Spillane: King of Pulp Fiction


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$26.95  $25.06
Mysterious Press
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5.88 X 9.65 X 1.35 inches | 1.58 pounds
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About the Author

Max Allan Collins is the New York Times bestselling author of Road to Perdition and multiple award-winning novels, screenplays, comic books, comic strips, trading cards, short stories, movie novelizations, and historical fiction. He has scripted the Dick Tracy comic strip, Batman comic books, and written tie-in novels based on the CSI, Bones, and Dark Angel TV series; collaborated with legendary mystery author Mickey Spillane; and authored numerous mystery series including Quarry, Nolan, Mallory, Eliot Ness, and the bestselling Nathan Heller historical thrillers.
James L. Traylor is the author of Dime Detective Companion. He is also coauthor, with Max Allan Collins, of One Lonely Knight and Mickey Spillane on Screen.


A full-dress biography of the most polarizing practitioner of 20th-century crime fiction.... Fans who've been waiting for a life of Spillane will gobble this up.-- "Kirkus" (10/20/2022 12:00:00 AM)
[Collins and Traylor] are strong and persuasive advocates of Spillane's novels. Few readers will be able to resist sampling Spillane's work after reading this engaging and definitive biography of the surprisingly affable tough-guy writer.-- "Shelf Awareness" (2/17/2023 12:00:00 AM)
A knockout biography ... A thoroughly engrossing life story and an indispensable account of the rise of paperback publishing.-- "Booklist STARRED REVIEW" (1/1/2023 12:00:00 AM)
A superbly written and exhaustive portrayal of the life of a writer who changed the mystery genre in the last half of the 20th century.... There is so much here to sink your teeth into and enjoy. Great biographies must capture the individual portrayed--his spirit, his accomplishments, and the times in which he lived and worked. SPILLANE does all of this so expertly that it reads almost as well as a Spillane novel.-- "BookReporter" (2/9/2023 12:00:00 AM)
There's a kind of power about Mickey Spillane that no other writer can imitate.
The king of hard boiled crime fiction.
Spillane is a legend of the blood-soaked whodunit, a pioneer of tough guy ethics and New Age vengeance.
Spillane almost single-handedly created the market for 'pocket books' in the late 1940s, and he was one of the first authors media-savvy enough to promote himself as a character.--Eddie Muller, host of Noir Alley
Illuminating ... This definitive work is indispensable for any fan of the revolutionary Spillane and his two-fisted novels.-- "Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW" (12/5/2022 12:00:00 AM)
An engaging, capacious and largely celebratory account, presenting the writer, his works and their multimedia adaptations as worthy of serious consideration.-- "Wall Street Journal" (1/26/2023 12:00:00 AM)