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The Last Cop Out

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  114 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
No Mike Hammer, no Tiger Mann, and a much more conventional story this time about Gillian Burke, a cop dismissed for his maverick methods, now asked to help the Force in its struggle against the Family (old Papa Menes; gladiator Mark Shelby; and Verdon, a ""first class funeral director. He makes his own clients""). This is so straight that Burke (you'll like him) is even r ...more
Kindle Edition, 252 pages
Published July 19th 1974 by Corgi (first published 1973)
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Jason M Waltz
Aug 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fun, thriller, crime, noir
Graphic fun, a bit over the top, good ol' rough and tough copper versus the mob, the establishment, and society. poor POV transitions required numerous rereadings. was a quick read and a good interlude with a strong example of the 'virile and violent' hero.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
mickey spillane's hyperviolent world of cops and criminals deals in a lot of stereotypes and characters that we've seen before, but it still manages to be remarkably shocking in the risks that it takes structurally, including its willingness to let questions go unanswered and to leave our protagonist for lengthy periods to exam more tangential elements of the story, or even to place major events in the hands of ancillary characters, denying us the main characters the opportunity for the heroic m ...more
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it

The Last Cop Out features a stunning eye-catching bare-bottomed model on its cover. Unfortunately, that's the best part of this book. The book features a disgruntled ex-cop and a set of Mafia bosses who are being knocked off one at a time. Although there are a lot of great ingredients here, the end result was choppy, disjointed, and simply not up to Spillane's usual standards.
John Bruni
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The cover for this book is probably one of the most eye-catching covers of its era. Take a look at the copy on the back, and you'll be shocked that something like this could have been published back then. It makes this book sound like a 190-page blood orgasm, and it lives up to expectations. Spillane is the best when it comes to psychotic heroes. Not anti-heroes, mind you, but HEROES. This book is the best example of it. It's an orgy of blood and vulgarity rivaled by no other crime book. It's an ...more
Maria Beltrami
Spillane assomiglia ad Ellroy, per trame e ambientazioni, e anche per la violenza dei suoi personaggi che sembra fine a se stessa. Qui sangue e morte la fanno da protagonisti in ogni pagina, orchestrati da un ex poliziotto che porta avanti la sua vendetta contro chi lo ha fatto, per paura delle sue capacità, buttare fuori dalla polizia. Un ottimo romanzo, molto ben scritto, che non viene addolcito nemmeno dall'inevitabile storia d'amore.
Tyler Cole
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, suspense
This was the first Mickey Spilliane book I have read. I doubt if this was his best effort. For me, there were too many players, too much dialog and low key suspense. The story did not flow well and at times seemed forced. I have bought his first book, I, The Jury, and will give him another chance.
Jonathan Stevens
Oct 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
This aimless mess of a story is certainly not Mickey Spillane at his
best. Lots of graphic sex and brutality, but if that was supposed to
save it, it doesn't. I shhould have re-read an old Mike Hammer novel,
instead of this.

Bob Bellamy
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Last Cop Out is a Knock Out

Its pure Spillane. Always at the top of his game. Reality as it used to be. This is good reading.
Lukas Persson
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This one was a lot of fun; I like when classic pulp writers get to explore their dirtier side later in life.
May 08, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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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