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I, the Jury (Signet) [Kindle Edition]

Mickey Spillane
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


Product Details

  • File Size: 579 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (February 1, 1982)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031TZ9BM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,067 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Verdict: Spillane Wins by Knockout May 9, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Make no bones about it: this is definitely one of the best detective novels ever written, but not only that. It is also a piece of art, beautifully told, with characters that are hard to forget, and scenes that must have made Norman Rockwell shudder with disgust. It is also, more by accident than purposely it seems, a description of the underbelly of American society after World War II, when U.S. power was at its peak and the American way of life seemed to leave nothing to be desired.
Trying to find out who killed his best friend, Mike Hammer ruthlessly punches, kicks, and shoots himself through the mesh of thugs, pimps, racketeers, and femme fatales, that pave his way before he can finally nail down the murderer. His methods are brutal and totally inconsistent with even the most lenient interpretations of the law. Along the way, he meets a host of the most beautiful and attractive bombshells ever to grace the pages of a novel, not without getting a little closer to at least some of the most beguiling ones of these kittens. Despite his apparent disregard for rules, norms, and morals, deep down Hammer is a very decent and honorable man. Loyalty means everything to him; he treats doormen and elevator attendants with respect; and he even refuses to sleep with his soon-to-be wife before they officially seal their commitment. He even doesn't think anything of having a drink at the bar of a friend, who, incidentially, happens to be a black man.
As far as violence goes, Hammer sure doesn't shy away from it. Neither does he seem to dislike it all that much. However, he never resorts to it without a purpose. It's a means to an end, namely, to make the murderer of his friend pay and to finally bring about justice. The latter would not be served if not for Hammer taking the law in his own hands.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Man with the Well-Oiled .45 June 13, 2000
Format:Hardcover
If you are looking for hardboiled detective fiction, Mickey Spillane's I, THE JURY is the place to start. Spillane's Mike Hammer is as brutal and uncompromising as they come. There's nothing weak about this book, and the conclusion is so suprising, so shocking, that it will leave you with a powerful, but guilty, sense of vindication.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A man's book October 10, 2007
Format:Hardcover
I'm not trying to be sexist, just realistic. I, the Jury, is outstanding reading. Spillane is in top form with this one, and the story is strong and riveting. But there is a good deal of sex and violence, and things were certainly a lot different when Mr. Spillane wrote this. Don't look for any politically correct jargon or attitudes, and don't hope for a happy ending, because you'll be disappointed on both counts. But if you want a good read, and you want something that is WAY different than any stories being published today, buy this book.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The toughest hombre in town! June 18, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This was Spillane's first book - and what a book! Mike Hammer's war buddy is taunted and murdered and Mike vows to bring the killer to justice. He smashes his way to a conclusion you won't soon forget. After you read this one, try the next 6 - All Hammer stories with the exception of "The Long Wait." At one time all of Spillane's first 7 books were listed in the all time top 10 best sellers. There's a reason for that - read them and find out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tough Talking Man of Action February 2, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mike Hammer is the classic hard-bitten private detective. He talks hard, he fights hard and when it comes to love he falls fast and hard. Nothing at all is held back in this highly charged murder case that cuts straight to Hammer's core.
The tough, no-nonsense Hammer is faced with the cruel shooting murder of Jack Williams, a close friend, and takes it hard. In front of Pat Chambers, another good friend who just happens to be the Captain of Homicide, he vows that when he catches the murderer he would gladly shoot him in the gut, just like Williams had been. The case quickly becomes a race between Hammer and Chambers, as Hammer is determined to have his vengeance.
This is hardboiled detective fiction as it should be. There are no qualms when it comes to violence, no regrets over shooting the bad guys, whisky is swallowed easily in one swallow and the dames are kept begging for more. We charge from suspect to suspect watching Hammer extract information under threat of violence, and following through on the threat whenever necessary. Moving at breakneck speed, the bodies pile up while Hammer finds himself falling in love. It makes for terrific reading for lovers of the hardboiled detective genre.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First and The Best January 29, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mike Hammer has never been told so boldly, so brazenly as he was here by the master of the dime novel mystery, Mickey Spillane. This should be standard reading for any man's man as well as standard fair on any pure study of American literature. Mickey Spillane's prose ranks at the highest of its form, bar none, and there are very few novels that narrative points come down to the last sentence of the book.
This is a must for any serious fan of mystery fiction, whether you prefer your private eyes hard-boiled or not, and this should be on any serious men's literature list.
Trust me. "It was easy."
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Original "Dirty Harry" July 7, 2001
Format:Hardcover
"I, the Jury" is not really a mystery. It is a "vendetta Eastern" in the same pattern as the Clint Eastwood vendetta Westerns ("A Fistful of Dollars," "A Few Dollars More," "Hang 'em High," etc.) In the opening pages of the book, Mike Hammer stands over the body of his slain comrade and swears terrible vengeance on the killer. Then he embarks upon a series of crimes which should have garnered him several life sentences. When the last house is burgled, the last head broken, and the last killing perpetrated, I was left wondering the same thing I wondered at the conclusion of the Dirty Harry movie "Magnum Force." How's the "hero" gonna explain all this to the police?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sorry for the negative review
I wrote a negative review on this item which I would like deleted. Redhouse has worked with me to get the problem resolved. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Harriet Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars Mike Hammer: self-loathing closet homosexual
As self-loathing closet homosexuals go, the version of Mike Hammer in "I, The Jury" is pretty ugly even by the standards of the day the story was written (he improved as... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Burrowing Owl
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A throw back refresher.
Published 1 month ago by Karn Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Violent Recreation of the Corrupt New York World of the Late Forties
First published in 1947, I, THE JURY depicts a post-war New York in which amorality rules in a world dominated by capitalism. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dr. Laurence Raw
4.0 out of 5 stars Noir fun
Love the 1940's feel of this book. Fascinating to read about the attitudes (racial, gender, legal) of the not-so-distant past. Read more
Published 3 months ago by DolphinBlue
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very entertaining!!
Published 3 months ago by Anixmar
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardboiled Paradise: Nobody Ever Was Tougher Than The Original Mike...
"I, The Jury," published in 1947, was the first Mike Hammer novel by Spillane. You would think that at such an early stage it would be rough and tenative and that it would... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dave Wilde
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hardboiled dectective fiction
Hardboiled detective fiction at its best. Don't expect caring and sensitive from Mike Hammer.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Arrived on time and as described.
Published 5 months ago by Aero FD
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Dated and full of stereotypical dialog. not Hammet or Chandler.
Published 5 months ago by John E
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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.

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