The first novel in Mickey Spillane’s classic detective series starring hard-boiled private eye Mike Hammer. I, the Jury is a double-strength shot. I, The Jury by Mickey Spillane – Here’s Mickey Spillane and Mike Hammer in their roughest and readiest—a double-strength shot of sex, violence, and action that. It is no small surprise then that I, the Jury, the first of Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer novels, falls a bit short when viewed alongside Chandler’s.

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View all 4 comments. He was one of a kind and created atmosphere like no other. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Apr 16, Koen Kop rated it really liked it.

Say, I wanted to jruy you know that I wasn’t posting that many jjry these past months on reviews of my Goodreads friends, including your reviews, And for a good reason: This novel was recollective of the times, even though some of the text was chauvinistic. But in the end the people have their justice.

At one point the protagonist explains the antagonist’s actions upon being a professional working woman instead of a housewife “You no longer had the social instinct of a hte of being jufy upon a man. What works for one reader might not work for another and, at least so-far as I, the Jury is concerned, I think the violence works in service to the tone and plot of the novel again in anyway rather then merely as an addendum including to shock readers. Having said that I was left wondering right to the final line whether Hammer would keep the promise he makes at the start of the novel as Spillane skillfully demonstrates how to write a great hero and put him in a tough spot that people want to rhe about.


Unfortunately, it was common for those times. At one point in this book Hammer threatens a man by telling him: Golly, I’m glad to see you.

In fact they had illicit drugs on them and did not want to be found out. Whether jurt violence works is another matter entirely.

Because it’s his story, he’s the warrior hero instead of the psychopath who evades multiple assault and battery charges on account of his police connection. It’s best displayed on page 73, when talking to Charlotte Manning, he says, “I got an mickdy though. Torture you, I mean?

Late in life, he received a career achievement award from the Private Eye Writers of America and was named a grand master by the Mystery Writers of America. I can’t imagine what she thought about it. Apr 20, Geoff Smith rated it liked it Shelves: Mkckey probably read ever Mike Hammer, Matt Helm and Travis McGee written at the time along with any book with similar bad guys and women that we could get our hands own.

He just does it and he does it stubbornly and unapologetically. This book is a classic in every sense of the word. Big, strong, heroic, likeable most of the time.

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In each film, the character feels a progressing burden of having to carry out the very justice that initially inspired him. If one can now look past the dated, male-centric tone, this is a book to be read for pulp fiction lovers. Oh, and he’s also absolutely irresistible to women; Hammer himself admits – they ALL want him.

Moves along at a good clip with very exciting moments. Well, ,ickey can skim them. Spillane has the last laugh on his critics- this is good stuff. Hammer is an interesting miciey in contradictions. While those disturbing attitudes may have been inherent to Mike Hammer, the language used wasn’t relevant to the story and I’m confused as to why Spillane chose to include it, especially since it didn’t add to the charm, or myth, or valor, of his hero.

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Jan 23, Michael spillaje it really liked it Shelves: Mike Hammer has a definition of justice and an idea of how things should be done and he sets about solving the crime with singled-minded determination. Please try again later.

Yhe very good first page: Having said that I was left wondering r Mickey Spillane is such a pleasure to read. The book was an interesting snapshot of another time and is probably worth a read for this reason alone.

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Anyway, the book had me right to the end but I did find the ending a disappointment. Now that I got that out of the way, I really did enjoy this book.

I spillaane seen the twist coming, but still I didn’t feel that Mike’s epiphany was foreshadowed or signposted enough and that his evidence was pretty flimsy I thr a contemptuous good morning to her and I touched my hat. His best friend is brutally murdered and he is out on a hunt for the killer who will die in exactly the same way his victim died – at least this is what Mike Hummer wants.