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Mike Hammer: Complex 90 Hardcover – May 7, 2013
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“FitzSimmons has come up with a doozy of a sociopath.” —The Washington Post Learn More
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This one was originally announced for publication in the sixties, but was abandoned for some reason. It's a sort of sequel to THE GIRL HUNTERS(brief aside. I always liked the filmed version and thought Mickey did a better job playing Mike Hammer than he was credited). And Collins encourages the reader in the introduction to picture Mike as Hammer(something I've done in all these slate of co-authored novels.
Here, Mike accompanies a conservative Senator on a fact finding mission when his regular bodyguard is killed in an assassination attempt and Mike gets a minor leg wound stopping the killer.
Once there, Mike gets arrested while out walking off a heavy meal and taken into the back of a prison. He doesn't waste any time when he gets a shot and fights his way out of the prison, gun blasting and spends two months getting out of Russia. He fights and kills forty-five in that effort.
The bulk of the novel is the aftermath when he gets back. The Russians are screaming, American politicians are screaming, and Mike isn't taking s*** from anybody. There is the very real possibility of him being turned over to the Russians to avoid an "international incident."
Mike and Velda find themselves targets of both sides as they dig to find out what's really going on.
Nicely paced Hammer thriller that I devoured in a couple of sessions in the afternoon.
Worthy of a read.
Complex 90 is set in the cold war--Mike Hammer meets (and defeats) the commies. The book's greatest one-liner (adopted as a tagline as part of the jacket notes): "They can't torture you if you kill them first."
For some reason or other (a point that will prove crucial to the plot), Mike has been asked to serve as a body guard for an American senator, taking a self-financed fact-finding tour of Moscow. When Mike is picked up on the Moscow streets and hustled off to a local prison for interrogation (for no apparent reason) the plot begins in earnest. Mike exits the prison (stepping through the blood and over the bodies) and wends his way through eastern Europe, escaping on an American troop plane in Turkey. There are forty-five bodies in his wake.
This constitutes the first act of the novel and does not occupy as much space as one might expect. The real story then transpires in New York. What was really going on here? Why was Mike selected to accompany the senator? Who was behind that? Why was he abducted?
On the one hand there is a blast from the past--spies and ne'er-do-wells who have tangled both with Mike and with Velda (herself a spy for a time, remember) are still around and hungry for revenge. There is also a scientific study under way, one which will give a decided advantage in the space race. Are the russkies working with an American traitor?
The book is effortless in its silky-smooth plot. No one plots with the ease and finesse of Mickey.Read more ›
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Set in the backdrop of the Cold War era, Hammer’s latest case takes him behind the Iron Curtain along with an influential, conservative-minded senator. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Donald C. Weiss, Jr.
Great stories, fun/funny to read. Period language is right on the mark!Published 13 months ago by james washburn