Murder Is My Business by Mickey Spillane

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A collection of seventeen all-new hard-boiled murder stories, by such authors as Andrew Greeley, Laurence Block, and Mickey Spillane, offers chilling tales of death delivered for cash. 15,000 first printing.

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Mickey Spillane was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 9, 1918. He briefly attended Fort Hays State College in Kansas, but dropped out, moved back to New York, and began his writing career in the mid-1930s. Spillane's first stories were published mostly in comic books and pulp magazines. He created Mike Danger, a private detective, and also wrote for Captain America, Captain Marvel, and The Human Torch. During WW II Spillane worked as a flying instructor for the U.S. Army Air Force. Achieving the rank of captain by the time, he left the service, and returned with his young wife in 1946 to New York. I, the Jury was written in only nine days, but it became such success that Spillane quickly produced six more Hammer novels, five of them published between 1950 and 1952. The Long Wait sold 3 million copies in a single week in 1952. On a list complied in 1967 of all the best-selling books published in America between 1895 and 1965, seven of the top twenty-nine were written by Spillane. Most of Spillane's short fiction was produced in the 1950s and published in Manhunt and such men's magazines as Cavalier and Male. Between 1953 and 1961 Spillane stopped writing full-length novels after converting to the Jehovah's Witnesses, and between 1973 and 1989 for sixteen years, when he advertised Miller Lite beer. In the early '50s, Spillane also became involved with a circus and did some trampoline work, as well as being shot out of a cannon. In 1962 Spillane brought Hammer back with The Girl Hunters, which was followed by four more titles. In 1995 the Mystery Writers of America presented Spillane the Grand Master award. In the mid-1990s, he returned to comic books, by co-creating a futuristic Mike Danger. Spillane has also written two books for children. The Day the Sea Rolled Back, which earned him a Junior Literary Guild Award. He died at the age of 88 on July 17, 2006 following a long illness. Max Allen Collins was born in 1948 in Muscatine, Iowa. He is a two-time winner of the Private Eye Writer's of America's Shamus Award for his Nathaniel Heller historical thrillers "True Detective" and "Stolen Away". Collins also wrote the Dick Tracy comic strip begining in 1977 and ending in the early 1990s. He has contributed to a number of other comics, including Batman. Collins created his first independent feature film, Mommy, following a nightmarish experience as screenwriter on the cable movie The Expert. Collins has been contracted by DC Comics to write three tie-ins to his critically acclaimed graphic novel "The Road to Perdition", which was adapted into the feature film. Author of other such move tie-in bestsellers as "In the Line of Fire" and "Air Force One", he is also the screenwriter/director of the cult favorite suspense films "Mommie" and "Mommie's Day".
Published December 1, 1994 by Dutton Adult. 292 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Myers Jr.'s ``The Matchstick and the Rubber Band,'' Stephen Mertz's ``The King of Horror,'' and Henry Slesar's ``The Operation.'' Ed Gorman's ``Surrogate'' fizzles into an anecdote no bigger than Edward Wellen's telegraphic three-pager ``A Nice Save,'' and Andrew Greeley (``The Bishop and the Hit...

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Gathered loosely in a guns-for-hire theme, the 17 stories here are generally good, mostly new and include a few surprises.

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Entertainment Weekly

In Murder Is My Business, seventeen tales, including one each by the collection's editors, skulk along the queasy, ulcerous underbelly of murder for hire, exploring the moral transaction that is a contract hit, as well as the myriad human flaws correctable only through another's death: professio...

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