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The Mike Hammer Collection, Volume II (Mike Hammer #4-6)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  443 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Apparently. With his trend-setting Mike Hammer detective novels, Mickey Spillane shot to superstardom as one of the most notorious bestselling sensations in publishing history. This powerhouse collection includes three of the master's long-out-of-print greatest novels-together for the first time in one explosive volume:The Big Kill
One Lonely Night
Kiss Me, Deadly

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Paperback, 528 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by NAL (first published 1953)
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Sep 26, 2007 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Spillane was one of the masters of noir hardboiled fiction and this volume collecting three stories surrounding his tough-guy hero Mike Hammer showcases his excellence in this genre. Hammer is a hard drinking, brawling, womanizing hero that hearkens back to an older, PC-less time. Through all the rough and tumble action, the stories are layered, balanced, and keep you guessing until the end. Crime fiction at its best.
Jacob McElroy
Aug 31, 2010 Jacob McElroy rated it really liked it
Mickey Spillane, while perhaps not as revered in literary circles as Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler, provides what could be the greatest raw detective-adventure stories. Spillane's Hammer is more raw and brutal than either Hammett's Spade or Chandler's Marlowe; I think he's also more satisfying.
I admire Spillane as a writer for his honesty, if nothing else. A humorous anecdote has it that while on a radio show with a couple of other writers, the writers and host were quite keen on talking
Apr 13, 2015 Liz rated it did not like it
I have now read The Mike Hammer Collection Volumes 1, 2, and 3. That's it. I'm done. No more. This guy is so annoying to me. Every woman he meets is drop dead gorgeous and within 2 minutes of meeting him falls madly in love with him. Yeah, right. He claims to be in love with his secretary Velda but she is the only woman he won't sleep with. Here are a few gems:

"She settled me back in a big chair and disappeared in the kitchen where she made all the pleasant sounds of a woman in her element."

Jun 25, 2008 Ctk27 rated it it was amazing
Crime noir fiction at its best.
May 11, 2008 Ron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes mysteries
Recommended to Ron by: No one, I know his writing
Mickey Spillane is, as always, right on top of his game.
Julie Mickens
Jul 23, 2015 Julie Mickens rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
Oh, man, this is bad. If you want darkness, style and intrigue, watch the great film noir movies instead. Pulp fiction isn't just an ironic title for Tarantino, books like this are where the term came from. The writing was so clunky that I couldn't even skim it easily. The saving grace for me was the description of NYC in the pre-suburbs, just-after-the-war era. So, if you scan it as urban history, or cultural geography, you can pick up some interesting sidebits about city life at that time. Oth ...more
Patricia Green
Nov 07, 2013 Patricia Green rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this second collection. Mike Hammer is a strong character with a lot of personality. You have to consider the time these books were written, when deciding whether to buy or not. There are some currently politically incorrect ideas in them. But that's part of their beauty; they give you more than a glimpse into the period and make it real for you. What also fascinates me about the Mike Hammer collections are the abrupt endings. They fit the character so perfectly. Spillane did a ...more
Trixie Fontaine
I didn't read everything in this book, but I love having these collections around just to dip into the atmosphere of them. They all suck at the end, and I think this collection is full of even more ridiculousness (a lot of Commie bullshit?) than the first one I read, but it's such an escape just to BEGIN each story. Finishing each story? Gets to be an obnoxious drag.
Nov 06, 2012 Christopher rated it really liked it
It eventually is very, very formulaic, but I suppose that is the nature of its genre. Enjoyable until you realize it's always rinse, wash and repeat. Also, once Hammer gets a girlfriend his philandering just makes him seem even more of a jerk. In addition, this printing skipped pages in the last novel during a key part in the plot, making it unreadable. At that point I just gave up; so long, Hammer.
Charles Wilson
Jul 24, 2015 Charles Wilson rated it liked it
You won't find any great meaning or theme or even character development in Mickey Spillane; he just isn't that kind of a writer. This isn't literature by any stretch of the imagination. What it is is down-and-dirty, gritty, bare-knuckled, brutal, sexy, no-holds barred entertainment. I came to Mike Hammer because I felt obligated to read it but I thought I wouldn't like it. Imagine my surprise when I did.
Nov 07, 2007 Zepp rated it it was ok
Hmm. these seemed a little more mean spirited than those in Volume 1, some really nasty hate here. All we ask from Mickey is that they be Not bad- then they're great. This collection has a lot more bad than the first, and the anti-communist propaganda was embarassingly unreadable. (although this kind of propaganda made for some suavely subversive and touchingly pithy films in the 40s/50s).
Sep 16, 2010 Carmen rated it it was ok
I gave up of the first story after 20pp. The Big Kill was better. Kiss Me Deadly was probably the best. The all just seem so full of cliches and he metaphor are laughable... so serious,self important and silly. Every woman he meets is gorgeous beyond belief and although Mike Hammer's face is often a bloody mess they all want to get him in bed. Disappointing.
Apr 17, 2013 Patrick rated it it was amazing
what can I say but brilliant .I read Spillane in my teens and I never forgot how good he was , so I thought I'd read them again , a bit dated but still a good read as long as you are not to PC or a feminist .If you fancy a good read try one of the omnibus collections I think you might be a convert .
May 10, 2010 Lynn rated it really liked it
The first story was so so, but the the second 2 - Kiss me Deadly and One Lonely Night were pretty great. I think at least 60 percent of the text is spent describing women's legs, mouths and walks, but I kind of like it that way. It's not trashy, just noir-y. Summer reading yo.
Jacamo Peterson
Sep 25, 2008 Jacamo Peterson rated it it was amazing
All of the books I have listed here on the read shelf,I have indeed read.All have by my estimation a five star rating. Books that I did not like are not listed.I have been reading for over 50 years.
Stacy Bender
Dec 30, 2012 Stacy Bender rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Once I started I was hooked,
Nov 20, 2013 Peter rated it it was ok
Shelves: mickey-spillane
A chain smoker PI.
Scot Marvin
My favorite philosophy professor was a Micky Spillane fan. So, I decided to give Spillane a try. I'll stick to philosophy maybe.
Nov 18, 2009 B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mike Hammer is like James Bond meets Clive Owen's character in "Shoot 'Em Up." He's hard-boiled, sexual, pissed off, and corny. I recommend this book for a good laugh and a quick read, nothing more.
Apr 18, 2008 Will rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Belt-whippin' communist ladies and shootin' guys in the face ought to be more fun.

Redeemed only by the phrase, "I am the evil for good!"
Nov 04, 2009 CoolBreeze1978 rated it liked it
This book is a duel between cheesiness and entertaining. Entertaining won out, but barely.
Nov 29, 2011 sarg rated it really liked it
Read these books back in the 1950s loved them great private eye in the bogart genre Sam spade etc
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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 peop
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Other Books in the Series

Mike Hammer (1 - 10 of 21 books)
  • I, the Jury  (Mike Hammer,  #1)
  • My Gun Is Quick
  • Vengeance Is Mine  (Mike Hammer, #3)
  • One Lonely Night
  • The Big Kill
  • Kiss Me, Deadly
  • The Girl Hunters
  • The Snake
  • The Twisted Thing
  • The Body Lovers

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