“The next time you pull a gun on me I put one between your eyes.”
Private investigator Mike Hammer and the beautiful Velda go on vacation to a small beach town on Long Island after wrapping up the Williams case from I, the Jury. Walking along the boardwalk, they witness a brutal beating at the hands of some vicious local cops - and Hammer wades in to defend the victim.
When a woman turns up naked - and dead - astride the statue of a horse in the town’s park, how she wound up this unlikely Lady Godiva is just one of the mysteries Hammer feels compelled to solve.
This is Mickey Spillane’s lost, never-before-published 1940s Mike Hammer novel, written between I, the Jury and My Gun Is Quick. Completed by Spillane’s friend and literary executor Max Allan Collins, Lady, Go Die! is finally making its way out into the world almost seventy years after its inception.
If you could sum up Lady, Go Die! in three words, what would they be?
Typical mediocre Spillane.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
Surprised, while also relieved to have finally arrived. A bit of a trudge to get there.
Have you listened to any of Stacy Keach’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have not. I have heard his narration, but not book reading performances. Keach is getting older and slower, and I detect some kind of speech impediment that makes me think I am listening to a person who sufferred a minor stroke.
All of this is okay, but I was hearing shades of "Mike Hammer" (the main character and narrator).
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Any additional comments?
For fans of Spillane only.
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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
This story, unpublished during Mickey Spillane's lifetime is enjoyable...if you like this kind of drama.
What didn’t you like about Stacy Keach’s performance?
His gravely monotone voice that sounds like he smoked one too many cigarettes in his lifetime is really frustrating and difficult to listen to. I kept wanting to clear my throat or take a drink of water. It also made it difficult to follow who was speaking.
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What made the experience of listening to Lady, Go Die! the most enjoyable?
Stacy Keach will always (for me) be the voice of Mike Hammer. I can't imagine anyone else reading it so well. The story was both engaging and entertaining. Stacy's voice brought the character to life in a way that another voice actor would not have managed. Kept me entertained on the long commutes to and from work.
What other book might you compare Lady, Go Die! to, and why?
The story is very much in Mickey Spillane's usual style, having read quite a few of the novels this felt familiar despite being a previously unreleased work.
What about Stacy Keach’s performance did you like?
Stacy's performance as Mike Hammer stayed true to the character I had known from both books and TV/movies, without being overly dramatic or theatrical he brought the book and setting alive for me.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
If I had 9 hours to spare I would have happily listened to the book in a single sitting.
Any additional comments?
Great value for money and a great read.