Review of Mickey Spillane's " I the Jury"

Madan G Singh By Madan G Singh, 24th Mar 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/38ju5d86/
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Mickey Spillane was a master of the action novel. His book I the Jury is a standout novel that is worth reading

The Thriller of the last Century

It’s 2012 and I went into my old college library and asked the librarian and old friend whether I could get Mickey Spillane’s book ‘I the Jury’. It was my way of paying tribute to a man who set up the genre of the action novel.He rummaged and brought me an old dog-eared book. It was a 1953 edition and I signed for the book and took it home.

I read it in one sitting and mind you I was reading the book after almost 3 decades. I am convinced this book is the best Mickey Spillane ever wrote. It’s a pity he died in 2006 and not much was heard about him even at that time.

Mickey Spillane was a master of the art of creating a pot pourie of sex, love, revenge, murder and violence. He created a character in Mike Hammer, who in real terms was a sledge and a hammer himself. For the reader let me recap the story. It’s a simple tale of a man going out to avenge the death of his close buddy Jack who has been brutally murdered. Incidentally Jack had lost his arm in trying to save Mike Hammer during the Pacific war against the Japs. So Mike is all out for revenge and he starts from the last party Jack had attended. He hunts to death each of the attendees of that party with fiendish glee.

The killer is also hunting Mike and it has all the makings of a thriller par excellence. This novel is Mickey’s forte as he creates a heady cocktail of revenge and sex. We talk of Harold Robins now, but man you can’t beat Mickey Spillane. Can you imagine the book sold 20 million copies and created a character in Mike Hammer, who is hard as nails and loves with a macho’s gusto?

I the Jury is I feel the best book Mickey wrote. It was also made into a movie and millions read this book. The prose is simple and the language earthy. Yes, there is very little finesse in it and the critics will pan him for it, but in I the jury he creates a thrilling tale and one can agree with Mike Hammer that crime does not pay. How many know that it was the first book with the character Mike Hammer .

The book is now out of print and that is sad. Maybe people have outgrown the brand of sex and violence as brought out by Mickey. But who can forget that he was the man who launched a new era in the field of fiction. I think the best tribute to Mickey is that he was a writer who brought the period of guns, molls and crime so prevalent in America after the war alive for the reader. He mirrored society and created a man in Mike Hammer who I don’t think will die away. Not in the genre of Sherlock Holmes, but something more earthy, a hood who could tame a bigger hood.

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Gangster Novels, Mickey Spillane, Mike Hammer, Thrillers

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author avatar Madan G Singh
A man who spent his early years in Air Force. An avid writer with over4000 articles and 50 short stories published.Two novels on the anvil for publication.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
24th Mar 2012 (#)

Its basic human nature to hate and take a revenge on things that are not supposed to happen as they were unplanned.
Blind enactment and copying causes problems so the best thing to do is to forgive the person and the mill of the Creator will grind fine till the truth finally begins to emerge and that is when they who does what and when and how it came to pass that way. No one hates and has revenge in heart unless they are blinded by the fact that has never been revealed to them - the ulterior motive of the greater cause.

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author avatar Denise O
25th Mar 2012 (#)

I have never read a Mickey Spillane book. My husband said he has and he loves them. Nice review. I hope you have a wonderful Day. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Madan G Singh
26th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you Denise

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
25th Mar 2012 (#)

Madan,
Thanks for a fine review.

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author avatar Madan G Singh
26th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you lady Aiyanna

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author avatar Madan G Singh
26th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you GV

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author avatar Madan G Singh
30th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you GV

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author avatar Buzz
25th Mar 2012 (#)

Ditto GV's comment. Thanks for sharing, Madan.

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author avatar Madan G Singh
30th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you Buzz

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author avatar Delicia Powers
26th Mar 2012 (#)

They use to have an old TV show based on his novels...thanks, a great review Madan!

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author avatar Madan G Singh
30th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you Delicia

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Mar 2012 (#)

Rich tribute. Some authors live long after they are dead, though forgotten by many. Thanks Madan - siva

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author avatar Madan G Singh
30th Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks for commenting Siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
5th Apr 2012 (#)

always did enjoy Mickey Spillane and the films made of his writings...thank you for bringing this back into my awareness...

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author avatar Madan G Singh
5th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you cnwriter

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