Spillane, Mickey

Spillane, Mickey
orig. Frank Morrison Spillane

born March 9, 1918, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S.

U.S. writer of pulp detective fiction.

He initially wrote for pulp magazines and comic books in order to pay for his schooling. His first novel, I, The Jury (1947), introduced the detective Mike Hammer, who later appeared in works from My Gun Is Quick (1950) to Black Alley (1996). His other novels, all characterized by violence and sexual licentiousness, include The Deep (1961), a series with the international agent Tiger Mann beginning with Day of the Guns (1964), and The Killing Man (1989). Spillane claimed to write solely for monetary gain and flouted literary taste with recurring elements of sadism that disturbed some readers, but the captivating vigour of his narrative and of his central characters brought him popular success.

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▪ 2007
Frank Morrison Spillane 
      American writer (b. March 9, 1918, Brooklyn, N.Y.—d. July 17, 2006, Murrells Inlet, S.C.), flouted literary taste with recurring elements of sadism in detective fiction that was characterized by violence and sexual licentiousness, but the captivating vigour of his narrative and central characters brought him popular success. Spillane began his career by writing for pulp magazines and comic books. His first novel—I, the Jury (1947)—introduced detective Mike Hammer, who appeared in other works, such as My Gun Is Quick (1950) and The Big Kill (1951). Kiss Me, Deadly (1952) was made into a highly successful movie (1955). In the early 1950s Spillane retired from writing after he became a Jehovah's Witness. Ten years later he resumed his career with The Deep (1961). Spillane returned to the Mike Hammer series with The Girl Hunters (1962). He also was a scriptwriter for and played the role of Hammer in the novel's film adaptation (1963). Later books in the series included The Killing Man (1989) and Black Alley (1996). In addition to movies, the Mike Hammer character was featured in popular television series, the first of which starred Darren McGavin (McGavin, Darren ) (q.v.). Spillane initiated a new book series with Day of the Guns (1964), which centred on the international agent Tiger Mann. Among his other books were The Last Cop Out (1973) and the children's book The Day the Sea Rolled Back (1979).

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▪ American author
pseudonym of  Frank Morrison Spillane  
born March 9, 1918, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S.
died July 17, 2006, Murrells Inlet, S.C.

      American writer of detective fiction, whose popular work is characterized by violence and sexual licentiousness.

      Spillane began his career by writing for pulp magazines and comic books in order to pay for his schooling. His first novel—I, The Jury (1947)—introduced detective Mike Hammer, who appeared in other works, such as My Gun Is Quick (1950) and The Big Kill (1951). Kiss Me, Deadly (1952) was made into a highly successful movie (1955). In the early 1950s Spillane retired from writing after he became a Jehovah's Witness. Ten years later he resumed his career with The Deep (1961).

      Spillane returned to the Mike Hammer series with The Girl Hunters (1962). He also wrote the script for and played the role of Hammer in the novel's film adaptation (1963). Later books in the series include The Killing Man (1989) and Black Alley (1996). In addition to movies, the Mike Hammer character was also featured in two popular television series. Spillane initiated a new book series with Day of the Guns (1964), which centred on the international agent Tiger Mann. Among his other books are The Last Cop Out (1973) and the children's book The Day the Sea Rolled Back (1979).

      Spillane, who claimed to write solely for monetary gain, flouted literary taste with recurring elements of sadism that disturbed some readers, but the captivating vigour of his narrative and of his central characters brought him popular success.

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