Mickey Spillane

Mickey Spillane

Easton Press Mickey Spillane books

I, the Jury - signed modern classic - 2003
The Mike Hammer collection - 2004 - 6 volume set including the following books :
I, the Jury
My Gun is Quick
Vengeance is Mine
The Big Kill
One Lonely Night
Kiss Me, Deadly

Franklin Library Mickey Spillane books

The Killing Man - signed first edition - 1989
Black Alley - signed first edition - 1996

Author Mickey Spillane

Frank Morrison Spillane, better known as Mickey Spillane, was a towering figure in the world of pulp fiction and crime writing. Born on March 9, 1918, in Brooklyn, New York, Spillane's life would become synonymous with the gritty world of hard-boiled detective novels and iconic characters. From an early age, Spillane was drawn to storytelling and adventure. After serving as a fighter pilot during World War II, he returned to civilian life and embarked on a career as a writer. In 1947, he introduced the world to his most famous creation, the tough and uncompromising private investigator Mike Hammer, in the novel I, the Jury.

I, the Jury was an instant sensation, captivating readers with its hard-hitting prose, relentless action, and unapologetic portrayal of violence. Spillane's depiction of Hammer as a no-nonsense detective who dispensed his brand of justice with a .45 caliber revolver struck a chord with post-war audiences hungry for tales of moral ambiguity and tough-as-nails protagonists. Over the next several decades, Spillane continued to churn out a steady stream of bestsellers featuring Mike Hammer, cementing his reputation as one of the most popular and prolific writers of his time. His novels, including Vengeance is Mine (1950), One Lonely Night (1951), and Kiss Me, Deadly (1952), became synonymous with the hard-boiled crime genre, influencing generations of writers and filmmakers. In addition to his work as a novelist, Spillane also dabbled in other forms of media, including television and film. Several of his novels were adapted into successful movies, with actors such as Ralph Meeker and Stacy Keach bringing the character of Mike Hammer to life on the silver screen.

Despite his success, Spillane's writing was not without controversy. Critics often derided his work as sensationalistic and misogynistic, citing his portrayal of women as one-dimensional characters and his glorification of violence. However, Spillane remained unapologetic, defending his stories as escapist entertainment that reflected the realities of the world in which they were set. In later years, Spillane continued to write and publish novels, though at a slower pace than during his heyday. He also dabbled in other genres, including science fiction and horror, demonstrating his versatility as a writer.

Mickey Spillane passed away on July 17, 2006, leaving behind a legacy that endures to this day. His influence on the world of crime fiction and popular culture is undeniable, and his creation of the iconic character Mike Hammer ensures his place as one of the titans of twentieth-century literature.

I, the Jury

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