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The Long Wait

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  144 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
A tough-guy mystery to please even the most bloodthirsty of fans!
Paperback, 186 pages
Published 1952 by Signet Books (first published 1951)
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Oct 21, 2011 Robin rated it really liked it
So "The Long Wait" is the first Mickey Spillane book I have actually read, which is a bit odd since I love this style of writing so much. For some reason I never thought Mike Hammer was such an interesting character, especially compared to Spade, Marlowe, the Continental Op, Harper, etc. That impression may be based on the bad Stacy Keach TV show and I should probably read an actual book before deciding. Anyway "The Long Wait" does not feature Hammer but it is a very fun, crazy and memorable ...more
Jun 27, 2012 David rated it really liked it
Not a Mike Hammer story but the protagonist could be mistaken for him. It's a violent noir mystery which our leading character must unravel and it's a pretty entertaining read though I prefer Hammer stories.
Mar 13, 2015 George rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
Το τρίτο βιβλίο που διαβάζω από Μίκι Σπιλέιν, μετά το Εγώ, οι ένορκοι και το Αγάπη μου θα σε σκοτώσω, απόλυτα χορταστικό και διασκεδαστικό με τον τρόπο του και σίγουρα στο ίδιο καλό παλπ επίπεδο. Και είναι μόλις το πρώτο δικό του που διαβάζω που πρωταγωνιστής δεν είναι ο γνωστός Μάικ Χάμερ, αλλά κάποιος άλλος, που όμως είναι το ίδιο σκληρός και γόης. Αυτό δεν αλλάζει.

Λοιπόν, ο πρωταγωνιστής μας έχει αμνησία, αλλά γυρνάει σε μια μικρή πόλη πνιγμένη στην διαφθορά με σκοπό να εκδικηθεί τον θάνατο
Charles Spencer
May 14, 2014 Charles Spencer rated it it was amazing
This is the second novel I ever read from detective noir maestro, Mickey Spillane. I read THE ERECTION SET beforehand, and had a good idea what I was in for. I wasn't disappointed, and was actually surprised how this thriller even followed a similar formula to the aforementioned. But don't let that create any preconceived notions in you. THE LONG WAIT has its fair share of surprises for the more timid readers out there...but if you're adventurous enough, you'll definitely enjoy this hard and ...more
Jim Thomas
Oct 16, 2015 Jim Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1st read in the early 60s when Spillane paperbacks were ubiquitous. This was one of the roughest books I'd read at that point in my life. Although this is not a Mike Hammer novel, it still is in the original burst of sadistic and savage creativity which all Spillane's novels were saturated with, meaning the situations and people involved were violent and darkness pervaded the story. The main character is Johnny McBride who could just as well have been Mike Hammer since they are basically the ...more
Aug 02, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, thriller
Thriller - Johnny McBride returns to Lyncastle after 5 years where charges of embezzlement and murder of the DA await. But is it Johnny or look-alike George Wilson, also wanted for murder. Amnesia and burned off fingerprints complicate things, but the gangsters of Lyncastle are willing to kill him under any identity. Can the elusive Vera clarify matters?
Aug 09, 2012 Andrew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
You can tell Spillane started as a comic book author. His books have that over the top comic book feel to them. Also, overtly and comically sexual, especially for 1951.
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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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