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Kiss Me, Deadly (1952)

by Mickey Spillane

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Series: Mike Hammer Novels (book 6), Mike Hammer (book 6), Mike Hammer Novels (Chronological Story Order) (9)

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No dame is pretty with a gun in her hand. But at least this one was alive. The last time Mike Hammer met up with a blonde she ended up dead, and Hammer inherited a war with the Mob. As he digs deeper, he discovers that about fifteen years ago the Mafia had been double crossed. Now, people are dying because of it and the girl with the gun is a crucial witness in the case. While Hammer's enemies are searching the city for him, he is ready to go after them. Along the way, he'll find out just how deadly a kiss can get...… (more)
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Mike after mafia in hidden drugs mystery
  ritaer | Jun 26, 2021 |
8.5/10 ( )
  mikepen | Jun 12, 2021 |
Mickey Spillane is one of the best-selling mystery writers of the
twentieth century and rightfully so. He is most famous for his
character Mike Hammer, the toughest private eye that ever walked
these streets. Kiss Me, Deadly is his seventh novel overall and his sixth
Mike Hammer novel. It was first published in 1952 and, at that time, it
was shocking for its violence.

You can feel Hammer's hatred for the many-tentacled creature that the
mob is and his determination to chop off the heads of this hydra. One
of the best things about this book is the quick action and violence
Hammer takes against all that oppose him. Even unarmed, he is a
force to be reckoned with.

Although Spillane's work was not loved by literary critics, it is a truly
great read for those who have a fondness for crime fiction. Unlike
many other private eyes in the fifties, Hammer did not try to get cute
with clever traps or clever anecdotes. Rather, he is a gruff, old-
fashioned bear of a man who does what he thinks is right no matter
the consequences.

Highly recommended work.
( )
  DaveWilde | Sep 22, 2017 |
This is a very fast moving, violent detective yarn. Mike Hammer is driving along a winding road when a beautiful blonde appears in his head lights. Narrowly missing her, he stops to see what is wrong with her. He ends up taking her along to New York to drop her at at the first subway stop. Before he can do this, his car is pushed off the road and he is beaten and he and the now dead woman are pushed off a cliff. Hammer survives and when he is mended, heads out for revenge.

Turns out he is taking on the Mafia and people start getting beaten and killed including Mike. The narrative abounds with many attractive women and hostile thugs all wanting to have a piece of Hammer plus they are all searching for four million dollars in drugs. ( )
  lamour | Feb 28, 2017 |
awful. Unequal to the worse I've read from Ross MacDonald. ( )
  bontley | Aug 24, 2013 |
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No dame is pretty with a gun in her hand. But at least this one was alive. The last time Mike Hammer met up with a blonde she ended up dead, and Hammer inherited a war with the Mob. As he digs deeper, he discovers that about fifteen years ago the Mafia had been double crossed. Now, people are dying because of it and the girl with the gun is a crucial witness in the case. While Hammer's enemies are searching the city for him, he is ready to go after them. Along the way, he'll find out just how deadly a kiss can get...

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