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Skin: A Mike Hammer Story    by Mickey Spillane & Max Allan Collins order for
by Mickey Spillane
Order:  USA  Can
Penguin, 2012 (2012)
* * *   Reviewed by Wanda Plourde

Private investigator Mike Hammer finds a corpse on the side of the road. The body is so pulverized that the sex of the victim cannot be identified, though a disembodied hand lies beside it. Mike might be getting older, but he hasn't lost his knack and he is taking on this case.

As police tape off the crime scene and search for clues, the beautiful Melodie Anderson arrives with her cameraman in tow. She is a reporter who wants to get in on the investigation, so she will have first dibs on the story.

But the sexy reporter goes missing and Mike feels that there is something not quite right. He believes that she has been abducted by the murderer and is in great danger. As Mike starts to pull clues together he comes across a hideous murder method in a barn. The race is on and the possiblilty of escaping peril is slim.

I remember Mike Hammer stories on television when I was younger and they have always intrigued me - full of action, beautiful ladies and a twist that could make your heart stop. This one is right up there, fast and furious, and leaving readers prone to nightmares. A great read, especially on a dark and stormy night.

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