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Publication Order of Mike Hammer Books

with Max Allan Collins
I, the Jury (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Gun Is Quick (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vengeance is Mine (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Lonely Night (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Big Kill (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kiss Me, Deadly (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl Hunters (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Snake (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Twisted Thing (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Body Lovers (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Survival... Zero (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Killing Man (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Alley (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Goliath Bone (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kiss Her Goodbye (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Big Bang (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lady, Go Die! (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Skin (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Complex 90 (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
King of the Weeds (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kill Me, Darling (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Never Knocks (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Long Time Dead (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Will to Kill (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killing Town (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder, My Love (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Masquerade for Murder (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kill Me If You Can (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dig Two Graves (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Tiger Mann Books

Day of the Guns (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bloody Sunrise (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Death Dealers (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The By-Pass Control (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Caleb York Books

with Max Allan Collins
The Legend of Caleb York (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Big Showdown (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bloody Spur (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Last Stage to Hell Junction (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hot Lead, Cold Justice (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shoot-Out at Sugar Creek (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Long Wait (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Deep (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Delta Factor (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Erection Set (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Cop Out (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Day the Sea Rolled Back (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ship That Never Was (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Something's Down There (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Street (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Consummata (With: Max Allan Collins) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Stand (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Menace (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

with Max Allan Collins
The Killing Man (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
So Long, Chief (With: Max Allan Collins) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Dangerous Cat (With: Max Allan Collins) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Publication Order of's Mike Hammer Graphic Novels

with Max Allan Collins
Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer #1 (With: Max Allan Collins) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer #2 (With: Max Allan Collins) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Bibliomysteries Books

The Book of Virtue (By: Ken Bruen) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By: C.J. Box) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Thing (By: Laura Lippman) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Case (By: Nelson DeMille) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By: Jeffery Deaver) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By: William Link) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Final Testament (By: Peter Blauner) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rides a Stranger (By: David Bell) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By: Andrew Taylor) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of Ghosts (By: Reed Farrel Coleman) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Compendium of Srem (By: F. Paul Wilson) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
What's in a Name? (By: Thomas H. Cook) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Remaindered (By: Peter Lovesey) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sequel (By: R.L. Stine) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gospel of Sheba (By: Lyndsay Faye) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Book Club (By: Loren D. Estleman) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nature of My Inheritance (By: Bradford Morrow) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
It's in the Book (With: Max Allan Collins) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scroll (By: Anne Perry) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of the Lion (By: Thomas Perry) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Men (By: Megan Abbott) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Condor in the Stacks (By: James Grady) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery, Inc. (By: Joyce Carol Oates) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Every Seven Years (By: Denise Mina) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Travelling Companion (By: Ian Rankin) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Citadel (By: Stephen Hunter) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reconciliation Day (By: Christopher Fowler) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By: John Harvey) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haze (By: James W. Hall) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hoodoo Harry (By: Joe R. Lansdale) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pretty Little Box (By: Charles Todd) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seven Years (By: Peter Robinson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hemingway Valise (By: Robert Olen Butler) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By: Michael Koryta) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By: John Connolly) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl Who Did Say No (By: David Handler) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traitor (By: Martin Edwards) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Door (By: Lisa Unger) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Honeymoon Trap (By: Peter Swanson) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Chronological Order of Bibliomysteries Books

The Book of Virtue (By: Ken Bruen)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scroll (By: Anne Perry)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By: C.J. Box)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By: Jeffery Deaver)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By: William Link)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seven Years (By: Peter Robinson)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Thing (By: Laura Lippman)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of Ghosts (By: Reed Farrel Coleman)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Book Club (By: Loren D. Estleman)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By: Andrew Taylor)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Final Testament (By: Peter Blauner)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rides a Stranger (By: David Bell)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
What's in a Name? (By: Thomas H. Cook)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
It's in the Book (With: Max Allan Collins)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nature of My Inheritance (By: Bradford Morrow)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Remaindered (By: Peter Lovesey)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Compendium of Srem (By: F. Paul Wilson)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gospel of Sheba (By: Lyndsay Faye)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sequel (By: R.L. Stine)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of the Lion (By: Thomas Perry)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Men (By: Megan Abbott)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Every Seven Years (By: Denise Mina)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Citadel (By: Stephen Hunter)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Condor in the Stacks (By: James Grady)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery, Inc. (By: Joyce Carol Oates)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Travelling Companion (By: Ian Rankin)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haze (By: James W. Hall)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By: John Harvey)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reconciliation Day (By: Christopher Fowler)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hoodoo Harry (By: Joe R. Lansdale)(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pretty Little Box (By: Charles Todd)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By: John Connolly)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hemingway Valise (By: Robert Olen Butler)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By: Michael Koryta)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Case (By: Nelson DeMille)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl Who Did Say No (By: David Handler)(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traitor (By: Martin Edwards)(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Door (By: Lisa Unger)(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Honeymoon Trap (By: Peter Swanson)(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

City Sleuths and Tough Guys(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pulp Frictions: Hardboiled Stories(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Private Eyes(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Century of Great Suspense Stories(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Century of Noir(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crimes by Moonlight(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Masters of Noir, Volume One(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Mystery Stories 2011(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Interrogator and Other Criminally Good Fiction(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Mickey Spillane had a different flair for writing. He developed and perfected the PI (private investigator) genre. His novels were classified as thrillers, mysteries, or dramas. He had a global following. Readers around the world embraced his writings. He experienced monumental success as a writer. He sold more than two hundred million novels. At one time, seven of his novels were on the top fifteen list of novels in America. Movies and TV series were based on his novels. Not only was he a writer, but he portrayed his main characters in movies and TV shows. He was involved in the production of the movies that were based on his novels. Despite having such a successful writing career, he did not receive many literary awards. He did receive the Edgar Allen Poe Grand Master Award for Mystery Writers and the Junior Literary Guild Award. His writings were criticized by literary experts, but people admired his work. He was considered a celebrity.

He was named Frank Morrison Spillane when he was born in Brooklyn, New York. His father insisted that he was to be baptized as Frank Michael Spillane. The father wanted his son’s name to reflect his Irish heritage. Later in life, Spillane decided to be called Mickey because he thought the ladies would like it better.
During his childhood, the family moved from New York to Elizabeth, New Jersey. Mickey grew up in a tough neighborhood. He spent an enormous amount of time reading in the safety of his living room. By the age of eleven, he had read the complete works of Dumas and Melville. At the age of fourteen, he began his writing career. He worked as a journalist for the Elizabeth Daily Journal. Spillane practiced and perfected his writing craft by writing comic books. He wrote for the “Batman”, “Superman”, and “Captain America” series. After high school, he attended Kansas State College on a football scholarship. He was a competitive swimmer. He dropped out of college. The day after Pearl Harbor, Spillane joined the Army Air Corps as a fighter pilot. He did not leave the states to fight in World War II. He trained cadets to become fighter pilots. After the war, Spillane continued to fly as a civil pilot. For a brief time, Spillane worked for the Barnum and Bailey Circus as a trampoline artist and a knife-thrower. One time he was shot out of a cannon. After the circus, Spillane worked undercover for the FBI to help crack a narcotics ring.

After these short term stints in the circus and FBI, Spillane returned to writing. He began working on his novels. Elements of previous jobs and experiences are found in some of his novels. Mike Hammer was the central crime fighter in a series of novels. Spillane wrote graphic novels about crime fighters. A circus was used as a setting in “The Girl Hunters”. A narcotics dealer was the nemesis of Mike Hammer in “Kiss Me Deadly”. Fawcett Gold Medal Books published Mickey Spillane’s novels. Fawcett was interested in publishing new original works in paperback books. Most books at this time were reprints of the classics. Spillane’s style was a perfect fit for the company. His first novel “I, the Jury” (which he wrote in nine days) introduced readers to the famous crime fighting fictional detective, Mike Hammer. Hammer was a tough-guy who used his own form of justice. This character was loosely based on a real Texas Ranger named Frank Hamer. In this novel, an old friend of Mike Hammer was murdered. He tried to find the killer while obstacles kept hindering his progress. This novel combined big guns, gory violence, and a splash of sex appeal. There was nothing in print like this. The novel sold out quickly. People were intrigued by this new style of writing.

Spillane based other novels such as “My Gun is Quick”, “The Big Kill”, and “Kiss Me Deadly” on ideas that he introduced in “I, the Jury” such as murder, danger, and double-crossing females. These novels were also reflection of political views during the Cold War. In these novels, Mike Hammer went after communists, spies, and women who were stealing atomic bomb secrets. His secretary/assistant/girlfriend named Velda played important roles in the Mike Hammer novels. Spillane wrote a short lived comic strip entitled “From the Files of ………Mike Hammer. Despite being denounced in churches and on the Senate floor, the Mike Hammer series was well-received by the general public.

The Mike Hammer series did well in radio shows, movies and on TV. Four TV series about Mike Hammer were launched between the years of 1958 and 1998. Ten of Spillane’s novels were used in movies. “I, the Jury” has been released twice. “Kiss Me Deadly” had a large following and was considered to be a classic. The plot was based on a narcotics dealer who had decided to steal an atomic bomb.
After Spillane took a ten year break from writing, he wrote “Day of the Guns”. This book introduced another main character, Tiger Mann, who was a super spy similar to James Bond. Mann was extremely anti-communist and violent. Mann was an agent who loved danger and solved mysteries. Mickey Spillane returned to writing about Mike Hammer. “The Killing Man” was the final novel that was released about Mike Hammer.

Following another ten year break from writing, Mickey Spillane accepted a friend’s dare and earned a literary award for his efforts. His friend challenged him to write a children’s book. Spillane wrote “The Day the Sea Rolled Back”. In this novel, a father and his son discovered a shipwreck that was filled with treasure. They encountered many problems trying to retrieve the treasure until something magical happened. It was written from the child’s viewpoint. Mickey Spillane was awarded the Junior Literary Guild Award. He followed this book with “The Ship That Never Was” which was another children’s book.

Mickey Spillane demonstrated his gifted ability to write in various genres. He was a journalist, a graphic novelist, a crime fighting mystery writer, and a children’s author. He used innovative approaches in developing the PI genre. At one point in time, he was known as the only PI genre writer and the “King of Pulp Fiction”.

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One Response to “Mickey Spillane”

  1. sanjit das: 2 years ago

    its a pity that there will never be another guy like mike hammer


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