Re:Fw: RARA-AVIS: Re: Mickey Spillane

From: Dick Lochte (
Date: 30 Oct 2007

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly (American Gangster cover) has a short, positive ("A-") review of what is presumably Spillane's last novel, Dead Street, an original paperback. Introduces a tough former cop turned private eye. The review notes that Max Allan Collins wrote the final chapters, using "Spillane's copious notes."

Those of you who've been criticizing Spillane's earlier works might be amused by the last Mike Hammer, Black Alley. Published in 1996. In it you'll find an aging, vulnerable Hammer (recovering from near-fatal wounds), still tough, but pausing to have dinner at Le Cirque ("real New York eating at its best"), discussing the pleasure of hearing Wagner performed at the old Metropolitan Opera House and, finally, deciding to make an honest woman of Velda.

Dick Lochte

This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : 30 Oct 2007 EDT