Before Jack Reacher ...there was Mike Hammer One rainy night, Hammer sits brooding, alone, in a bar. But when he sees a desperate guy abandon his kid only to step outside and get blown away, Hammer's mood switches from bad to worse. By the time he reaches the man with the gun, the getaway driver has run him over to stop him talking. Hammer vows revenge on whoever's behind the crime. The trail of vengeance pits Hammer against his police friend Pat Chambers, the DA and his stooges and lands him in a world of trouble from gangsters, where he gives as good as he gets ...And leads back to Marsha, a beautiful former Hollywood actress, who has more to offer Hammer than meets the eye.
Born Frank Morrison Spillane in Brooklyn, New York City, Mickey Spillane started writing while at high school. During the Second World War, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and became a fighter pilot and instructor. After the war, he moved to South Carolina. He was married three times, the third time to Jane Rogers Johnson, and had four children and two stepchildren. He wrote his first novel, I, the Jury (1947), in order to raise the money to buy a house for himself and his first wife, Mary Ann Pearce. The novel sold six and a half million copies in the United States, and introduced Spillane's most famous character, the hardboiled PI Mike Hammer. The many novels that followed became instant bestsellers, until in 1980 the US all-time fiction bestseller list of fifteen titles boasted seven by Mickey Spillane. More than 225 million copies of his books have sold internationally. He was uniformly disliked by critics, owing to the high content of sex and violence in his books. However, he was later praised by American mystery writers Max Alan Collins and William L. DeAndrea, as well as artist Markus Lupertz. The novelist Ayn Rand, a friend of Spillane's, appreciated the black-and-white morality of his books. Spillane was an active Jehovah's Witness. He died in 2006.
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