Killing Town

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For those thirsting for another Mickey Spillane story about his ace private eye, Mike Hammer, then Killing Town is the ticket for you. Completed by his friend and acolyte, Max Allan Collins, this tale recounts the rough-and-tough detective’s first adventure. And what an adventure it is. Set just after World War II, the story begins with Mike riding a train hobo-style into Killington, obviously on some secret mission. On leaving the train, he sees a naked woman through a carriage window performing a reverse striptease for some unknown observer. Shortly after, he’s set upon by two cops. He escapes and hides $30,000 in a wooden staircase before being recaptured by the police, thoroughly beaten up, and accused of raping and murdering the aspiring Gypsy Rose. It’s clearly a frame-up, but by whom and why? Mike sorts through the suspects, killing two New York gangsters and two crooked cops along the way, before finally dispatching the real villains and completing his original task. Spillane’s unique prose, replete with lines like, “I could half-sense the dame snugging into her undies” and “little bitty snub-nosed revolvers that held tiny tickets to hell,” enliven an already compelling plot and make Killing Town an electrifying read.

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Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 296 pages
Publisher Titan Books
Publish Date 2018-Apr-17
ISBN 9781785655500 Buy this Book
Issue July 2018
Category Mystery, Crime, Thriller


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