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The Twisted Thing (Mike Hammer #9)

3.63  ·  Rating Details  ·  187 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
This was some household.

The kid was a genius, the father a scientist of international repute. Money was problem. Not shortage of money but the opposite: too much. The sort of money that brings the envious and the scheming clustering like flies round a pile of ripe offal: nieces, nephews, cousins - a family of mean minds and gross appetites.

The hired help had its peculiar
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Published June 1st 1966 by Signet (first published 1966)
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F.R.
Feb 24, 2015 F.R. rated it liked it
So after finishing ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’, I thought I’d try a more modern tale of revenge – and where better to go for that than a Mike Hammer novel. Except, when I opened ‘The Twisted Thing’ (the eighth book in the series), far from Hammer vowing in the opening chapter that he was going to find the murderer and then gut him, Spillane seems to have strayed almost into Agatha Christie territory.

A hot-housed boy genius is kidnapped, and after Hammer investigates and finds him, the boy’s fath
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Tfitoby
Oct 13, 2012 Tfitoby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: black-as-night
Not Spillane or Hammer at their best, verges on mediocre at times.

Read on the coach from Paris to London.


A Mike Hammer whodunnit that is a little too obvious in regards to who the villains are and quite misogynistic verging on the incredibly offensive at times towards lesbian women (not real women, more like half men!) that is only saved by Mike Hammer being a fun character with a background of great cases.

Whether this one suffered from being read so soon after finishing The Interlopers is de
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Ed
#9 in the Mike Hammer series. This book as For Whom the Gods Would Destroy was turned down for publication in 1948. It would have been #2 in the series. After the success of I, The Jury (1947), the publishers changed their minds but author Spillane now refused and produced My Gun is Quick (1950) which was more in the style of I, The Jury. For Whom the Gods Would Destroy sat on the shelf until 1966 when it was produced as The Twisted Thing. The two decade hiatus had some strange results - the lan ...more
Erik Moloney
Apr 08, 2016 Erik Moloney rated it it was amazing
This was some household.

The kid was a genius, the father a scientist of international repute. Money was problem. Not shortage of money but the opposite: too much. The sort of money that brings the envious and the scheming clustering like flies round a pile of ripe offal: nieces, nephews, cousins - a family of mean minds and gross appetites.

The hired help had its peculiarities too: the chauffeur, an ex-con; the governess, formerly a featured act in strip clubs from New York and Miami; a secretary
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Tim
Jan 27, 2015 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mickey Spillane. Mike Hammer. You should have a good idea of what you are getting yourself into before you even start reading. If not, you are probably not going to enjoy the ride at all. But even if you do, it's a rocky ride at that, especially by today's ;sensibilities.' Lots of faces getting smashed. Plenty of bullet holes. And a lot of hot women just throwing themselves at Mike Hammer - wow! Not only do they but he takes them up on it and then moves on. With all the other action going on I a ...more
Jure
Jun 29, 2014 Jure rated it it was ok
Kidnapping case that soon turns into a murder investigation that quickly becomes a incomprehensible mess that drags itself like a snail and finally reaches its climax with a pretty idiotic (but far from unexpected) twist.

More here (review includes spoilers!):
http://a60books.blogspot.ie/2014/06/t...
Lukas Persson
All done, this one was OKAY, not terrible, but the ending was a little weak.
Brian Weiss
Sep 04, 2015 Brian Weiss rated it liked it
Shelves: pulp
Meh - not his best, not his worst.

The middle had it's ups and downs. While I'd never expect political correctness out of Mike Hammer - the way he keeps referring to the lesbian character as "a half-man" or "just half a dame" is ridiculous. However, some good twists, turns and action.

The ending was a little predictable, but still manages to deliver in typical Spillane fashion.
Du
May 27, 2012 Du rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Great read. It was really fun and a great use of language. It had this cool 1940s feel to it, even though it was published in 1966. The dialog was snappy and direct, and had a loose flow to it. I saw the ending coming, but still enjoyed it. I also enjoyed the way we got to the ending. There was noting complicated about the plot, but it wasn't simple.
John Wilson
Probably one of the more sadistic Mike Hammer novels I've read. It's also an odd duck; set mostly in a small town in upstate New York. Hammer makes a brief side-trip to the Big Apple in one middle chapter and talks with his cop buddy Pat. But his secretary/love interest Velma neither makes an appearance or is even mentioned.
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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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