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I, the Jury (1947)
Q: Who killed Jack?
The private eyes don't come any tougher than Mike Hammer, nor the authors any tougher than Mickey Spillane. Needing $1000 to but a house, the ex-serviceman Spillane knocked off this first Hammer mystery, basing his hero on a comic book character that he had created before the War. This effort proceeded to sell 6 million copies and Spillane became a sort of beer drinking poet laureate to the millions of young men who had just emerged from the Depression and the war and longed for escape.
In this first entry in the series, Mike's best friend is murdered and Mike swears to hunt down and execute the killer:
Someday I'd trigger the bastard that shot Jack.
In my time I've done it plenty of times. No
That he is. And with the help of Chambers, an NYPD Captain of Homicide, and his faithful girl friday, Velda, Hammer pursues his own harsh version of justice and metes out deadly vengeance. The series is quite enjoyable, as long as you're not looking for Shakespeare, or even Chandler.
See also:Private Eyes
-The Unofficial Mickey Spillane Mike Hammer Site
-INTERVIEW: (Michael Carlson , Crime Time Online)
-ESSAY: You, The Jury (Steve Holland, Crime Time Online)
-ESSAY : The tough guy vanishes (MAXIM JAKUBOWSKI, Chicago Sun-Times)