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Summary

Stacy Keach stars as Mickey Spillane's hardboiled private eye Mike Hammer in "The Little Death."

Private eye Mike Hammer is no stranger to murder, but this time he has two to untangle - the killing of the Captain, a legless, homeless panhandler, dismissed by the police as minor, and the slaying of gambling kingpin Marty Wellman, whose lady friend, Helen Venn, turns to the P.I. for help when the Mob fingers her for the next kill. Seems the new kingpin, Carmen Rich - with whom Hammer has a violent history - thinks Helen made off with ten mil in skim money courtesy of her late lover, or anyway, so Rich claims. But Mike Hammer knows a damsel in distress when he sees one and takes up Helen's cause, igniting a series of hit attempts on the P.I. by a small army of out-of-town shooters - some as far out of town as Cuba. Such minor distractions can't prevent the toughest detective of them all from solving two murders and avenging a "little death" in a big way.

©2009 Falcon Picture Group, LLC. (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Audie Award Winner, Original Work, 2011

Vol. 1 of this Blackstone series was a finalist for the prestigious 2009 Audie® Award for Distinguished Achievement in Production. Here Vol. 2 continues this fully-dramatized "theater-of-the-mind" audio adventure enhanced with sound effects and music.

What listeners say about The New Adventures of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, Vol. 2

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So bad it's good! Gum shoe detective

Very tongue in cheek production, I wouldn't use a credit on it but worth a listen if on membership.
I loved how he racked a cricket score of dead bodies throughout the plot line. Plot line and ending can be seen from a mile off , but enjoyable rubbish

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I liked it

Very much of its time , a touch sexist and a bit cheesy in parts but enjoyable

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Mike Hammer with a cell?

Love the old Mike Hammer stories, especially the era in which they are set, so a bit of the ordinary hearing Mike Hammer in the modern world

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  • 13-06-14

Relentless psychos

Few readers are better suited to their characters than Stacy Keach to Mike Hammer. His leathery growl brings Hammer, a private eye who's a relentless psychopath to life--making him almost sympathetic. Best exchange in the book? Something like this:

Hammer: "Honey, fix your skirt. I'm only human."

Velda: "Suffer!"

Easy listening. Fun, too.

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  • Inkling
  • 12-06-10

Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer

The Stories are what they are, old fashioned now, with vigilante stabbings and shootings aplenty. Accompanying the Mike Hammer and Velda characters there is always sexual undertone. I enjoyed the wonderful voice of stacy Keach and his rendition of Mike Hammer. It's well worth a listen.

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  • James
  • 30-01-13

Great narration and sound effects

The narration and sound effects made this book a lot of fun to listen to. Stacy Keach did an awsome job.

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  • Stanley Thornton
  • 19-01-22

A clever fast-paced thriller.

A classic Mike Hammer story a la Mickey Spillane. Expertly told by Stacey Keach and an ideal cast. Surrounded by the timely Harlem Nocturne theme.

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  • HRM
  • 30-05-21

Very nostalgic

The production was done very well, without all the talk overs and loud background. The story will take the listener back to time Bogart detective Era.

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  • Ted Jr
  • 26-03-21

Camped Out

"Camp" styled classic Mickey Spillane. Enjoyable story short and predictable. Just what I wanted for a short chore distraction.

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  • Christian Beck
  • 16-09-20

Cheesy and outdated for a current day story

Almost unbearable to listen to. So cheesy and outdated. Gave up after a half hour.

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  • Gudrun
  • 18-04-14

True to the style of Mike Hammer

Not to be taken too seriously, but this book kept to the genre and was a pleasant listen.

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  • Mary Specht
  • 05-09-13

Entertaining On A Long Ride In A Car.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it is a great mystery.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, when a person is missing like his partner.

What does Stacy Keach bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Love to listen to his voice and pronounced his words so clear.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The many secrets of New York City.

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  • John W. Wilcox
  • 10-08-12

The 45 colt speaks

Would you consider the audio edition of The New Adventures of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, Vol. 2 to be better than the print version?

Yes because of Stacy Keach's incredible narration. He brings Mike Hammer to life, and what a life.

Which scene was your favorite?

On the beach at the finale.