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Would you consider the audio edition of Kill Me, Darling to be better than the print version?
Stacy Keach... Mike Hammer is alive and well... and living in South Beach... Miami Beach, Florida
Who was your favorite character and why?
The Hammer... of course
Just finished listening to, "Kill Me, Darling," by Max Allan Collins, from an unfinished manuscript by Mickey Spillane, read by Stacy Keach.
If you've never read, or heard a hard-boiled, noir, crime detective novel this book would be a fantastic place to start.
This work has it all: a hard-as-nails, hard drinking, cynical, yet soft, all-masculine, ladies' man protagonist prone to both violence, vengeance and murder, the inimitable PI Mike Hammer, Dames, dames, dames (some of whom are cops, some of whom are strippers, some of whom...well, I won't spoil THAT), cops, grizzled cops, good cops, bad cops, dirty cops, drugs, alcohol, lots and lots of alcohol, gangster, Italian gangsters, Jewish gangsters, drugs (did I mention drugs?), double/crosses, fists, lots of hard-punching fists, guns, sharks, boats, death, LOTS of death, more dames, fedoras, shoulder holsters, Miami, Miami Beach, New York City, classy joints, seedy joints, whiskey-soaked, ink-stained, cynical journalists (my favorite part!), an incredible narrator in Stacy Keach (he played Hammer for several years on TV, and he has the perfect world-wearily voice to bring life and depth to the character), and one helluva surprise ending that completely explains the title, but one that you will never see, or hear, coming, just like the bright orange sunburst flash of a silenced .22!
This is a modern masterpiece.