Happy birthday to the late crime writer Mickey Spillane.
Acccording to Biography.com:
Mickey Spillane was born on March 9, 1918 in Brooklyn. He was a writer of pulp detective fiction whose first novel, I, The Jury, introduced the character Mike Hammer. Hammer appeared in a series of mystery novels and film adaptations (most notably Kiss Me, Deadly). Spillane claimed to write solely for money and his books--highly sexualized and sadistic--were huge popular hits. He died in 2006.
I read Spillane's books when I was a pre-teen and I liked the tough guy stuff and the girls. I later re-read a couple of the books and although I still found them to be entertaining, I realized that he was certainly not in the same league as Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett.
But I like that he didn't care. I like his "f**k you" attitude. I like that he was an unabashed conservative.
The web site Thrillingdetective.com offers a look back at Mickey Spillane
Spillane became something of a media star himself himself, playing the part of Hammer in the 1963 film version of The Girl Hunters and appearing as a spokesman for Miller Lite beer TV ad for almost two decades.
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