Title: The Long Wait
Author: Spillane, Mickey
Publisher: Signet, New York
Publication Date: 1951
Edition: First Signet Edition. Thirty-ninth Printing.
Book Condition: G
Comments: Spine has tear at bottom.
Synopsis: The Long Wait is not a part of Mickey Spillane’s classic and infamous Mike Hammer series. Instead, it’s the story of an amnesiac who invades a corrupt small town in order to avenge the death of a friend. Unsure of who he even is, our “hero” finds himself trapped in a brutal world of violent criminals, evil rich men, and sexy femme fatales — in short, every classic element of pulp fiction is included in this often ludicrous yet strangely intriguing book. Obviously, anyone who begins a Spillane novel looking for a cohesive, logical plot is already starting off on the wrong foot. However, the plot of The Long Wait defies any and all logic even by Spillane’s standards. However, Spillane so credibly creates this absurd world of his that only the most analytical of readers couldn’t be swept up into it. Make no mistake about it, this is not a book written for “our time.” The violence is brutal, the portrayal of women is defiantly sexist, and we never forget that our hero is really a bit of a jerk. And, though it might not be fashionable to admit, there’s a great release to reading Spillane’s delightfully amoral prose. He might not be describing a life we’d ever choose to live but that doesn’t mean his world isn’t occasionally fun to visit.