the Sea Rolled Back, which won a prize from the Junior Literary Guild, and The Ship That Never Was. In 1995, he received the Grand Master award from the Mystery Writers of America. In the mid-1990s, he returned to comic books, by co-creating a futuristic Mike Danger. He died following a long illness on July 17, 2006 at the age of 88.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Before he died, in 2006, we're told, Spillane bequeathed his papers to Collins, saying, He'll know what to do. Collins (Bye Bye, Baby, 2011) has been industriously finishing unpublished Spillane books ever since. One of these, The Goliath Bone (2008), was purportedly intended as the final entry in the Mike Hammer saga. Lady, Go Die! is set much earlier than that post-9/11 saga it's a sequel to I, the Jury (1947), Hammer's debut. Hammer and faithful secretary, Velda, head to Long Island for some R & R only to find a small town just as rotten as the Big Apple. Collins knows the pistol-packing PI inside and out, and Hammer's vigilante rage (and gruff way with the ladies) reads authentically. Considered as a sequel, however, there are marked tonal shifts: the language is ballsier than 1940s pulps, the violence more graphic, and a serial-killer angle feels transported by time machine. We don't know how much Collins had to work with, of course, but consider this more a collaboration than a continuation. Expect to see Hammer yet again.--Graff, Keir Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

A clever, fast-moving plot drives Collins's gritty fifth posthumous collaboration with MWA Grand Master Spillane (after 2011's The Consummata), which picks up about a year after the events of the debut Hammer novel, I, the Jury (1947). Late one night while on a weekend getaway in the Long Island town of Sidon, the cop-turned-PI and his bombshell secretary, Velda, spot three goons "kicking the hell out of [a] little guy" in an alley. Hammer recognizes one of the three as Dekkert, a crooked cop he once knew. Now with the Sidon police, Dekkert claims, right before Hammer decks him, that he's pursuing leads to a missing woman, Sharron Wesley, who's done time for the manslaughter of her husband. When Wesley's nude corpse turns up shortly afterward, posed on a horse statue, Hammer investigates. Once again, Collins displays his mastery of Spillane's distinctive two-fisted prose. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary Agency. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.