I enjoyed it and looking over some of the reviews on Goodreads, the ratings are all over the place. Everything from one star up to five and from some people I respect. I suppose Spillane is not for everybody(if all books were written to try to appeal to everybody, wouldn’t it be a dull world). His macho outlook flows out of his books at an alarming rate. I like it and did when I was a young male grasping for something more “adult” than the Hardy Boys that I cut my reading teeth on.
This was a good one, in spite of the anti-communist rhetoric that filled the book up. Written at the height of the “Commie” scare, Mike Hammer is over the top in his feelings, completely mirroring the era.
I had no problem with any of it. Mike blasts his way through every obstacle with the fervor he usually displays, down to the climax with “Old Betsy” in one hand and a tommy gun in the other.
For more Forgotten Books, check out Patti Abbott over at her blog, Pattinase.