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Mike Hammer has been away from New York too long. Recuperating in Florida after the mob shoot-out that nearly claimed his life, he learns that an old mentor on the New York police force has committed suicide. Hammer returns for the funeral—and because he knows that Inspector Doolan would never have killed himself. But Manhattan in the seventies no longer feels like home. Hammer’s longtime partner, Velda, disappeared after he broke it off for her own safety, and his office is shut down.

When a woman is murdered practically on the funeral’s doorstep, Hammer is drawn into the hunt for a cache of Nazi diamonds that makes the Maltese Falcon seem like a knickknack and for the mysterious woman who had been close to Doolan in his final days. But drug racketeers, who had it in for Doolan, attract Hammer’s attention as well. Soon he is hobnobbing with coke-snorting celebrities at the notorious disco, Club 52, and playing footsie with a sleek lady DA., a modern woman on the make for old-fashioned Hammer. Everything leads to a Mafia social club where Hammer and his .45 come calling, initiating the wildest showdown since Spillane’s classic One Lonely Night.

Crack another case with Mike Hammer.
©2011 Mickey Spillane Publishing, LLC (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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A Spillane Thriller

Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins deliver another fine Mike Hammer thriller, masterfully narrated by the brilliant Stacy Keach. Can't get enough of these books!

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First time author(s) for me. At the beginning of the book there is a short explanation. it states that shortly before he died Mickey Spillane told his wife that he wanted his friend, fellow author, and fan of his books, Max Allan Collins to finish the stories he'd been unable to finish. This book and several others are the result of that request.

I'd never read any of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer novels, at least I don't remember reading any, and having just read a couple LA crime novels, when I got this one I thought is was of the same LA genre. Turns out I was wrong, it is all about New York City, the underbelly of crime there with the mob at the forefront. Mike Hammer is the hardbroiled private investigator that works to solve many of these crimes. Hardbroiled is a term I read in several different places describing Hammer and after listening to the book I agree with the term.

In this book Hammer is living on the beach in Florida, enjoying life as much as he can, after being shot a year earlier in NYC working a crime and he dropped out to recover and recharge. One of his police contacts learns his whereabouts and contacts him to come home for the funeral of one of his good friends that has committed suicide. He goes back not believing his friend would off himself and immediately goes to work trying to prove it was a murder. Being a rookie myself in the Hammer series I'm guessing he works the situation as only Mike Hammer can.

I really enjoyed this book, the writing style, the characters, and Stacy Keach as a narrator was excellent. I want to further explore this series. I want to listen to some Spillane only written works and I believe I'd like to explore the works of the co-author Collins and check out his writing style.