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A floating timeline is sometimes a useful device. For instance, if one is writing a series of novels, by keeping the lead character the same age but updating the setting, the narrative will remain current. Richard Stark’s Parker, as an example, was the same strong and ruthless professional in the twenty-first century as he was in the sixties. The same thing is true with Micky Spillane’s Mike Hammer, a tough and brutal veteran, who continues as the hardest PI in New York for decades. We as readers, we as fans, except these contradictions and don’t think about them too hard. Which makes ‘The Killing Man’, where Spillane sets up the internal logic of these books like a house of cards, then swings a baseball bat at it, all the more head spinning. At the end the reader might think he’s taken a blow to the back of the head.

In a way hearing Mike Hammer talk about AIDS and Ronald Reagan is as strange as reading about P.G.Wodehouse’s Uncle Fred character “doing the rock’n’roll’. It's so incongruous for this charcater, but you’re a fan and you go with it. What makes it all the more confusing, baffling and flabbergasting in ‘The Killing Man’ though, is that even though this is the 80s – with coke and computers abundant in the plot – Mike Hammer is still demonstrably a World War Two veteran. There is no fudging, no suggestion it might have been a different vaguer war he fought in (Korea? Vietnam?) No, he is still the same strong and powerful NYC detective, able to wrestle any grown man to the ground (while making gorgeous dames go weak at the knees) even in his – presumably – advancing years. As I said, the reader tries not to think about these things too hard, but sometimes the author sneaks up behind him and makes it incredibly difficult.

All that being said, ‘The Killing Man’ is a vastly entertaining entry in the series. Hammer’s beloved secretary is found knocked out in his office, along with the mutilated corpse of a mobster and a note from an international hitman. Hammer being Hammer, he swears bloody revenge. There is international intrigue, a sexy as hell lawyer, an appearance by The Manchester Guardian and more fists thrown and bullets fired than at a saloon brawl in a John Wayne western. I’m not sure the whole thing holds together that well, but Hammer watchers will note that Spillane doesn’t take the path so many of these books take and the whole thing is a lot of brutal fun.

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