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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Farewell, Mike Hammer

Mickey Spillane, the creator of the Mike Hammer and a giant in the hardboiled mystery genre, died this past Monday at the age of 88.

Born in 1918, Spillane's first Hammer novel was published in 1946--though he'd written comics before that time. He starred in the movies made about his books. While he wrote another series, it was the Mike Hammer ones he was most famous for. They sold more than 100 million copies.

His work earned him lifetime achievement awards from the Mystery Writers of America and the Private Eye Writers of America.

Sleep well, Mr. Spillane.

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