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Apparently. With his trend-setting Mike Hammer detective novels, Mickey Spillane shot to superstardom as one of the most notorious bestselling sensations in publishing history. This powerhouse collection includes three of the master's long-out-of-print greatest novels-together for the first time in one explosive volume:The Big Kill One Lonely Night Kiss Me, Deadly Includes a Apparently. With his trend-setting Mike Hammer detective novels, Mickey Spillane shot to superstardom as one of the most notorious bestselling sensations in publishing history. This powerhouse collection includes three of the master's long-out-of-print greatest novels-together for the first time in one explosive volume:The Big Kill One Lonely Night Kiss Me, Deadly Includes a special introduction by Shamus and Edgar Award-winner Lawrence Block


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Apparently. With his trend-setting Mike Hammer detective novels, Mickey Spillane shot to superstardom as one of the most notorious bestselling sensations in publishing history. This powerhouse collection includes three of the master's long-out-of-print greatest novels-together for the first time in one explosive volume:The Big Kill One Lonely Night Kiss Me, Deadly Includes a Apparently. With his trend-setting Mike Hammer detective novels, Mickey Spillane shot to superstardom as one of the most notorious bestselling sensations in publishing history. This powerhouse collection includes three of the master's long-out-of-print greatest novels-together for the first time in one explosive volume:The Big Kill One Lonely Night Kiss Me, Deadly Includes a special introduction by Shamus and Edgar Award-winner Lawrence Block

30 review for The Mike Hammer Collection, Volume II

  1. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    I just finished and reviewed the third book in this volume: "Kiss Me, Deadly." And I also watched the film of "Kiss Me Deadly" a week or so ago (as good as the book!). So I've read, now, these first six in order, plus a few later ones that I read first. They really should be read in order as there are recurring characters and a very good narrative, good character arcs. I don't know how long or how many of these Hammer stories continue with a narrative, but I'll find out. The third book of the fi I just finished and reviewed the third book in this volume: "Kiss Me, Deadly." And I also watched the film of "Kiss Me Deadly" a week or so ago (as good as the book!). So I've read, now, these first six in order, plus a few later ones that I read first. They really should be read in order as there are recurring characters and a very good narrative, good character arcs. I don't know how long or how many of these Hammer stories continue with a narrative, but I'll find out. The third book of the first volume, "Vengence Is Mine" ends with a big scene involving Hammer's dream lady, Juno. Now, here, the third book in the second volume, "Kiss Me, Deadly" ends in a similar big scene with Hammer's second-in-command/secretary Velma and another woman. But I've already read the next 2, books 7 and 8, and oh, the narrative continues...does it get better? I'll be reviewing further Hammer adventures. There is a very good reason these novels were massive bestsellers: they were good, they ARE good. Yes, it's like binge watching, say, CSI: each episode hits certain notes at certain times. But that's fine!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    Spillane was one of the masters of noir hardboiled fiction and this volume collecting three stories surrounding his tough-guy hero Mike Hammer showcases his excellence in this genre. Hammer is a hard drinking, brawling, womanizing hero that hearkens back to an older, PC-less time. Through all the rough and tumble action, the stories are layered, balanced, and keep you guessing until the end. Crime fiction at its best.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jacob McElroy

    Mickey Spillane, while perhaps not as revered in literary circles as Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler, provides what could be the greatest raw detective-adventure stories. Spillane's Hammer is more raw and brutal than either Hammett's Spade or Chandler's Marlowe; I think he's also more satisfying. I admire Spillane as a writer for his honesty, if nothing else. A humorous anecdote has it that while on a radio show with a couple of other writers, the writers and host were quite keen on talking Mickey Spillane, while perhaps not as revered in literary circles as Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler, provides what could be the greatest raw detective-adventure stories. Spillane's Hammer is more raw and brutal than either Hammett's Spade or Chandler's Marlowe; I think he's also more satisfying. I admire Spillane as a writer for his honesty, if nothing else. A humorous anecdote has it that while on a radio show with a couple of other writers, the writers and host were quite keen on talking about the motives one might have for becoming a writer. After the others gave artistic reasons, Spillane abruptly asked, "What about money?". The host nervously reminded Spillane that he had agreed to do the show without pay. Spillane stated that his main reason for having become an author was to pay his mortgage. Spillane provides more streamlined, more action-filled stories than many other famous detective novelists, and I have learned from his writing that there is nothing wrong with just banging out an enjoyable story for money.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I have now read The Mike Hammer Collection Volumes 1, 2, and 3. That's it. I'm done. No more. This guy is so annoying to me. Every woman he meets is drop dead gorgeous and within 2 minutes of meeting him falls madly in love with him. Yeah, right. He claims to be in love with his secretary Velda but she is the only woman he won't sleep with. Here are a few gems: "She settled me back in a big chair and disappeared in the kitchen where she made all the pleasant sounds of a woman in her element." "Hon I have now read The Mike Hammer Collection Volumes 1, 2, and 3. That's it. I'm done. No more. This guy is so annoying to me. Every woman he meets is drop dead gorgeous and within 2 minutes of meeting him falls madly in love with him. Yeah, right. He claims to be in love with his secretary Velda but she is the only woman he won't sleep with. Here are a few gems: "She settled me back in a big chair and disappeared in the kitchen where she made all the pleasant sounds of a woman in her element." "Honey...no dame can take care of herself, including you." "I hung up on her. It was the best thing you could do with a woman when you wanted her to move fast." And that is just a very small fraction of the things that bugged me! Realizing that Mike Hammer was originally intended as a comic-strip hero makes more sense. The good vs. evil storylines and the fact that Mike Hammer single-handedly gets the bad guys (stops communism and the Mafia) are pretty unbelievable.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ctk27

    Crime noir fiction at its best.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ron

    Mickey Spillane is, as always, right on top of his game.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Glen

    Worth it! This edition has a few typos, but re-reading class Mike Hammer is wiry the annoyances of a few typos. Yeah, the stories are dated, but that's part of their charm. Worth it! This edition has a few typos, but re-reading class Mike Hammer is wiry the annoyances of a few typos. Yeah, the stories are dated, but that's part of their charm.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie Mickens

    Oh, man, this is bad. If you want darkness, style and intrigue, watch the great film noir movies instead. Pulp fiction isn't just an ironic title for Tarantino, books like this are where the term came from. The writing was so clunky that I couldn't even skim it easily. The saving grace for me was the description of NYC in the pre-suburbs, just-after-the-war era. So, if you scan it as urban history, or cultural geography, you can pick up some interesting sidebits about city life at that time. Oth Oh, man, this is bad. If you want darkness, style and intrigue, watch the great film noir movies instead. Pulp fiction isn't just an ironic title for Tarantino, books like this are where the term came from. The writing was so clunky that I couldn't even skim it easily. The saving grace for me was the description of NYC in the pre-suburbs, just-after-the-war era. So, if you scan it as urban history, or cultural geography, you can pick up some interesting sidebits about city life at that time. Otherwise, the bad writing and machismo are too dumb even to be funny.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Green

    I really enjoyed this second collection. Mike Hammer is a strong character with a lot of personality. You have to consider the time these books were written, when deciding whether to buy or not. There are some currently politically incorrect ideas in them. But that's part of their beauty; they give you more than a glimpse into the period and make it real for you. What also fascinates me about the Mike Hammer collections are the abrupt endings. They fit the character so perfectly. Spillane did a I really enjoyed this second collection. Mike Hammer is a strong character with a lot of personality. You have to consider the time these books were written, when deciding whether to buy or not. There are some currently politically incorrect ideas in them. But that's part of their beauty; they give you more than a glimpse into the period and make it real for you. What also fascinates me about the Mike Hammer collections are the abrupt endings. They fit the character so perfectly. Spillane did a fantastic job.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Trixie Fontaine

    I didn't read everything in this book, but I love having these collections around just to dip into the atmosphere of them. They all suck at the end, and I think this collection is full of even more ridiculousness (a lot of Commie bullshit?) than the first one I read, but it's such an escape just to BEGIN each story. Finishing each story? Gets to be an obnoxious drag. I didn't read everything in this book, but I love having these collections around just to dip into the atmosphere of them. They all suck at the end, and I think this collection is full of even more ridiculousness (a lot of Commie bullshit?) than the first one I read, but it's such an escape just to BEGIN each story. Finishing each story? Gets to be an obnoxious drag.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    It eventually is very, very formulaic, but I suppose that is the nature of its genre. Enjoyable until you realize it's always rinse, wash and repeat. Also, once Hammer gets a girlfriend his philandering just makes him seem even more of a jerk. In addition, this printing skipped pages in the last novel during a key part in the plot, making it unreadable. At that point I just gave up; so long, Hammer. It eventually is very, very formulaic, but I suppose that is the nature of its genre. Enjoyable until you realize it's always rinse, wash and repeat. Also, once Hammer gets a girlfriend his philandering just makes him seem even more of a jerk. In addition, this printing skipped pages in the last novel during a key part in the plot, making it unreadable. At that point I just gave up; so long, Hammer.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Charles Wilson

    You won't find any great meaning or theme or even character development in Mickey Spillane; he just isn't that kind of a writer. This isn't literature by any stretch of the imagination. What it is is down-and-dirty, gritty, bare-knuckled, brutal, sexy, no-holds barred entertainment. I came to Mike Hammer because I felt obligated to read it but I thought I wouldn't like it. Imagine my surprise when I did. You won't find any great meaning or theme or even character development in Mickey Spillane; he just isn't that kind of a writer. This isn't literature by any stretch of the imagination. What it is is down-and-dirty, gritty, bare-knuckled, brutal, sexy, no-holds barred entertainment. I came to Mike Hammer because I felt obligated to read it but I thought I wouldn't like it. Imagine my surprise when I did.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Zepp

    Hmm. these seemed a little more mean spirited than those in Volume 1, some really nasty hate here. All we ask from Mickey is that they be Not bad- then they're great. This collection has a lot more bad than the first, and the anti-communist propaganda was embarassingly unreadable. (although this kind of propaganda made for some suavely subversive and touchingly pithy films in the 40s/50s). Hmm. these seemed a little more mean spirited than those in Volume 1, some really nasty hate here. All we ask from Mickey is that they be Not bad- then they're great. This collection has a lot more bad than the first, and the anti-communist propaganda was embarassingly unreadable. (although this kind of propaganda made for some suavely subversive and touchingly pithy films in the 40s/50s).

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    I gave up of the first story after 20pp. The Big Kill was better. Kiss Me Deadly was probably the best. The all just seem so full of cliches and he metaphor are laughable... so serious,self important and silly. Every woman he meets is gorgeous beyond belief and although Mike Hammer's face is often a bloody mess they all want to get him in bed. Disappointing. I gave up of the first story after 20pp. The Big Kill was better. Kiss Me Deadly was probably the best. The all just seem so full of cliches and he metaphor are laughable... so serious,self important and silly. Every woman he meets is gorgeous beyond belief and although Mike Hammer's face is often a bloody mess they all want to get him in bed. Disappointing.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    what can I say but brilliant .I read Spillane in my teens and I never forgot how good he was , so I thought I'd read them again , a bit dated but still a good read as long as you are not to PC or a feminist .If you fancy a good read try one of the omnibus collections I think you might be a convert . what can I say but brilliant .I read Spillane in my teens and I never forgot how good he was , so I thought I'd read them again , a bit dated but still a good read as long as you are not to PC or a feminist .If you fancy a good read try one of the omnibus collections I think you might be a convert .

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    The first story was so so, but the the second 2 - Kiss me Deadly and One Lonely Night were pretty great. I think at least 60 percent of the text is spent describing women's legs, mouths and walks, but I kind of like it that way. It's not trashy, just noir-y. Summer reading yo. The first story was so so, but the the second 2 - Kiss me Deadly and One Lonely Night were pretty great. I think at least 60 percent of the text is spent describing women's legs, mouths and walks, but I kind of like it that way. It's not trashy, just noir-y. Summer reading yo.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jacamo Peterson

    All of the books I have listed here on the read shelf,I have indeed read.All have by my estimation a five star rating. Books that I did not like are not listed.I have been reading for over 50 years.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Bender

    Once I started I was hooked,

  19. 4 out of 5

    Wan Peter

    A chain smoker PI.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Scot

    My favorite philosophy professor was a Micky Spillane fan. So, I decided to give Spillane a try. I'll stick to philosophy maybe. My favorite philosophy professor was a Micky Spillane fan. So, I decided to give Spillane a try. I'll stick to philosophy maybe.

  21. 4 out of 5

    B

    Mike Hammer is like James Bond meets Clive Owen's character in "Shoot 'Em Up." He's hard-boiled, sexual, pissed off, and corny. I recommend this book for a good laugh and a quick read, nothing more. Mike Hammer is like James Bond meets Clive Owen's character in "Shoot 'Em Up." He's hard-boiled, sexual, pissed off, and corny. I recommend this book for a good laugh and a quick read, nothing more.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Will

    Belt-whippin' communist ladies and shootin' guys in the face ought to be more fun. Redeemed only by the phrase, "I am the evil for good!" Belt-whippin' communist ladies and shootin' guys in the face ought to be more fun. Redeemed only by the phrase, "I am the evil for good!"

  23. 5 out of 5

    CoolBreeze1978

    This book is a duel between cheesiness and entertaining. Entertaining won out, but barely.

  24. 5 out of 5

    sarg

    Read these books back in the 1950s loved them great private eye in the bogart genre Sam spade etc

  25. 4 out of 5

    Steve

  26. 4 out of 5

    D.J.Bhaskar

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chris Turek

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carl

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kotalafiel

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