News for week ending 2018-03-17 (open thread)

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Parker, Reacher, Hammer: Macho series characters suddenly hot

Hollywood gets on kicks all the time. In 1997, we had the Year of the Volcano (Volcano, Dante’s Peak), followed in 1998 by the Year of the Meteor (Armageddon, Deep Impact), which was also the Year of the Animated Insect (A Bug’s Life, Antz) on the Chinese movie calendar.

It looks like 2013 will […]

Movie review: The Delta Factor (1970)

According to Mickey Spillane’s friend and posthumous collaborator Max Allan Collins, Spillane’s disappointment with producing the movie based on The Delta Factor was a major reason for Spillane setting aside his incomplete manuscript of the novel’s sequel, The Consummata.

Too bad Mickey was so disappointed, because this cheapie is in many ways a […]

Hard Case Crime review: The Consummata by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins (#103)

The Consummata by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins

“FRIEND, YOU’RE TALKING TO A GUY WITH A PRICE ON HIS HEAD AND THE POLICE AT HIS BACK…”

Compared to the $40 million the cops think he stole, seventy-five thousand dollars may not sound like much. But it’s all the money in the world to the struggling Cuban exiles of Miami who rescued […]

Review: The Delta Factor by Mickey Spillane

When I was looking for an image to swipe for my review of The Delta Factor by Mickey Spillane, I came across this review by Bill Crider (and I totally swiped the image). It does a good job of summing up the negatives, and some of the positives, of the novel to the […]

Max Allan Collins Remembers Donald Westlake

Collins is, of course, the author of the Nolan series of Parker pastiches among many, many other books. He is currently working on finishing unfinished Mickey Spillane novels, at the request of Spillane himself.

This is a great piece. Donald Westlake seems to have touched a […]