Monday, November 17, 2008

The Goliath Bone

The Goliath Bone (Mike Hammer series #14) by Mickey Spillane; co-author Max Allan Collins

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Harcourt; 1 edition (October 13, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 015101454X
ISBN-13: 978-0151014545

Just before his death in 2006, Spillane delivered the manuscript to this 14th Mike Hammer novel and his notes to frequent collaborator Max Collins. There were also two additional manuscripts with notes, so we should be seeing at least two more Spillane books in the near future.

For long-time Spillane readers, you will know the 1947 introduction of Mike Hammer launched a variety of television shows, radio shows, movies and comic strips. Hard-boiled Private Investigator Hammer is an easy character to love. From his clich├ęd speech – calling women “dolls” and coffee “java” - and his macho attitude, he is a crime fighting PI with heart.

This book deals with Middle Eastern terrorists, anthropologists and a legendary bone thought to belong to Goliath of Biblical times. The storyline is unique and full of classic Hammer action. There is also the perpetual question: will Hammer marry his long-time Girl Friday, Velda Sterling?

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