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July 17, 2006

Mickey Spillane Taking a Dirt Nap

The guy invented the "Hard Boiled Dick."  The template for all the tough-guy action heroes who followed.  From the first page of I, the Jury:

"In there.  The words hit me hard. In there was my best friend lying on the floor dead.  The body. Now I could call it that.  Yesterday it was Jack Williams, the guy that shared the same mud bed with me through two years of warfare in the stinking slime of the jungle. Jack, the guy who said he'd give his right arm for a friend and did when he stopped a bastard of a Jap from slitting me in two.  He caught the bayonet in the biceps, and they amputated his arm."

So long Mickey. Here's hoping there's a big blonde waiting for you up there in tough-guy heaven. 


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