The first novel in Mickey Spillane’s classic detective series starring hard-boiled private eye Mike Hammer. I, the Jury is a double-strength shot. I, The Jury by Mickey Spillane – Here’s Mickey Spillane and Mike Hammer in their roughest and readiest—a double-strength shot of sex, violence, and action that. It is no small surprise then that I, the Jury, the first of Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer novels, falls a bit short when viewed alongside Chandler’s.

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This novel was recollective of the times, even though some of the text was chauvinistic. I grimaced, and soaked up her weakness like a biscuit sopping up gravy. Quotes from I, the Jury.

Spillane’s publisher, was skeptical of the book’s literary merit but conceded spillanf would probably be a smash with postwar readers looking for ready action.

Strong writing, too – a bit annoying Going on for five stars Malcolm Cowley called Mr. Soon he has uncovered a wide-ranging narcotics rings, one that Jack had been on the verge of exposing.

Chandler and Hammett can be bad enough, but this is — whoa. I would have given this book two stars, because I can’t say that I really liked it all that jhry, but I wasn’t reading it to like it so much as to trace the origin of a genre back a ways.

Nathaniel Tower Juggling writing and life. I’d also been warned that some of what I read in this book would feel trite and derivative, because so many people have emulated Spillane and Raymond Chandler, and Dashiell Hammett in modern mysteries that it’s like watching the three stooges and wondering who ripped off whom.


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I won’t spoil it, but that killer pretty much had to be the killer. Sep 25, Nick rated it liked it.

It’s best displayed on page 73, when talking to Charlotte Manning, he says, “I got an obsession though. It was his first novel and on a second reading I can thhe that it lacks the sharp cutting descriptive prose of some of his later books.

Turns out, Spillane got his start writing for comic books. After several decades I decided to re-read this classic on what would have been Mickey Spillane’s th birthday. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

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This effort proceeded to sell 6 million copies and Spillane became a sort of beer drinking poet laureate to the millions of young men muckey had just emerged from the Depression and the war and longed for escape.

Mickey Spillane didn’t invent the hard-boiled detective-noir genre, but he certainly played a big part in making it a uniquely fascinating and American one. It really harkens back to the older style of detective you used to see in movies with Humphrey Bogart. Basically, Hammer micke a vicious rage against any violent crime. Because it’s his story, he’s the warrior hero instead of the psychopath who evades multiple assault and battery charges on account of his police connection.

Nov 20, Juru rated it it was ok Shelves: I didn’t remember the plot nor outcome, so it was like reading a new book. Now I’m a guy, and Spillane appears to be writing just for guys. What takes after is a winding voyage through New York and its environs, crosswise over high society and low with a man less worr I, the Jury opens with the passing of private specialist Mike Hammer’s companion, Jack.


This first Mike Hammer story has all the hallmarks of the hardboiled detective novel but with the added bonus of the protagonist being a complete and unashamed misogynist, unafraid of offending anyone. There are friendships such as the one he has with Pat Chambers, the lead police detective who uncharacteristically decides to share information with Mike Hammer despite Mike being a Private Detective.

Hammer swears that the killer will die the same way Jack Williams did.

A very good first page: Explore the Home Gift Guide. If he lost, he’d marry her, if she lost, she’d buy him a sandwich.

Hammer is very patriotic and an anti-communist. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Byseven of the top 15 all-time bestselling fiction titles in America were written by Spillane. Naturally, if you’re an antisocial violent alcoholic, the men fear and respect you and the hot sexy women want to either make love to you or marry you or both.