'[Spillane] was a quintessential Cold War writer, an unconditional believer in good and evil' Washington Times
Before Jack Reacher . . . there was Mike Hammer
'The king of hard-boiled crime fiction' USA TODAY
Classic pulp crime fiction from an author who has sold over 200 million copies worldwide.
When Jack Williams is discovered shot dead, the investigating cop Pat Chambers calls his acquaintance, and Jack's closest friend, PI Mike Hammer. Back when they fought in the Marines together, Jack took a Japanese bayonet, losing his arm, to save Hammer. Hammer vows to identify the killer ahead of the police, and to exact fatal revenge. His starting point is the list of guests at a party at Jack's apartment the night he died: Jack's fiancee, a recovering dope addict, a beautiful psychiatrist, twin socialite sisters, a college student and a mobster.
But as he tracks them down, so too does the killer, and soon it's not only Jack who is dead . . .
And now Hammer is firmly in the killer's sights.
Remorseless . . . Spillane keeps the action coming - Publishers Weekly
Spillane is a master in compelling you always to turn the next page - New York Times
Spillane is still shooting the same tasty dish - New York Times Book Review
Mickey Spillane was born in 1918 Brooklyn and raised in New Jersey of an Irish father and Scottish mother. He started writing in high school. He concocted adventures for major 1940s comic book characters, including Captain Marvel, Superman and Batman. Many of his thrillers featured his signature detective Mike Hammer. By 1980 Spillane was responsible for seven of the top fifteen all-time bestselling fiction titles in America. He died in 2006.