RARA-AVIS: Spillane

Fri, 17 Sep 1999 10:02:38 +500

Mickey Spillane certainly doesn't need me to defend him, but I'll say a couple of things anyway.

First of all, I probably read Spillane at just the right time: it was in the 1950s, and I was barely a teenager. I had no idea that one writer was any better than another; I just knew what I liked to read. Even then, however, I knew that Spillane was writing fantasy, but it was a fantasy I liked. A tough guy driving down a dark road picks up a woman wearing nothing but a raincoat? Hey, I couldn't read fast enough. I didn't take it seriously, even for a minute, but I really enjoyed it. Read my take on Spillane in 1001 MIDNIGHTS if you have a copy.

Bill Crider

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