One Lonely Night/The Big Kill/Kiss Me Deadly
Mickey Spillane. New American Library, $17 (517pp) ISBN 978-0-451-20425-7
Close on the heels of Volume 1 (Forecasts, May 14), The Mike Hammer Collection: Volume 2 collects another three Mickey Spillane novels: One Lonely Night, The Big Kill and Kiss Me, Deadly. Introduced by multiple Shamus- and Edgar-winner Lawrence Block, the collection features Spillane at his finest (i.e., most vulgar, wise-talking, cynical, noir; most B-movie-poetic, etc.). The first story begins, ""Nobody ever walked across the bridge, not on a night like this."" Except, of course, our friend Mr. Hammer; readers will feel compelled to follow.
Reviewed on: 09/03/2001