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Mike Hammer: King of the Weeds

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Mike Hammer: King of the Weeds
By Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins
Titan Books
Retail Price $22.99
Amazon Price: $17.81

Book Description: 

Hammer finds himself up against a clever serial killer targeting only cops. A killer his old friend Captain Pat Chambers had put away many years ago is suddenly freed on new, seemingly indisputable evidence, and Hammer wonders if this seemingly placid, very odd old man might somehow be engineering cop killings that all seem to be either accidental or by natural causes. At the same time Hammer and Velda are dealing with the fallout – some of it mob, some of it federal government – over the $89 billion dollar cache the detective is (rightly) suspected of finding not long ago.

Review

Max Collins continues to do an excellent job in taking these Mickey Spillane novels and bring them to a new generation.  In case you are new to the series, Mike Hammer is a private detective that is in many ways the standard “tough guy”: brutally violent, and fueled by a genuine rage against violent crime. He hates injustice, yet he goes after his perps “by the book”  A little know fact is that the character of Hammer is loosely based on the real-life hard-boiled Texas Ranger and gunfighter Frank Hamer, who was most famous for tracking down and killing Bonnie & Clyde in 1934.  King of Weeds is the newest book in the series and is written in normal Spillane style.  As you read you will get involved in Hammer’s case right along with him and be wrapped up in the story until you finish.

~Reviewed by John G.

 

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