Re: RARA-AVIS: Mike Hammer's strength and heroism

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 17 May 2004

<<I think we are supposed to feel that the ends justify Hammer's psychopathic means.>>

That would presuppose a very primitive reader. Since the stuff came out long before my time, I cannot say how readers in the fifties reacted. Some critics thought it was primitive and adolescent, though.

What I like about Spillane is his great ability to write action. In other words, I admire him technically though I find his stuff primitive and crassly commercial.



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