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Title: The Body Lovers Mass Market Paperback – 30 Sep 1967


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Signet (30 Sept. 1967)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451061969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451061966
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm

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Hammer Stumbles Across A Body And He's Not Going To Let Her Killer Walk Away 11 Aug. 2014
By Dave Wilde - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
"The Body Lovers" is the tenth book in Spillane's long-running Mike Hammer series. It is solid, vintage Spillane and filled with all the action that readers expect from Spillane's writing. Anyone who likes Spillane would be happy adding this volume to their collection.

The story starts with strong and continues strong all the way throughout. At the beginning, Hammer is just driving along, minding his own business, when he "heard the screams through the thin mist of the night and kicked the car to a stop at the curb." He finds a hysterical child sitting in a pile of rubble and then sees what the kid was screaming about: "the mutilated body of what had been a redheaded woman. At one time she had been beautiful, but death had erased all that." "She had been in her later twenties, but now time had ended for her. She lay there on her back, naked except for the remnants of a brilliant green negligee that was still belted around her waist. Her breasts were poised in some weird, rigid defiance, her long tapered legs coiled serpentine-like in the throes of death." "Half-opened eyes had looked into some nameless terror before sight left them and her mouth was still frozen in a silent scream of pain." There are few writers alive or dead who can open a book with such a description. Spillane does and he does it well. Within pages, the reader is deep in the action, wanting to know what happened to the lady and how Hammer is going to deal with it. Of course finding bodies is nothing new for Hammer.

This is a good, solid detective story with Hammer working to ferret out the clues as to what happened to the redhead in the green negligee as more bodies start popping up. The usual Hammer associates are found in this book. There's Captain Pat Chambers, head of homicide, who "still resembled a trim business executive more than he did a cop . . . until you got to his eyes." Velda, who is Hammer's secretary, is here, too: His "big, beautiful, luscious doll. Crazy titian hair that rolled in a pageboy and styles be damned. Clothes couldn't hide her because she was too much woman." "She was deadly too."

It's Hammer's world here and, in typical Spillane fashion, its not rainbows and mermaids he sees spouting in the distance, but a "New York gray, damp with river fog that held in suspension the powdered grime and acid grit the city seemed to exhale." Its interesting hearing him talk about Greenwich Village being no more than a fantasy people looked around and tried to find like Hollywood and how silence is a funny sound that you hear when everything is too still and there's someone with a gun ready to pick you off.

Hammer comes through here as tough as ever and as willing to bull his way through to truth and justice as anyone ever.

There is nothing about a Mike Hammer novel that is not fun in a hardboiled way.
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