With an introduction by Max Allan Collins: The first collection of stories starring legendary Mike Hammer, the toughest private investigator in history
It starts with a few near-accidents. A car almost swipes Mike Hammer when he’s crossing the street. A junkie robs the notoriously hardboiled detective at knifepoint. A fight on a subway platform comes close to pushing him in front of a train. While any one of these could be a coincidence, together they make a conspiracy—one that Hammer will have to end in order to survive. And when it comes to finishing something—or someone—nobody does it better than Hammer.
One of the twentieth century’s bestselling American mystery authors, Mickey Spillane changed noir fiction forever when he loosed Mike Hammer on the world. Now these eight short stories, collected and finished by Max Allan Collins, show that Spillane is still capable of redefining the genre.
The stories in A Long Time Dead have received numerous accolades, including an Edgar Award nomination, two International Association of Media and Tie-in Writers “Scribe” Awards, and a Private Eye Writers of America’s Shamus award.
"After Mickey Spillane’s death, his frequent collaborator, Collins, found a trove of unpublished material... Collins worked the material into several short pieces, which were published in various places and are collected here for the first time. And they are, each of them, gems." —Booklist
Introduction: The Long and Short of It
The Big Switch
A Long Time Dead
So Long, Chief
A Dangerous Cat
It's in the Book
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With Mickey Spillane:
Dead Street | The Consummata | The Last Stand | The Shrinking Island | The Menace
The Legend of Caleb York | The Big Showdown | The Bloody Spur | Last Stage to Hell Junction | Hot Lead, Cold Justice | Shoot-Out at Sugar Creek
Mike Hammer Novels:
The Goliath Bone | The Big Bang | Kiss Her Goodbye | Lady, Go Die! | Complex 90 | King of the Weeds | Kill Me, Darling | Murder Never Knocks | The Will to Kill | Killing Town | Murder, My Love | Masquerade for Murder | Kill Me If You Can
Mike Hammer Audio Theatre:
The Little Death | Encore for Murder
Comics and Graphic Novels:
Mickey Spillane’s From the Files of...Mike Hammer: The Complete Dailies and Sundays | Mickey Spllane’s Mike Hammer: The Night I Died
So Long, Chief | It's in the Book | A Dangerous Cat | A Long Time Dead: A Mike Hammer Casebook | The Punk | The Big Run | Primal Spillane | Tonight, My Love