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3.51  ·  Rating details ·  715 ratings  ·  84 reviews
For 20 years, former NYPD cop Jack Stang has lived with the memory of his girlfriend's death in an attempted abduction. But what if she weren't actually dead? What if she somehow secretly survived - but lost her sight, and her memory, and everything else she had - except her enemies? Jack has a second chance to save her. ...more
Paperback, Hard Case Crime #37, 219 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Hard Crime Case (first published October 30th 2007)
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Jul 18, 2011 rated it liked it
"You think you're some kind of writer? You think you're Mickey f****** Spillane?"

When I saw Full Metal Jacket and heard that line, coupled with the Bud Lite commercials and the legend, I knew someday I would read a Mickey Spillane novel. It took me a long time but I did, and like hundreds of millions of readers before me I enjoyed it. This being his last novel, actually published posthumously and finished by a friend, it is special.

Part of the attraction of the hard boiled crime genre is that t
Oct 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: hard-case, mystery
This is going to be a short-ish review.

A kind of sentimental novel set in post 9/11 gentrified New York. I haven't had the best experiences with reading Mickey Spillane in the past, his writing generally doesn't do too much for me. This one was fine though, there were parts of it that were a little incredulous to me, but generally it was an ok enough book. Not one of the better Hard Case novels I've read in the past month, but there wasn't anything about it that made it awful either.

A retired c
May 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
A ridiculous plot that revolves around ridiculous things happening (no less than two people get amnesia to make this clunker work).

This was written by a very old Mickey Spillane and it really shows. The characters are constantly complaining about "these darn, confusing computers" and "these darn kids with their weird fashions". The story takes place after 9/11 (that's referenced quite a bit, too), and yet it feels like it takes place in 1993 with how mysterious and unknowable computers and tech
Dan Schwent
Oct 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Retired NYPD cop Jack Stang finds out his lost love, presumed dead 20 years or more, is still alive, blind, and has amnesia. But what does she have to do with stolen nuclear material?

Well, I have mixed feelings on this one. I wanted to love it, since this was Mickey Spillane's swan song and because of his status as one of the founding fathers of the genre. But I didn't. The plot seemed like something out of the seventies or eighties and I found the whole Bettie angle implausible.

That's not to sa
Mar 15, 2009 rated it liked it
A completely ridiculous plot, but this book was really a curtain call for Mickey Spillane so it's best just to read it as such. ...more
Joe Santoro
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: hard-_case_crime
This one was a little weird... it felt like it should be set in the 60s, with a retired cop going back to investigate an old case from the mob. Then there was what almost felt like a side plot, but turned out to be the main story that sorta kinda involved Middle Eastern terrorists, but in such a generic way as to not really seems real.

I definitely need to read some of his older stuff, I'm sure it works a lot better, this one was certainly a page turner, it just was weird. The whole lost girlfrie
Apparently I read this as a paperback 4 years ago. It was new to me listening to it as an audiobook today. I guess that says something. It was fun, if not memorable. Way to much tough guy stuff & convenience in the plot. Everyone knows Stang (aka The Shooter) retired police captain, & all around tough guy. The romance was over done, but not as bad as the Tiger Mann series.

Most memorable was the afterword by Collins who finished the book. I really want to watch "The Girl Hunters" (1963) in which
This was the last novel that Spillane completed before his death in 2006. It was prepared for publishing by Max Allen Collins and first hit the shelves in 2007.

All the hallmarks of a good Spillane novel are here. A tough retired cop, a beautiful doll and a full cast of bad guys. It's interesting to note how his bad guys changed over the years to somewhat reflect the era he was writing in. In his early works they were straight mob guys, closely followed by red commies in the McCarthy years and c
Feb 25, 2021 rated it liked it
I wish I could say I loved this book, but I don’t. Is it a good read, for the most part. I enjoy the old cop retiring to Florida after a hard life in New York. He should be able to settle down and just enjoy the waves of the ocean and a love he thought he lost twenty years ago. New York wasn’t done with Stang or “Shooter” as his enemies call him. This story follows Stang on his last case. If you like the old man badass genre this book will be a good read for you.
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Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dead Street was a super fun, fast-paced read. I picked this one up because I was feeling a bit slumpy and was looking for something quick to help me out. This book did not disappoint.

From the moment I picked up Dead Street I was unable to put it down. The plot was great and I really enjoyed getting to know the characters. The story started to taper off a little but near the end and it felt a little rushed, but all in all I enjoyed it.
Cathy DuPont
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's Mickey Spillane's last book and I was ready for another trip down noir street with Dead Street. Didn't happen.

Spillane died July 17, 2006, and this book which was almost completed, was published in 2007. His friend and confidant Max Allen Collins, prepared the manuscript for publication and completed the last three chapters which Spillane had outlined. I should have paid more attention to the publication facts and not anticipated that this book would be so similar in flavor to some of the e
Dec 11, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
I've gotten hooked big time in the Hard Case Crime series and really looked forward to this one. It's good but not great---not as visceral or as immediate as I, the Jury or Kiss Me Deadly. But then again, what is? The degree to which you enjoy this one depends on the degree to which you're willing to ride back to the bygone days when villains were shot in the "melon," naked women sported an "inverted delta," and villains had names like Douchebag McGuillicuty (or some such variation). The popcorn ...more
Jan 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: noirboiled
There are so many false notes in Dead Street that an explication of them would be longer than the novel itself. Here is one of my favorites from early on: Our hero, ex-cop Jack Stang, has discovered that his fiancée, who supposedly died twenty years ago in an accident after being kidnapped by the mob, is actually alive. When Stang, a.k.a. "The Shooter," learns this remarkable news, he proclaims, "Somebody has got to pay for twenty lost years." Somebody has got to pay for all that lost time, Capt ...more
J.J. White
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
I wonder just how good a friend Collins was to Spillane. The reason I say this is because there seems to be a large plot hole in the story and it takes place in Collin's last three chapters. In the beginning of Dead Street, Jack Stang is antsy and suspicious about the veterinarian's son. Hell, he wants to shoot him. So one would expect Spillane intended to involve the veterinarian in the original kidnapping and that involvement would reveal itself in the final chapter's. I'm guessing Spillane di ...more
Tilak  Raj Kaushik
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Not so good, because it was not finished by Spillane. someone else finished it after his demise. few good lines, but leave you unsatisfied. Ending is poor, because the other author mostly did the last part. Spillane is a great author,his previous works vouch for it. I will never read the latest ones which were completed by someone else.
story is boring and everything is waraped up too quick. at midway you can guess the ending yourself. obvious plot twists and totally predictable story. the blind
Dead Street is a 2007 novel published by Hard Case Crime. After
Mickey Spillane died, his pal Max Allan Collins was tasked with
completing Spillane's unfinished manuscripts. In the afterword, Collins
explains that Spillane wrote the first eight of eleven chapters and left
extensive notes for the final chapters.

It is not a Mike Hammer novel. Jack Stang is a retired police captain
who sees his old street dying. Twenty years ago, his fiancé was
abducted and killed and he never remarried. Turns out
Rogers Cadenhead
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime
This Mickey Spillane novel was finished after his death by his friend and fellow crime novelist Max Alan Collins. It was part of the early rollout of Hard Case Crime, a fun imprint of pulp mysteries and hard-boiled crime fiction with charmingly lurid cover art. The story's a brisk read with the cynicism and Chandleresque patter one expects from a writer like Spillane, but the plot feels like something that wasn't fully baked yet. Retired New York police detective Jack Stang moves to Florida, rig ...more
May 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mysteries
After reading the postscript where the co-author who finished the book based on notes said that he wrote chapters 9 through 11, I was able to pinpoint where exactly the writing became jarring. The style changed slightly right then--and got more virulently racist and venomous.

Beyond that, as a mystery story, it felt too simple right from the beginning (I don't like it when I've solved the clues two chapters in advance of the detective) only to get more and more ridiculous with each twist and tur
Oct 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery, noir
This is not a great book -- it's overly sentimental, reads like it was written fifty years before it actually was, and the plot involves the mob, Saudi terrorists, crooked cops, the whole bit. Oh, and the protagonist was engaged to a woman 20 years ago, and she was killed in a heist gone wrong. But she is not dead! Instead, she is blind. And has amnesia. So my dude moves in next door and they get involved, and for totally mysterious reasons, when the woman finds out about this, she does not murd ...more
May 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was an okay addition to the Hard Case Crime series. I think my appreciation is a bit higher knowing that this was one of the last Mickey Spillane books. However, I didn't feel that the theme of hidden nuclear material was a good fit for this genre. Plus, some of the plot elements throughout the story were just a little bit too convenient and therefore, didn't leave much in the way of any twists or reveals to enhance the entertainment of the book. ...more
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was ok
Decent, not great; wouldn't really recommend it.
It's like the author turned in the first draft of a story outline, and the publisher just accepted it as print-ready.
It definitely needs polish, but there are far worse novels I've read - the 2-star is a bit misleading. It's closer to 3-stars than 1-star.
This book actually has legitimate heroes and villains (which are rare).

I will read another Spillane, but two more might be asking a lot.
Monte Lamb
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: novels
This is a quick read. It's evidently the last book written by Mickey Spillane and was finished after his death. The story is interesting enough but does seem to stretch the imagination in many areas. It's the basic mystery novel and ends with the good guys winning and they live happily forever after. ...more
Bill Telfer
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the last four novels Mickey Spillane (creator of Mike Hammer) was working on before he passed away in 2006. And thank God for Hard Case Crime and author and Spillane friend Max Alan Collins (creator of the Quarry series) for getting this wonderful crime novel into publishable shape. I am late to the table as a Mickey Spillane fan, but -- betteer late than never!
Neil Fulwood
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Posthumously published, Spillane’s unfinished manuscript having been completed from his notes by Max Allan Collins, this Hard Case Crime title has a lurid bit of cover art that is pure 1940s and a plot that feels like a Bond movie inexplicably got relocated to Ed McBain’s 87th precinct. It’s an oddity, to be sure (and more than a little implausible), but a pacy and undemanding read nonetheless.
Alex Delvecchio
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Perhaps I haven't read enough crime novels but I enjoyed this one start to finish. My only complaint is that I wish the end twist was better developed on. Regardless I read the whole book in a day which is something I never did with a 200 page book ever. ...more
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. I'm going to have to check out some of the Mike Hammer books. I really enjoyed the television series with Stacy Keach in the mid to late eighties. ...more
Sanjay Kumar
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good yarn but not as good as his other books

I liked the last stand much better. The end was somewhat anti-climactic, as if writer was in hurry to finish the story.
Christine Richmond
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Was given this book by a friend and thoroughly enjoyed it. Very good characters and particularly enjoyed Jack Strang. Will probably try more - don't seem as dated as I had thought initially. ...more
Stephen Herczeg
Aug 02, 2019 rated it liked it
A good stand alone Mickey Spillane story. His mate Max Collins filled in the blanks left when Spillane died and released it after receiving all his notes and unfinished work on his death bed.
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Terrible grammar.
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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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