Re: RARA-AVIS: Mickey Spillane

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 09 Mar 2006

Doug Bassett wrote:

I'm a big fan.

***************** Me too. His writing style left much to be desired, but his portrayal of detective as mythic avenging angel is spectacular. Here's the intro to an essay I wrote on him:

Two years after the United States dropped the bomb on Hiroshima, Mickey Spillane introduced readers to the most controversial hardboiled character ever created. Mike Hammer's fiery fury wreaked havoc among the wicked, and the blast of his .45 evened the score in a cruel and malevolent world. His fans saw him as an avenging angel. His critics saw him as a bigoted Neanderthal. His fans found justice in his vigilante spirit. His critics saw right wing politics and Nazi tactics. His fans thrilled to the action. His critics saw the glorification of violence. With 26 novels to his credit, he has sold over 200 million books, and at one time rated seven out of ten of the all-time bestsellers in the United States.


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