'[Spillane] was a quintessential Cold War writer, an unconditional believer in good and evil' Washington Times
PI Mike Hammer is moving through the dark streets of New York City when he hears a child's terrible scream. When he finds the child, he also discovers the naked body of a beautiful woman who has been beaten to death with a whip.
So begins a complicated and baffling case, involving the deaths of other women and a newspaper reporter, who was tracking aspects of the case as well as following the lives of the city's prostitutes. Mike uncovers a sadistic ring of international figures, where women risk their lives for a fortune in an attempt to pull themselves out of despair.
Can Mike, with the help of his beloved Velda, break the ring that is crushing the lives of vulnerable women?
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.