“The next time you pull a gun on me I put one between your eyes.”
Private investigator Mike Hammer and the beautiful Velda go on vacation to a small beach town on Long Island after wrapping up the Williams case from I, the Jury. Walking along the boardwalk, they witness a brutal beating at the hands of some vicious local cops - and Hammer wades in to defend the victim.
When a woman turns up naked - and dead - astride the statue of a horse in the town’s park, how she wound up this unlikely Lady Godiva is just one of the mysteries Hammer feels compelled to solve.
This is Mickey Spillane’s lost, never-before-published 1940s Mike Hammer novel, written between I, the Jury and My Gun Is Quick. Completed by Spillane’s friend and literary executor Max Allan Collins, Lady, Go Die! is finally making its way out into the world almost seventy years after its inception.
“Mike Hammer is undeniably an icon of our culture.” (New York Times)
“A clever, fast-moving plot drives Collins’ gritty fifth posthumous collaboration with MWA Grand Master Spillane…Once again, Collins displays his mastery of Spillane’s distinctive two-fisted prose.” (Publishers Weekly)
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Great story brought alive by my own 'Mike Hammer'!
Stacy Keach will always (for me) be the voice of Mike Hammer. I can't imagine anyone else reading it so well. The story was both engaging and entertaining. Stacy's voice brought the character to life in a way that another voice actor would not have managed. Kept me entertained on the long commutes to and from work.
The story is very much in Mickey Spillane's usual style, having read quite a few of the novels this felt familiar despite being a previously unreleased work.
Stacy's performance as Mike Hammer stayed true to the character I had known from both books and TV/movies, without being overly dramatic or theatrical he brought the book and setting alive for me.
If I had 9 hours to spare I would have happily listened to the book in a single sitting.
Great value for money and a great read.