I had picked up a copy of The Big Kill a little time ago. I wanted to read the first Mike Hammer story. I’ve been avoiding the Hammer series, in favor of Spillane’s other books, because the First Reader said he wasn’t fond of Hammer.
I settled into a hot bath, hoping to finish flushing the allergens out of my system, and then got out and marched over to him (only dripping a little).
“Here. Read the first page and a half.”
He sat there, quietly reading, for a few minutes.
Can I just say there is something about half tone and the loss of detail that you just can’t match in our hi-def world? Maybe it’s just me. I do like minimalism, and the suggestion that allows your imagination to fill in the blanks. Like Spillane’s writing. Set the scene. Switch to dialogue. The reader immerses themselves.