Mickey Spillane





Mickey Spillane

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born
in Brooklyn, New York City, The United States
March 09, 1918

died
July 17, 2006

gender
male

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About this author

Mickey Spillane, was one of the world's most popular mystery writers. His specialty was tight-fisted, sadistic revenge stories, often featuring his alcoholic gumshoe Mike Hammer and a cast of evildoers who launder money or spout the Communist Party line.

His writing style was characterized by short words, lightning transitions, gruff sex and violent endings. It was once tallied that he offed 58 people in six novels.

Starting with "I, the Jury," in 1947, Mr. Spillane sold hundreds of millions of books during his lifetime and garnered consistently scathing reviews. Even his father, a Brooklyn bartender, called them "crud."

Mr. Spillane was a struggling comic book publisher when he wrote "I, the Jury." He initially envisioned it as a comic book c...more


Average rating: 3.64 · 9,918 ratings · 859 reviews · 128 distinct works · Similar authors
I, the Jury
3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 1,529 ratings — published 1947 — 40 editions
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The Mike Hammer Collection:...
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 1,120 ratings — published 2001 — 7 editions
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Kiss Me, Deadly
3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 575 ratings — published 1952 — 21 editions
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My Gun Is Quick
3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 451 ratings — published 1950 — 25 editions
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Vengeance Is Mine
3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 413 ratings — published 1950 — 23 editions
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Dead Street (Hard Case Crim...
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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43 avg rating — 334 ratings — published 2007 — 10 editions
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The Big Kill
3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 308 ratings — published 1951 — 24 editions
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The Mike Hammer Collection,...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 287 ratings — published 2001 — 7 editions
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One Lonely Night
3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 283 ratings — published 1951 — 25 editions
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The Killing Man
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 200 ratings — published 1989 — 17 editions
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“The first chapter sells the book; the last chapter sells the next book.”
Mickey Spillane

“Nobody reads a book to get to the middle.”
Mickey Spillane

“I don't like people. I don't like any kind of people. When you get them together in a big lump they all get nasty and dirty and full of trouble. So I don't like people including you. That's what a misanthropist is.”
Mickey Spillane, The Big Kill

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