Mickey Spillane (1918-2006) sold hundreds of millions of books. He introduced iconic detective Mike Hammer to readers in 1947 with I, THE JURY, and was named a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master in 1995.
Crooked Sheriff Harry Gauge rules the town of Trinidad, New Mexico, with an iron fist. His latest scheme is to force rancher George Cullen into selling his spread and to take Cullen's beautiful daughter, Willa, for his bride --- whether she's willing or not. The old man isn't about to go down without a fight. He sends out a telegram to hire the west's toughest gunslinger to kill the sheriff. But when a stranger rides into Trinidad, no one's sure who he is --- but it's deadly clear he's a man who won't be pushed.
PI Mike Hammer’s secretary and partner, Velda, has walked out on him without explanation. It then develops that an old cop who once worked with Velda turns up murdered. What’s more, Mike’s pal, Captain Pat Chambers, has discovered that Velda is in Florida, the moll of gangster and drug runner Nolly Quinn. Hammer hits the road and drives to Miami. But can they find Velda in time? And what is the connection between the murdered vice cop in Manhattan and Mike’s ex turning gun moll in Florida?
Mike Hammer finds himself up against a clever serial killer targeting only cops. The culprit, who Hammer’s old friend, Captain Pat Chambers, had put away many years ago, is suddenly freed on new, seemingly indisputable evidence. Hammer wonders if this placid, very odd old man might somehow be engineering cop killings that all seem to be either accidental or by natural causes.
Mike Hammer accompanies a conservative politician to Moscow on a fact-finding mission. Arrested and imprisoned by the KGB on a bogus charge, he quickly escapes, creating an international incident by getting into a fire fight with Russian agents. On his stateside return, the government is none too happy with Hammer. Russia is insisting upon his return to stand charges, and various government agencies are following him. A question dogs our hero: why him?
When Private Investigator Mike Hammer spots a brutally destroyed corpse on the side of the road in upstate New York, there’s no question of him not taking the case. Especially when Melodie Anderson, the stunning young reporter determined to investigate, goes missing. But as Mike sifts through Melodie’s leads in a race to find her before it’s too late, he discovers a murder method more horrible than anything he’s ever come across.
Private eye Mike Hammer’s old mentor on the New York police force has committed suicide, but Hammer knows that Inspector Doolan would never have killed himself. When a woman is murdered practically on the funeral home’s doorstep, Hammer is drawn into the hunt for a cache of Nazi diamonds, and for the mysterious beauty who had been close to Doolan in his final days.
Begun by mystery master Mickey Spillane in the late 1960s and completed four decades later by his friend Max Allan Collins, THE CONSUMMATA follows Morgan the Raider in a breathtaking chase to retrieve a huge sum of money stolen from the struggling Cuban exiles who rescued him.