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Book review: 'Kiss Her Goodbye' by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins
Book review: 'Kiss Her Goodbye' by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins

The new Mike Hammer novel "Kiss Her Goodbye" is preceded by a note from its co-author, Max Allan Collins, who explains that Mickey Spillane, the week before his death in July 2006, told his wife, "When I'm gone … [t]ake everything you find and give it to Max — he'll know what to do." A reputedly astute businessman as well as a crime-writing legend, Spillane was right to place his trust in Collins, an outspoken fan and, since the early 1980s when they met at a mystery convention, a friend and sometime collaborator. A prolific novelist (the award-winning Nathan Heller series, the graphic novel "Road to Perdition"), Collins clearly did...

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