Mickey Spillane Dead at 88

CNN BREAKING: Mystery writer Mickey Spillane has died at 88 at his home in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.

Mickey Spillane, the macho mystery writer who wowed millions of readers with the shoot-’em-up sex and violence of gumshoe Mike Hammer, died Tuesday. He was 88. Spillane’s death was confirmed by Brad Stephens of Goldfinch Funeral Home in his hometown of Murrells Inlet. Details about his death were not immediately available.

After starting out in comic books Spillane wrote his first Mike Hammer novel, “I, the Jury,” in 1946. Twelve more followed, with sales topping 100 million. Notable titles included “The Killing Man,” “The Girl Hunters” and “One Lonely Night.” Many of these books were made into movies, including the classic film noir “Kiss Me, Deadly” and “The Girl Hunters,” in which Spillane himself starred.

Hammer stories were also featured on television in the series “Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer” and in made-for-TV movies. In the 1980s, Spillane appeared in a string of Miller Lite beer commercials.

I didn’t realize the man was still alive. He was certainly an iconic figure in the genre.

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Comments

  1. BigFire says:

    As far as I know, he’s the only mystery/detective writer who gets to start as his own creation in a movie adoptation of his novel. The Girl Hunter

  2. McGehee says:

    I didn�t realize the man was still alive.

    That was pretty much my reaction too.