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Title:
Murder never knocks
Author:
Spillane, Mickey, 1918-2006, author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
London : Titan Books, 2016.
Physical Description:
255 pages ; 25 cm.
Summary:
After thwarting several assassination attempts and stopping the kidnapping of a socialite, Mike Hammer tries to figure out who wants him dead and why.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781783291342
Format :
Book

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Summary

A failed attempt on his life by a contract killer gets Mike Hammer riled up. But it also lands him an unlikely job: security detail for a Hollywood producer having a party to honor his beautiful fiancée, a rising Broadway star. But it's no walk in the park, as Hammer finds violence following him and his beautiful P.I. partner Velda into the swankiest of crime scenes.

In the meantime, Hammer is trying to figure out who put the hitman on him. Is there a connection with the death of a newsstand operator who took a bullet meant for him? A shadowy figure looking for the kill of his life?


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

When Spillane died in 2006, he left behind a number of unfinished manuscripts, screenplays, chapters, and outlines for stories featuring Mike Hammer, the popular detective, as well as a few Caleb York westerns. Fan, friend, and collaborator Collins (Road to Perdition) was given the task of completing them and has already published a dozen novels, with more on the way. In Collins' capable hands, Hammer is still Spillane's archetypal private dick as hard-boiled as they come, more than a bit sadistic, vengeful, his gun as quick as ever (safety off, one in the chamber). And the supporting cast is still intact: sexy Velda the voluptuous, luscious brunette, both secretary and lover along with Captain Pat Chambers of NYPD Homicide. Set in 1967 (around the time of The Body Lovers), Murder Never Knocks begins with an attempted hit on Hammer. After a few more failed tries, Hammer learns that a specialist is behind the hit, a master assassin who is toying with Hammer to determine if he is worthy of the effort to kill him (he is). What follows is suspenseful, entertaining, and more than a bit ridiculous. But who cares? Certainly not Spillane fans. This novel supplies the goods: hard-boiled ambience, cynicism, witty banter, and plenty of tough-guy action.--Segedin, Ben Copyright 2016 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In the gripping opening of Collins's ninth posthumous collaboration with Spillane (after 2015's Kill Me, Darling), a gun-wielding hit man confronts PI Mike Hammer in his Manhattan office. Fortunately, the gunman makes the typical bad guy mistake of talking long enough to give his quarry a chance. Subsequent assailants are no more successful in their attempts to take out Mike, who's baffled by the motive for the contract on his life. With money a concern, Mike puts that puzzle aside when he accepts a job to safeguard jewels at a bridal shower. Some of the prose is heavy-handed ("A cold front was sticking its tongue out at New York, tasting the edges of it, and-not liking what it found-spitting it back in a short, chilly blast") and Park Avenue appears to be just across the street from Central Park, but fans of the originals won't mind. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary Agency. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.