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The Twisted Thing Mass Market Paperback – 1966

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Signet; First THUS edition (1966)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451114000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451114006
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 14 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Crime novels are a good way to make money" Mickey Spillane is quoted as saying. "Twisted Thing" which appeared in 1966 proved to be still another money maker for him.
"I, The Jury" (1947) was the beginning, the beginning of a round of thrillers by then unknown Mickey Spillane. Mike Hammer, one of thrillerdom's ace protagonists was introduced, and the world couldn't read enough of his adventures.
Today Mickey Spillane is 85-years-old, and acclaimed around the globe for inventing the hard-hitting, hard-boiled protagonist who is a compelling mix of sex and sharp shooting. It's hard to believe this many years have gone by for the Brooklyn born Spillane. He's outlasted and out sold many of his contemporaries, and when last heard from was still hard at work.
Perhaps those of us who love to read don't take time to thank the writers who have given us so many hours of pleasure. I certainly fall into that category, so a big hats off to Mickey Spillane and gratitude for the wealth of reading pleasure he's given so many.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Mickey Spillane's finest bar-none, a real classic in the mystery-detective genre. I liked the 1980's cover of the last edition best and recommend this title if you can find one!
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HASH(0x9f799150) out of 5 stars That's Life in the Little City June 2 2015
By M. Buzalka - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Twisted Thing (1966) was Mickey Spillane’s first Mike Hammer novel in two years as he had been busy with his Tiger Mann series in the interim. In this book, which apparently was written much earlier, Hammer is mostly disconnected from the incidents that had occurred in the two previous published installments (The Girl Hunters and The Snake) following the character’s reintroduction in 1962 after a decade-long hiatus.

Old NYPD crony Pat Chambers makes only a brief appearance (there is another compliant cop to serve as Hammer’s legal shield and deus ex machina) and supposed fiancee Velda none at all. Hammer’s conflict with Chambers over Velda, a huge component of The Girl Hunters and still festering somewhat in The Snake, is only hinted at in one line here. On the other hand, Hammer does refer (without elaboration) to the startling conclusion of Spillane’s first Hammer novel, I the Jury, which cemented both Hammer’s reputation as a borderline psychopath and Spillane’s as a writer willing to do anything to make a splash.

Otherwise, The Twisted Thing is pretty much a Hammer standalone novel, which is fine. It is vintage Spillane with its tough guy talk (like all Hammer—and Mann—books, it is narrated in first person), convoluted mystery, convenient clues, plot-advancing coincidences and stupendously preposterous conclusion. The story starts with Hammer’s investigation of the kidnapping of a rich scientist’s 14-year-old son, which soon leads to a number of murders (including one with a meat cleaver), all of which takes place in the small Upstate New York town of Sidon. Along the way Hammer deals with crooked (and murderous) local cops, a lusty dame or two and even some lesbians. Of course he gets knocked around a time or two but always comes up swinging.

Did I enjoy it? Yes…yes I did. Spillane is a master at keeping the plot and suspense going with a combination of new developments and sheer stylistic aplomb. He does so here. The Twisted Thing is one of the best of Spillane’s Hammer books.
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HASH(0x9f7997d4) out of 5 stars What's Twisted In This Small Town? Sept. 9 2014
By Dave Wilde - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Chronologically, “The Twisted Thing” simply doesn’t follow the logical course of Hammer’s development or his relationship with Velda that has grown in “The Snake.” It is an earlier novel, having been written as perhaps the second book in the series. As such, “The Twisted Thing” is more of an old-fashioned detective novel with Hammer being hired by a wealthy individual out on a small Long Island town to solve his son’s kidnapping. The book is filled with corrupt small town cops, gambling, ex-strippers, steamy photographs, blackmail, shootings, car chases, and the whole extended family gathered for a whodoneit type of accusation after a murder. Hammer is there in the middle of all of it, attempting to bring some order to this steaming helping of messy stuff. The book is filled with typical Spillane action and intrigue.

The book opens in typical Spillane fancy talk: “The little guy’s face was a bloody mess. Between the puffballs of blue-black flesh that used to be eyelids, the dull gleam of shock-deadened pupils watched Dilwick uncomprehendingly. His lips were swollen things of lacerated skin, with slow trickles of blood making crooked paths from the corners of his mouth through the stubble of a beard to his chin, dripping onto a stained shirt.” Wow. What amazingly descriptive prose. There are few writers even today who could take the time and effort to so carefully describe a beating in the back of a police station.

The characters in this book include a boy genius, a crooked smalltown cop, a man-woman, an ex-stripper hired to watch over the boy genius, and the rich man’s family which included Alice Nichols, the nymphomaniac, who had “deep brown eyes that kissed mine so hard I nearly lost my balance. She swept them up and down the full length of me. It couldn’t have been any better if she did it with a paintbrush.” He explains that: “She told me things with a smile that most girls since Eve have been trying to put into words without being obvious or seeming too eager and I gave her my answer the same way.”

Maybe Pat Chambers and Velda are almost completely AWOL from this book and all the action takes place outside the big city. It is still a great read and a worthy part of the Mike Hammer saga.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f79984c) out of 5 stars Excellent Fiction! March 21 2002
By KEN KNIGHT - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Mickey Spillane's finest bar-none, a real classic in the mystery-detective genre. I liked the 1980's cover of the last edition best and recommend this title if you can find one!
HASH(0x9f799bdc) out of 5 stars Five Stars July 8 2014
By getsn2troublehere - Published on
Format: Paperback

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