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Hammer is summoned to a meeting with Jamie Winters, United States Senator from New York, and Jamie's lovely, very smart wife, Nicole, considered by many to be the power behind the throne. Winters is being blackmailed, and Hammer is given a list of suspects who may be behind the threats to the Senator's career. But when the suspects begin to drop like flies, Hammer realises Hammer is summoned to a meeting with Jamie Winters, United States Senator from New York, and Jamie's lovely, very smart wife, Nicole, considered by many to be the power behind the throne. Winters is being blackmailed, and Hammer is given a list of suspects who may be behind the threats to the Senator's career. But when the suspects begin to drop like flies, Hammer realises there is more to this case than just a salacious tape.


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Hammer is summoned to a meeting with Jamie Winters, United States Senator from New York, and Jamie's lovely, very smart wife, Nicole, considered by many to be the power behind the throne. Winters is being blackmailed, and Hammer is given a list of suspects who may be behind the threats to the Senator's career. But when the suspects begin to drop like flies, Hammer realises Hammer is summoned to a meeting with Jamie Winters, United States Senator from New York, and Jamie's lovely, very smart wife, Nicole, considered by many to be the power behind the throne. Winters is being blackmailed, and Hammer is given a list of suspects who may be behind the threats to the Senator's career. But when the suspects begin to drop like flies, Hammer realises there is more to this case than just a salacious tape.

30 review for Murder, My Love

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    Mike and Velda are Back ”Murder, My Love” is the 24th novel in Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer series. Spillane published the original 13 in his lifetime between 1947 (I, The Jury) and 1996 (Black Alley). Since Spillane’s passing, his friend Max Allan Collins (got to use all 3 names like Lee Harvey Oswald or John Wilkes Boothe) has taken Spillane’s partial manuscripts, notes, and outlines and finished another 12 novels beginning with The Goliath Bone (2008) and going to next year’s upcoming Masquer Mike and Velda are Back ”Murder, My Love” is the 24th novel in Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer series. Spillane published the original 13 in his lifetime between 1947 (I, The Jury) and 1996 (Black Alley). Since Spillane’s passing, his friend Max Allan Collins (got to use all 3 names like Lee Harvey Oswald or John Wilkes Boothe) has taken Spillane’s partial manuscripts, notes, and outlines and finished another 12 novels beginning with The Goliath Bone (2008) and going to next year’s upcoming Masquerade for Murder (2020), a total of 25. As Collins concedes, Murder, My Love is based on an outline not a manuscript and is more Collins than Spillane at this point, but the spirit of Spillane is so thoroughly invoked that it is hard to tell the difference. In any event, it is a terrific story, one that has an aging Mike Hammer (now hovering around 60) stepping once more into the fray. Hammer jokes about his aging reflexes and that he’s old, but not dead when one lady or another puts her moves on him. The case here is blackmail, a point which politics, sex, and violence often merge. And, Hammer, still engaged to aging knockout Velda after several decades, flatfoots it around town trying to nail the blackmailers. Unfortunately, Velda plays a background role here and isn’t as prominently featured. By the end of the story, the body count rises to Hammer standards although he and his .45 can’t claim responsibility for most of the corpses. In today’s age, this novel doesn’t stand out for its sex and violence, but the early Hammer novels did. This is a fast-paced tale that will be appreciated by Spillane fans and hardboiled fiction readers.

  2. 5 out of 5

    C.J. Bunce

    Originally published online at BORG.com. Fans of any character or universe love their fandom and often can’t get enough of it. It’s why writers keep writing new versions of Frankenstein 201 years later and new stories featuring James Bond 66 years later and Sherlock Holmes 132 years later. Fans of writer Mickey Spillane′s Mike Hammer novels (or the Darren McGavin or Stacy Keach television series) have not just the 13 novels Spillane wrote beginning 72 years ago, but now a full two dozen thanks to Originally published online at BORG.com. Fans of any character or universe love their fandom and often can’t get enough of it. It’s why writers keep writing new versions of Frankenstein 201 years later and new stories featuring James Bond 66 years later and Sherlock Holmes 132 years later. Fans of writer Mickey Spillane′s Mike Hammer novels (or the Darren McGavin or Stacy Keach television series) have not just the 13 novels Spillane wrote beginning 72 years ago, but now a full two dozen thanks to Spillane’s co-conspirator of hard-boiled crime and his successor, Max Allan Collins. In last year’s centenary of Spillane’s birth, that meant the release of the unpublished first Mike Hammer novel Killing Town (reviewed here at borg). Using the combined talents of Spillane and Collins, it’s a crime story as good as they get. With the latest team-up of Spillane and Collins, Murder, My Love, Collins proves he has mastered the voice of the famous cop-turned-private eye. This book is 100% end-to-end Collins, as the writer says he worked from Spillane’s notes but all of the prose is new material. And that’s fabulous, because this book is all Mike Hammer at his best. As with Killing Town, Collins’ Murder, My Love is a shorter Hammer novel and a quick read. Personally at 200 pages I find it the ideal length–all pulp novels, classic paperback mysteries, true crime novels, etc. should be able to be gobbled up in a single trip (like on a Greyhound bus from Detroit to Cincinnati or a train from Omaha to Denver). I soaked up Murder, My Love in two sittings, and it was an entirely satisfying read, complete with Hammer and his assistant/also cop-turned P.I., Velda, who Collins writes cleverly here first person in a few pages of “off-camera” playback that is some of the best material in the book. It’s a story set later in Hammer’s career, with Collins establishing a perfect picture of New York City from a few decades ago as he takes a U.S. senator on as a client, a senator with White House ambitions. Unfortunately he and his wife have a history of extramarital affairs and now someone else knows, resulting in blackmail. Hammer and Velda embark on the detective work, interviewing the subjects of the senator’s liaisons. Once they find the schemer behind the blackmail, that’s when the body count begins. One-by-one the possible suspects end up dead, and Hammer isn’t exempt from getting in the line of fire. Sex, lies, brawls, corruption, murder–there’s a bit of everything here. Collins’ eye for detail is superb. His descriptions of the famous NYC skyscraper The Flatiron will have you feeling like you’ve actually been there. If you love a good mystery and classic edgy noir with a tough guy protagonist who is smart–but never smart enough–this is a great place to jump into the series. Highly recommended for fans of Titan’s Hard Case Crime imprint, Murder, My Love is available now for the first time, published by Titan Books and available in a hardcover edition. Get a copy now.

  3. 5 out of 5

    D.B. Woodling

    3.75 Stars Mike Hammer is always entertaining!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Darren Ivey

    Mike Hammer is back with a vengeance. In “Murder, My Love,” Edgar Grand Master Award-winning novelist Max Allan Collins has returned with his latest offering to the Mike Hammer series. Upon his death, Mickey Spillane had left Collins a treasure trove of unfinished manuscripts of various length, and the latter has spent the subsequent years in producing books worthy of the great man’s name. This time, Spillane’s specially chosen literary executor worked only from a synopsis that might have been a Mike Hammer is back with a vengeance. In “Murder, My Love,” Edgar Grand Master Award-winning novelist Max Allan Collins has returned with his latest offering to the Mike Hammer series. Upon his death, Mickey Spillane had left Collins a treasure trove of unfinished manuscripts of various length, and the latter has spent the subsequent years in producing books worthy of the great man’s name. This time, Spillane’s specially chosen literary executor worked only from a synopsis that might have been a treatment for the Mike Hammer television series starring Stacey Keach. Thus, while the idea for the story belongs to Spillane, Collins is entirely responsible for the plot. By this time, Hammer is somewhere on either of side of sixty, and he readily acknowledges that age has slowed him. Time and experience have seasoned him, and he is no longer the brash, hot-blooded, and slightly psychotic man of his youth. However, he retains his capacity for copious amounts of violence, and remains a thoroughly dangerous killer. Despite the fact he is operating in the early Nineties, the iconoclastic private eye retains his fedora, trench coat, and, of course, his trusty 1911A1 .45 pistol. As the story opens, Hammer is hired by a U.S. Senator to deal with a blackmailer. Aided by Velda Sterling, his long-time fiancée, secretary, and partner, Hammer investigates the case, which involves an unconventional marriage, the senator’s dalliances with a variety of women, greed, politics, and murder. One who remembers the political scene of the late Eighties and early Nineties may realize certain characters are representations of national figures. In “Murder, My Love,” Collins ably recreates Spillane’s distinctive “voice” and delivers the customary Mike Hammer mix of sex and violence. The story is fast-paced, and the dialogue razor-sharp. The ending is typical Spillane. Mickey would be proud.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Peter Ackerman

    Max Allan Collins does it again! Using notes left over from the late Mickey Spillane, Collins, writes a taught hard boiled mystery featuring the classic P.I. Mike Hammer. It is near 1990, and a Senator is running for President. The problem is that there is a known secret about he and his wife having other partners. Though each has cleaned up their past relationships so that they can move forward in a tidy manner, the couple want Mike's help with a threat to reveal more that arivved anonymously. Un Max Allan Collins does it again! Using notes left over from the late Mickey Spillane, Collins, writes a taught hard boiled mystery featuring the classic P.I. Mike Hammer. It is near 1990, and a Senator is running for President. The problem is that there is a known secret about he and his wife having other partners. Though each has cleaned up their past relationships so that they can move forward in a tidy manner, the couple want Mike's help with a threat to reveal more that arivved anonymously. Unlike many Hammer stories, which have the detective motivated through revenge, Murder My Love, is a true mystery. Mike and Velda investigate clues and as a body count begins to rise (this is THAT Mike Hammer, after all) Pat Chambers comes into the mix. This fun for any hard boiled fiction fan, is worth the price of admission. The tale twists appropriately and ends satisfyingly abrupt (again...Mike Hammer...'nuff said?). My hope is that Collins never runs out of Spillane inspiration, or interest in carrying on the adventures of the great Mike Hammer.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sven Skupien

    I've been a Mike Hammer fan since I was a teenager, like most Hammer fans. The fact that Mickey Spillane only released two Hammer novels since my initial discovery before he passed away was painful, and again such was the case for all Spillane fans. So I can honestly say I was ecstatic to discover Max Allan Collins had been passed the torch, despite having incredibly large shoes to fill. He had the chops to handle such a monumental task, and he used them. This book, however, stands out from the I've been a Mike Hammer fan since I was a teenager, like most Hammer fans. The fact that Mickey Spillane only released two Hammer novels since my initial discovery before he passed away was painful, and again such was the case for all Spillane fans. So I can honestly say I was ecstatic to discover Max Allan Collins had been passed the torch, despite having incredibly large shoes to fill. He had the chops to handle such a monumental task, and he used them. This book, however, stands out from the other collaborations because it's all Collins, yet it's not. It reads like Spillane. It feels like Spillane. It smells like Spillane. This is an impressive work and I can’t wait for the next installment.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Lind

    It may be short, but it's still Mike Hammer. In what might be considered the second shortest of The Mike Hammer novels (“Killing Town” being the first), Max Allan Collins gives us a classic Mike Hammer story where America's most famous private-eye has been hired by Senator Jamie Winters to find out who exactly is blackmailing the Congressman. As Hammer gets closer to closing the case, the bodies start piling up. The Mike Hammer in this book is old, but he's still got it and everything that makes It may be short, but it's still Mike Hammer. In what might be considered the second shortest of The Mike Hammer novels (“Killing Town” being the first), Max Allan Collins gives us a classic Mike Hammer story where America's most famous private-eye has been hired by Senator Jamie Winters to find out who exactly is blackmailing the Congressman. As Hammer gets closer to closing the case, the bodies start piling up. The Mike Hammer in this book is old, but he's still got it and everything that makes a Mike Hammer novel is in this book: Velda, the old .45, and yes, even good old New York, New York.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alan

    Rating between 3 & 3.5 another completion-continuation novel by MAC for the Mike Hammer series using source material left behind by the late Mickey Spillane. The story runs along at a very quick pace which is really reminds the reader of pulp/noir novels. I thought it was almost too quick really but still enjoyable. The characters of Mike and Velda felt different to those in the original but not so much that they were completely different people. Overall a good read, an entertaining modern take on t Rating between 3 & 3.5 another completion-continuation novel by MAC for the Mike Hammer series using source material left behind by the late Mickey Spillane. The story runs along at a very quick pace which is really reminds the reader of pulp/noir novels. I thought it was almost too quick really but still enjoyable. The characters of Mike and Velda felt different to those in the original but not so much that they were completely different people. Overall a good read, an entertaining modern take on the old school mike hammer I think. Definitely recommended.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Yosef Shapiro

    This Hammer book was written by MAC based on an outline developed by Spillane. The decision was made to age Hammer in this book. It is set in the 1980's and Hammer is in his sixties. MAC seems to poke fun at the tropes of the earlier Hammer novels and this is ok. But Hammer still doing his thing, well into his sixties, strains credulity. I listened to it as an audio book. It was narrated by Stefan Rudnicki. He was ok. But, I prefer Stacy Keach. For me, he is always the voice of Mike Hammer. Rud This Hammer book was written by MAC based on an outline developed by Spillane. The decision was made to age Hammer in this book. It is set in the 1980's and Hammer is in his sixties. MAC seems to poke fun at the tropes of the earlier Hammer novels and this is ok. But Hammer still doing his thing, well into his sixties, strains credulity. I listened to it as an audio book. It was narrated by Stefan Rudnicki. He was ok. But, I prefer Stacy Keach. For me, he is always the voice of Mike Hammer. Rudnicki is the voice of Matt Helm.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    Max Allan Collins continues his run of completing Spillane's outlines, unfinished manuscripts, and plans for additional Mike Hammer novels. This is modernized pulp, but if you understand that going in, it can be a great deal of fun. Also, the narrator does a fine job performing the story even if he isn't Stacy Keach. How Hammer is it? I could almost.... almost hear the soulful strains of "Harlem Nocturne" which was used for years as the theme for the TV movies and show in the 1980's.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Violet

    Love Mickey Spillane stories that star Mike Hammer and Velda. In these newer ones Mike and Velda are married and work together. Good story but an iffy premise where both the senator and his wife are stepping out on each other and an ending that leaves me wondering how they get away with all the deaths ... will the police believe Mike's explanation ?? Gotta believe so.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Martin

    Mike Hammer is such a rollicking series and this book did not disappoint. Whilst it may be like reading a TV script (1960's Dragnet?)...it is easy and a bit of escapism for the hours it takes to finish.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hugh Sturrock

    An older but not quite gentler Hammer still rockin' the fedora. Max Allan Collins once again making Mickey Spillane proud.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Al Stoess

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Collins does a good version of Sipillane's Mike Hammer. Nothing that great about it however,

  15. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Heibert

    3.5. A short, fun book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cherie Waggie

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dennis G

  18. 4 out of 5

    Barrydkelly

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pat

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Spaulding

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tom

  22. 5 out of 5

    John

  23. 5 out of 5

    Monica Willyard Moen

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chris

  25. 5 out of 5

    Zainab

  26. 4 out of 5

    David Anderson

  27. 5 out of 5

    Philip Schweier

  28. 5 out of 5

    James D. Brewer

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bunny

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jack

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