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    Mickey Spillane. Partial Typescript for Lady, Go Die! [No place: circa 1947]. Original typescript of the second chapter of an unpublished (in Spillane's lifetime) sequel to I, the Jury.

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    Mickey Spillane. Partial Typescript for Lady, Go Die! [No place: circa 1947]. Original typescript of the second chapter of an unpublished (in Spillane's lifetime) sequel to I, the Jury. Lady, Go Die! was eventually finished in 2012 by Spillane's literary executor, Max Allan Collins, in 2012. Loose quarto sheets. 27 leaves, numbered 11-37, printed recto only, occasional holographic corrections. Three additional leaves of a mechically reproduced typescript for the first chapter of I Walk Behind You, which were apparently assimilated into the eighth chapter of Lady, Go Die! Pages brown, as expected; edges worn with occasional minor paper loss. Very good. From the Estate of Mickey Spillane.

    According to Max Allan Collins: "Reading it closely, I realized this was the second Mike Hammer novel - with references to Hammer's previous investigation, 'the Williams case.'  That was I, the Jury (1947), the first Hammer novel and a modern classic of crime fiction. There were difficulties.  The fragment began with Chapter Two, and ran out at the end of Chapter Four.  But they were lengthy chapters, and amounted to a good eighty pages (typically, Mickey wrote ten to thirteen chapters).  This would be the first time I had to write the first chapter myself - and Spillane was famous for his strong opening chapters. Further, this was the shortest of the substantial manuscripts.  Going through the Spillane material, I found a 1960s opening chapter that dealt with a similar series of serial killings.  I tried using it as the opening chapter, but the carpentry required was just too elaborate." ("Lady, Go Die!: A Behind The Scenes Look At Completing Mickey Spillane's Lost 'Mike Hammer' Novels," litreactor.com).



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