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Black Alley Mass Market Paperback – Aug 25 1997


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (MM) (Aug. 25 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451191021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451191021
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,419,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 13 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This story has so many flaws, it's not worth listing them all. If you like your hard-boiled characters turning sensitive and up-scale, you may like this book. But Mike Hammer it isn't! The name's the same, but almost all of the details have changed for the worse.
Mike awakes from a coma to find he is recovering from a life-threatening wound. In a crazy and improbable tale, a surgeon turned drunk has picked him up and saved his life. The book's title refers to the temptation to take the black alley towards death. His recovery is cut short when an old army pal calls him back to his death bed, where Mike learns about a missing $89 billion that his friend has hidden. The search for the money is complicated by Mike's finally proposing to Velda, and her accepting.
To me, the whole injury recovery, the missing $89 billion, and the way Mike lives are all very dissatisfying.
What I loved about the book was the way that Mike keeps to his idealism when it comes to his love for Velda. No modern monkeyshines for him! That aspect of the book was the only one that rang true for me.
If you love Mike Hammer, you may want to skip this book. You won't feel the same about the character or the series if you read this book. If you have never read Mike Hammer, this book may seem a little less bad to you.
If you do decide to read the book, I suggest that you think about where you can uphold your standards in ways that will make your life and the lives of those around you better.
Be yourself . . . in a helpful way!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've read and enjoyed Spillane for 35 years but his latest work is a major disappointment. Spillane's Hammer has aged along with Spillane with the result that he is more like Barnaby Jones than the Hammer of old. He talks about his buddies from the "War" and the way he talks (and acts), you realize it is WWII.
The story starts with him gut shot and for the rest of the book, he hobbles around. Where the Mike of old would have performed surgery on himself, reloaded the bullet and shot someone with it, this Hammer keeps going to the doctor and complaining. He gets engaged to Velda, she's more than willing, and he does nothing about it. Enough said? Like Agatha Christie, Alistair MacLean and others, age seems to have sapped Spillane's talents. My advice is to skip this book, find some vintage Spillane and enjoy the ride.
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Format: Hardcover
IN THIS NOVEL MIKE HAMMER LACKS THE HARD HITTING ATTITUDE THAT HE FORMERLY POSSESSED. THE STORY IS OK BUT WITHOUT THE NORMAL TWIST AT THE END TO REVEAL THE SOLUTION AS IN PAST NOVELS. THE CHARACHTER DEVELOPMENT IS GOOD; I HAVE ALWAYS LIKED THE WAY REAL PEOPLE FIND THEIR WAY INTO THE STORY aka HY GARDNER.
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