My usual daily dash up the local Co-op supermarket for essentials, ie wine and beer, took a different turn yesterday. One that involved some well read pulp fiction. Walking past the pop-up charity book stand on the exit I found myself doing a double take. Sat staring at me in lime green and hot pink typeface spelt the words MICKEY SPILLANE KISS ME, DEADLY. The letters splashed out across the Corgi Books maroon cover. 60s artwork of our hero Mike Hammer jumping, with his side arm ready, from what could be a convertible Ford Galaxie Sunliner. Yep I slammed the breaks on and stopped in my tracks. Man I loved that film. Wolfman Review for Kiss Me, Deadly (1955) here.
I walked passed that stand many times over the years. Gave it a quick glance once in awhile. It never had anything of interest. Got used to just walking on by, never giving it a second look. Then with a cheeky smile, giving me a tough but cool private eye wink, was Mike Hammer. Had to pick it up. 50p or 3 for a pound? 50p is great, there won’t be anything else? Then I pull out three more Mickey Spillane tales of the hard-boiled detective. My Gun Is Quick, The Twisted Thing and The Long Wait.
Damn this is cool. The lock down blues drifting in the air. Then I spied the Film Noir classic Double Indemnity by author James M Cain. Had to add that. Plus it contained two other stories inside it’s saucy cover. Career In C Major and the great sounding title of The Embezzler. Ok one more to make 6 for £2.
Hang on what’s that one. The Hoods? The inside story of New York gangster life, by one of the few men left alive to tell it…… Harry Grey. Ok I didn’t know who he was but it sounded real interesting. That’s it. Six for two quid. Damn it! I suddenly realise I’ve no change for the honesty tin. We all using contact-less card payments. Lucky I had a fiver in my wallet. No one uses real money at the moment! Quickly I ran round the shop thinking of something to buy for a pound to get some change. What do I buy to go with my beer, wine and pulp fiction? The posh sounding but cheap as chips ice cream classic with the fancy name….. Viennetta. Now I can look right sophisticated and intellectual…
It was a nice surprise. Haven’t bought anything in six weeks. Of course I’m probably never gonna read them. To be honest the print type is so small I don’t think my eyes can take it. However I do fancy finding out if Kiss Me, Deadly is as bonkers as the film? Also interested on seeing if the flowing saucy banter from Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray in the movie Double Indemnity is in fact from the novel? Plus I’m very intrigued by that title The Embezzler. So I might need to invest in a magnifying glass. Has anyone read any of them? Feel free to let me know if you wish.
Hope you all keeping well, safe and entertained.