The man behind Mike Hammer died yesterday at 88 after a long illness. I started reading Spillane with the last two reprint paperbacks on the shelf at Barnes & Noble. His works were later released in two omnibuses I haven't gotten around to. Along with Hammett and Chandler, his lean, fast, violent prose popularized the hardboiled genre.
Spillane's death catalyzed a poem I'd been working on, and I've queried Crimespree about it.
UPDATE (10:58 AM): Crimespree editor Jon Jordan has accepted the poem for the News Bits section of Issue 14.