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A trio of classic novels in the third omnibus from “the king of hard boiled crime fiction” (USA Today). “There's a kind of power about Mickey Spillane that no other writer can imitate” (New York Times), and it's in full force in this collection of three of his greatest Mike Hammer novels: The Girl Hunters: Hammer's voluptuous, long-lost love is targeted by the mastermind assassin known as the Dragon. The Snake: Protecting a runaway blonde, Hammer trades barbs and lead with crooked politicos, snarling hoods, and sex-hungry females. The Twisted Thing: A kidnapping case links Hammer to a fourteen year-old mystery and the most venomous killer the private eye has ever faced.
In Mickey Spillane's classic private eye novels, the action exploded in a bone-crunching catharsis. Men and women didn't make love - they collided. Tough brutes used their fists to drive home a message. Tougher broads used guile. And no one's morals were loftier than the gutter. No apologies. Little redemption. These novels rendered critics powerless, shocked intellectuals, inspired a new wave of pulp mayhem, and left the public hungry for more. Given their hot, fever-pitch prose and breathless pacing, Spillane's Mike Hammer novels quickly became one of the most successful series in publishing history - an innovative, no-holds barred, ultravisceral explosion of sex and violence that made Hammer a literary legend and Spillane one of the bestselling authors of all time. After fifty years, neither has lost his power to deliver a knockout punch. Find out for yourself in this omnibus edition featuring the first three Mike Hammer novels by the master of the hard-boiled mystery...
In this eye-opening cultural history, Brian Tochterman examines competing narratives that shaped post–World War II New York City. As a sense of crisis rose in American cities during the 1960s and 1970s, a period defined by suburban growth and deindustrialization, no city was viewed as in its death throes more than New York. Feeding this narrative of the dying city was a wide range of representations in film, literature, and the popular press--representations that ironically would not have been produced if not for a city full of productive possibilities as well as challenges. Tochterman reveals how elite culture producers, planners and theorists, and elected officials drew on and perpetuated the fear of death to press for a new urban vision. It was this narrative of New York as the dying city, Tochterman argues, that contributed to a burgeoning and broad anti-urban political culture hostile to state intervention on behalf of cities and citizens. Ultimately, the author shows that New York's decline--and the decline of American cities in general--was in part a self-fulfilling prophecy bolstered by urban fear and the new political culture nourished by it.
Death de LYX - die besondere Thriller-Reihe geht weiter! Jeffery Deaver, Mickey Spillane und viele andere große Thriller-Stimmen führen zu exotischen Tatorten! Mit Kurzgeschichten von Chad Taylor, José Carlos Somoza, Julián Ibáñez, Lisa Allen-Agostini, Norizuki Rintaro, Paco Ignacio Taibo II, Altaf Tyrewala, Jeffery Deaver, Leonardo Padura, Andreu Martin, Howard Engel, Mickey Spillane, Max Allan Collins und Feryal Tilmaç. Death de LYX - regelmäßig spannende Kurzgeschichten mit Nervenkitzel-Garantie als E-Book. Stöbern Sie auch in den anderen Titeln der Reihe!
In his study of Golden Age and hard-boiled detective fiction from 1890 to 1950, Yan Zi-Ling argues that these two subgenres can be distinguished not only by theme and style, but by the way they structure knowledge, value, and productive labour. Using the detective as a reference point and enactor of socially based interests, Yan shows that Golden Age texts are distinguished by their conservationism (and not only by their conservatism), with the detectives’ actions serving to stabilize institutions with specific ideological aims. In contrast, the criminal investigations of the hard-boiled detective, who is poorly aligned with institutions and strong interest groups, reveal the fragility of the status quo in the face of escalating cycles of violence. Key to Yan’s discussion are theories of exchange, value, and the gift, the latter of which he suggests is more akin to detective work than is wage labour. Analyzing texts by a wide range of authors that includes Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Dorothy Sayers, Raoul Whitfield, George Harmon Coxe, and Mickey Spillane, Yan demonstrates that the detective’s truth-generating function, most often characterized as a process of discovery rather than creation, is in fact crucial to the institutional and class-based interests that he or she serves.
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