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Complex 90

By: Mickey Spillane,Max Allan Collins
Narrated by: Stacy Keach
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Publisher's Summary

When private investigator Mike Hammer accompanies a conservative politician to Moscow on a fact-finding mission, he is arrested and imprisoned by the KGB on a bogus charge. He quickly escapes, creating an international incident by getting into a firefight with Russian agents.

On his stateside return, the government is none too happy with Hammer. Russia is insisting upon his extradition, and various government agencies are following him. A question dogs our hero: Why him? Why does Russia want him back, and why was he singled out to accompany the senator to Russia in the first place?

The legendary Mike Hammer continues to thrill readers everywhere, even after the passing of his brilliant creator, Mickey Spillane.

©2013 Mickey Spillane Publishing, LLC (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"[A] fast-paced thriller…and like all Mike Hammer tales, there’s plenty of two-fisted action along the journey." ( Pulp Fiction Reviews)
"Collins has Spillane down cold, from Hammer’s manic grin to his charged patter with the lovely Velda. And while there are hints the world is changing, Hammer hasn’t changed a bit. He’s still an unreconstructed, red-blooded American male who holds lily-livered bureaucrats in sneering contempt.… Entertaining." ( Booklist)

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Captivating Story

This is an awesome Mike Hammer story by the great Mickey Spillane and co-author Max Allan Collins, much of the story takes place in and about the Soviet Union. Hammer accompanies a U.S. Senator to Moscow, where soon after he is arrested by the KGB on a humbug charge. He escapes his captors with plenty of action and lead flying everywhere. He returns to the U.S. and some in the intelligence community are not very happy with Mike, and the KGB wants them to extradite him back to Russia, but he is having none of that...Okay that's enough, no more spoiling, but get the book, you will like it...Stacy Keach the great actor, narrates this book flawlessly.

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Excessive use of information

Too much gratuitous sex descriptions for Male readers only. One has to be a real fan of fiction to go wit6the story. Also excessive use o foul language.

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Super!

Another top notch Spillane \ Collins collaboration, perfectly read by Stacy Keach, this one part of the early chronology. Excellent!!!

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Great

Loved every second of this Cold War saga featuring the best of both authors and the great Stacy Keach!

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Mike the Hammer

This is my second Mikey Hammer, both by the dual authors, and I think I’m starting to get a feel for the character, tough as nails, gets the job done, would just as soon shoot to kill rather than arrest and likes the pretty ladies. Something like that.

I picked this book as I like the idea is the Soviet involvement rather than just crime in NYC.

This book went fast as it’s only 7 hours. But it was action packed from start to finish. My guess is all Mike Hammer books follow this mode.

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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I happen to subscribe to S.S Van Dine's Twenty Rules for Writing Detective Stories where, among other rules, the detective novel must be just that, no side issues of "dallying" with "atmospheric preoccupations," particularly politics. If you share this view, you can easily skip this one.

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Fine, but not the best in the series

Hammer taken on the Red menace with just his fists and his security. If you don't know Mike Hammer this is not the place to start. older, tired Hammer is just not as much fun as young, angry Hammer. However if you are already familiar with Mikes adventures this is a fun mix of espionage and revenge as Mike and Velda are plunged into cold war shenanigans worthy of James Bond. Personally my preference is for straight forward hard boiled detective fair with Hammer but I can't deny i had fun with this one.