Black Alley Mass Market Paperback – Aug 25 1997
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Times have changed, and Mickey Spillane's tough-guy private eye, Mike Hammer, has changed with them. Well, sort of. Hammer confesses to his fondness for Wagner in this latest adventure and proposes to his long-time gal Friday, the voluptuous Velda. He even dines at Le Cirque, though thankfully he does not order quiche. Meanwhile, he is tracking down a missing $89 billion while dodging the mob, the Feds, the cops, and a shadowy set of very nasty villains. Spillane's fondness for hard-boiled imagery, and his devotion to Raymond Chandler's maxim "When in doubt, have a guy come through a door with a gun," have not wavered. Hammer hits the big time in this delightfully preposterous pulp fiction. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Mike Hammer is a hard guy to kill. Caught in a gangster shootout in New York City, Hammer takes two slugs in the gut. Triage teams leave the tough PI for dead, but a burned-out doctor, wasting away in dockside bars, reclaims his professional pride and brings Hammer back from the brink. Mending slowly, Hammer learns that his old war buddy, Marcos Dooley, has been shot. As he dies, Dooley gives a Hammer a clue regarding $89 billion in cash, crime proceeds hidden by old-guard mobsters fearing a power play by younger hoods. With his still-faithful partner, Velda, Hammer launches a treasure hunt that takes him to Florida and upstate New York, butting heads with the feds?they want the money, too?and the remorseless son of an old mob don. Spillane's hard-boiled hero has softened with time; he finally tells Velda how he really feels about her?but, on doctor's orders, he refrains from consummation. "You're really trying to ruin your reputation, aren't you," Velda complains. Not likely. Spillane keeps the pulpy action coming, with hot lead, male bonding and a sex kitten. Mike Hammer looks like he'll make the next century, even if it means bran flakes and 2% milk for breakfast. Mystery Guild main selection.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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... Read morePublished on May 23 1998 by Lamont
In my opinion this does not even come close to the Spillane classics, Kiss Me Deadly, I the Jury, My gun is quick. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 1998