Mike Hammer by Mickey Spillane
Lady, Go Die!

86%

18 Critic Reviews

Once again, Collins displays his mastery of Spillane’s distinctive two-fisted prose.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

When Hammer and Velda go on vacation to a Long Island beach town, Hammer becomes embroiled in the mystery of a missing well-known New York party girl who lives nearby. When the woman turns up naked - and dead - astride the statue of a horse in the town square, Hammer feels compelled to investigate.

Mickey Spillane's lost 1940s Mike Hammer novel, written between I, the Jury and My Gun Is Quickand never before published! Completed by Spillane's friend and literary executor Max Allan Collins,Lady, Go Die is finally making its way into print almost 70 years after its inception!
 

About Mickey Spillane

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MICKEY SPILLANE (1918-2006) sold hundreds of millions of books. He introduced iconic detective Mike Hammer to readers in 1947 with I, the Jury, and was named a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master in 1995. Max Allan Collins is the author of the Shamus Award-winning Nathan Heller historical thrillers. His other books include the New York Times bestseller Saving Private Ryan and the USA Today bestselling CSI series. His comics writing ranges from the graphic novel Road to Perdition, source of the Tom Hanks film, to long runs as scripter of the Dick Tracy comic strip and his own innovative Ms. Tree. Collins is also a screenwriter and a leading indie filmmaker in his native Iowa, where he lives with his wife, writer Barbara Collins, and their son, Nathan.
 
Published May 8, 2012 by Titan Books. 235 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Mike Hammer
All: 18 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 2

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 26 2012

Once again, Collins displays his mastery of Spillane’s distinctive two-fisted prose.

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Blog Critics

Below average
Reviewed by Bill Sherman on May 24 2012

...some fans of the thuggish p.i. may find some of his narration softer than usual. At times, when describing his va-va-voom secretary, in particular, ol’ Mike comes across a bit moony.

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Seattle PI

Excellent
Reviewed by Jack Goodstein on Jun 07 2012

Collins has mastered Spillane's voice. His contributions fit so seamlessly with what Spillane has written...Lady, Go Die! is a tale worth telling.

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Chamber Four

Excellent
Reviewed by Sean Clark on May 08 2012

This book walks the genre line faithfully, so don’t expect anything groundbreaking or revelatory, but if you want a quick-to-read mystery full of fistfights and cheesy wisecracks, this certainly delivers.

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Jeremy Lynch

Excellent
Reviewed by Dan Malmon on Jun 26 2012

All sorts of things that would make a politically correct person cringe. But it’s a fun read that rings true to the way the character was originally written by Spillane.

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Book Geeks

Excellent
Reviewed by Mike Stafford on May 20 2012

Here, Hammer is as he ever was, an uncompromising crusader for a bloodthirsty but attractively simple morality.

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Vivid Scribe

Excellent
Reviewed by Kate Krake on Jun 22 2012

Every detail of every scene springs to life through masterful description. Each chapter ends at precisely the right point to get that next page turned and will have many a reader staying up late just to see what happens next.

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OneMetal

Below average
Reviewed by Oliver Longden on May 29 2012

Mike Hammer is a creature of the past; he’s sexist, racist and homophobic and he can be a vicious bully...I found it lot harder to take knowing that someone had sat down in 2012 and deliberately aped those same social attitudes.

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Greenwich Library

Excellent
Reviewed by Ed on May 24 2012

Fun from start to finish, Lady, Go Die! pulsates with an energenic pace that never lets up.

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Geek Life

Excellent
Reviewed by Cape Rust on May 24 2012

If you are a Mike Hammer fan, you will be hard pressed to prove that this book wasn’t written by Mickey himself. If you have never read a Mike Hammer novel, this is a great gateway drug: quite addictive and it will have you looking for your next fix.

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Comic Attack

Excellent
Reviewed by Andrew Hudson on May 17 2012

...Spillane and Collins are a creative match made in heaven, and Spillane made a very wise decision of entrusting Collins with his unpublished manuscripts....you’re in for a treat here.

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City of Films

Excellent
Reviewed by Ryan on Apr 28 2012

Mike Hammer: Lady, Go Die will keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing right until the very end.

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Blind Scribblings

Excellent
Reviewed by T.J. Brumfield on May 03 2012

The combined voice of Spillane and Collins makes for a great storyteller. They strike a good balance of being easy to read, while providing enough detail to paint a vivid picture.

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Pulp Fiction Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Ron Fortier on Mar 21 2012

...another terrific Mike Hammer caper that moves non-stop like a flying cheetah across the reader’s field of imagination and comes to a pouncing kill in a truly classic Spillane finale.  A big tip of the pulp fedora to this one, gents.

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The Fandom Post

Good
Reviewed by Josh Begley on Jul 19 2012

...very macho attitudes towards women...If you can look past that then you’ll find a fun, fast-paced tale of murder, gambling, and deceit. Which, really, is exactly what you should look for from a book like this.

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8 Days A Geek

Good
Reviewed by Jesse on Jul 11 2012

The character of Mike Hammer never gets old and always seems to please.

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Mike Dennis

Good
Reviewed by Mike Dennis on Jun 19 2012

Writing in the voice of another author is a difficult task, especially when the voice is as aggressive as Spillane’s, but Collins is up to the job.

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Books and Writers

Good
Reviewed by Keith Walters on May 23 2012

It’s impossible to see the joins in the book, Max Allan Collins picks up the Spillane flow so well and the novel powers along, propelled by some great action pieces and the unmistakable Hammer-style of justice being served at every available opportunity.

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