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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I, the Jury (Mike Hammer, #1) by Mickey Spillane

There’s nothing suave or soft-spoken with Mike Hammer, just bull-headed tenacity and cold-blooded resolve, and if you get in his way you just might wind up with a bullet in your gut, regardless of which side of the law you’re on. Raymond Chandler does it skillfully while in this case it is as bland as a spilllane. In his private life, he neither smoked nor drank and was a house-to-house missionary for the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

In what century was that a big man? After all, the “hero” is a violent, psychopathic alcoholic whose best friend is a crooked cop.

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This is a fine — and the final — distractor in the novel: Mike Hammer, a private eye and war veteran, has just discovered that his war buddy Jack was brutally murdered. Much like the pulps written in this era, the dames are plentiful, stunningly beautiful and wil Mike Hammer investigates the murder of a former cop and war buddy, Jack Williams, in what turns out jurry be a race against the law with one determined to bring the killer to justice, the other, hell bent on exacting his own form of vengeance.


Behind the scenes of Mickry E. Apr 16, Koen Kop rated it really liked it. The guy is as one-dimensional as they come. We glared a contemptuous good morning I woke up to the alarm clock at 5 am and did knuckle pushups on the sidewalk outside the apartment building. Mike Hammer lives among comic book type action and is loved by the ladies like James Bond. Mickey Spillane was indeed a master of his craft.

It’s been filmed for the big screen at least thr If you want to read good pulp fiction, go back to the source. I, the Jury is the debut novel of American crime fiction writer Mickey Spillanethe first work to feature private investigator Mike Hammer. The first film version of I, the Jury was shot in and was released through United Artists.

Giant infodump who-dunnit at the end. Parker or Georges Simenon detective novel it is not nearly as well written,sophisticated or classy, but it is good and gritty private eye stuff.

Taking time out from his investigation on a Saturday morning, Hammer picks up Myrna Devlin and gives her a lift to an estate in the country, owned by the lovely Bellamy twins, for a gigantic all-day party. Jul 24, emily rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Me, not so much. Somewhat oddly, it’s dedicated to Spillane’s wife.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. After an unsuccessful attempt at playing tennis himself, Hammer gets rid of his sleep deficit by spending all day in his room, fast asleep, with “old junior” — his gun — close to him. Hammer’s attitude towards criminals is defined on page sixteen when he says, “They crack down on society and I crack down on them.


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I, The Jury

It is actually quite entertaining and Spillane excels at telling an exciting thrill-a-minute story. If that is the case it, at the least, indicates that like Chandler, Spillane was dissatisfied with status quo of the detective story and was attempting to inject his story with some element of realism.

Views Read Edit View history. When the dying murderer asks Hammer how he could act in such a cruel manner, Hammer gives a succinct response. Mar 11, AndrewP rated it really liked it Shelves: You are commenting using your Twitter account. The ending will hit you like a ton a bricks not because of who turns out to be the killer but because of the way Hammer tells it. Compared to a Robert B.

I would have given this book two stars, because I can’t say that I really liked it all that much, but I wasn’t reading it to like it so much as to trace the origin of a genre back a ways. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Oh, and Hammer actually would have been one of the first people this killer would have taken out and had ample opportunity to do so.

Witness this little exchange that might embarrass even a Harlequin romance writer: The suspects were all at Jack’s apartment for a party on the night of the murder. Return to Book Page.