Complex 90: Mickey Spillane’s lost thriller (exclusive excerpt)


7 Responses to “Complex 90: Mickey Spillane’s lost thriller (exclusive excerpt)”

  1. Ramone says:

    I used to love the TV show with Stacy Keach. It was my first introduction to the hardboiled detective trope as a kid.

  2. Brian January says:

    I love these old, pulp-type books. Good job, Max!

    Brian January

  3. Frank Diekman says:

    “Sorry, Willy,” I said with a shrug. “It was the best I could manage.” 


  4. Frank Diekman says:

    I recently heard this anecdote, not sure if it’s true but it should be.

    There was a time when 8 of the top 10 selling novels in America were Micky Spillane books. A reporter who obviously felt this represented a decline in America’s intellectual and moral character asked Spillane how he felt about that.

    Spillane replied, “Shut yer yap or I’ll write two more.”

  5. I’ve never read anything by Spillane.  Maybe this half way book would make a good start.

  6. Kerouac says:

    Collins is a treasure. His original works (including Road to Perdition), his Dick Tracy gig, and now this… All on top of being a key member of the best damned bar and county fair band in SE Iowa, Crusin’.  

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