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* LotsaPeopleTryToDunIt: An InvokedTrope in ''The Twisted Thing''. After the first murder attempt fails (trying to induce a heart attack in the victim), the killer just puts a hatchet into his head, knowing that his death will lead to a confusion of crimes and suspects as his BigScrewedUpFamily scrabble for the victim's fortune.

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* LotsaPeopleTryToDunIt: An InvokedTrope in ''The Twisted Thing''. After The initial plan was to kill the first murder attempt fails (trying to induce victim (a wealthy scientist) via a heart attack in caused by the victim), stress of his son being kidnapped. When Hammer successfully recovers the boy, the killer just puts simply murders the scientist with a hatchet into his head, cleaver, knowing that his death will lead to a confusion of crimes other [[GambitPileup murders and suspects countless possible motives]] being revealed, as his BigScrewedUpFamily scrabble scramble for the victim's his fortune.



* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles: ''The Twisted Thing''. The initial plan was to kill the victim (a wealthy scientist) via a heart attack caused by the stress of his son being kidnapped. When Hammer successfully recovers the boy, the killer simply murders the scientist with a cleaver, knowing his death will lead to other [[GambitPileup murders and countless possible motives]] being revealed, as his BigScrewedUpFamily scramble for his fortune.

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* AgonizingStomachWound: In the first novel ''I, the Jury'', [[spoiler:Mike]] deliberately shoots [[spoiler:the female murderer of a friend of his]] in the stomach to enusre they die as painfully as possible.

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* ICommaNoun: ''I, the Jury'' is an early example.

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* LotsaPeopleTryToDunIt: An InvokedTrope in ''The Twisted Thing''. After the first murder attempt fails (trying to induce a heart attack in the victim), the killer just puts a hatchet into his head, knowing that his death will lead to a confusion of crimes and suspects as his BigScrewedUpFamily scrabble for the victim's fortune.


In 1947 comic book writer Mickey Spillane and his wife needed money to buy a new house. Hoping to add to his funds, Spillane wrote a novel in just nineteen days called "I, the Jury". It introduced the world to HardboiledDetective Mike Hammer, and sold six and a half million copies in the United States alone.

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In 1947 comic book writer Mickey Spillane and his wife needed money to buy a new house. Hoping to add to his funds, Spillane wrote a novel in just nineteen days called "I, ''I, the Jury".Jury''. It introduced the world to HardboiledDetective Mike Hammer, and sold six and a half million copies in the United States alone.


Hardboiled private detectives are expected to be [[KnightInSourArmor world-weary and cynical]]; [[AwesomeMcCoolname Mike Hammer]] however is [[{{Eagleland}} patriotic]] and fueled by rage at the evils of society. Hammer doesn't just bend the law; [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight he holds it in complete contempt,]] [[KnightTemplar often dishing out brutal beatings or appointing himself]] JudgeJuryAndExecutioner. Spillane would go on to create other characters, like Film/JamesBond expy Tiger Mann, but Mike Hammer is his most well known creation. The novels revel in brutal violence and (though tame by today's standards) contained more sex than the competition. Critics (both then and now) have savaged them unrelentingly, yet they continue to be popular. In 1980 Spillane was responsible for seven of the top 15 all-time bestselling fiction titles in America, and his books have been adapted into film, TV and radio productions. The 1955 ''Film/KissMeDeadly'' is regarded as a classic of FilmNoir. In the 1980s-90s version Mike was portrayed by Creator/StacyKeach.

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Hardboiled private detectives are expected to be [[KnightInSourArmor world-weary and cynical]]; [[AwesomeMcCoolname Mike Hammer]] however is [[{{Eagleland}} patriotic]] and fueled by rage at the evils of society. Hammer doesn't just bend the law; [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight he holds it in complete contempt,]] [[KnightTemplar often dishing out brutal beatings or appointing himself]] JudgeJuryAndExecutioner.

Spillane would go on to create other characters, like Film/JamesBond expy Tiger Mann, but Mike Hammer is his most well known creation. The novels revel in brutal violence and (though tame by today's standards) contained more sex than the competition. Critics (both then and now) have savaged them unrelentingly, yet they continue to be popular.

In 1980 Spillane was responsible for seven of the top 15 all-time bestselling fiction titles in America, and his books have been adapted into film, TV and radio productions. The 1955 ''Film/KissMeDeadly'' is regarded as a classic of FilmNoir. In the 1980s-90s version Mike was portrayed by Creator/StacyKeach.


->''Pulp writing at its worst was never as bad as this stuff.''

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->''Those big-shot writers could never dig the fact that there are more salted peanuts consumed than caviar... If the public likes you, you're good.''

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->''Those ->''"Those big-shot writers could never dig the fact that there are more salted peanuts consumed than caviar... If the public likes you, you're good.''"''


* FinalExchange: In the end of the novel ''I the Jury'', Hammer shoots the killer, Charlotte Bennett, in cold blood.
--> '''Bennet:''' How could you?
--> '''Hammer:''' It was easy.

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* FinalExchange: In the end of the novel ''I the Jury'', Hammer shoots the killer, Charlotte Bennett, [[spoiler:Charlotte Bennett]], in cold blood.
--> '''Bennet:''' -->'''[[spoiler:Bennet]]:''' How could you?
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'''Hammer:''' It was easy.



* IResembleThatRemark: Hammer spends an entire paragraph describing how no-one, from the biggest politician to the hardest con, would dare backchat corrupt cop Dilwick because he's a crude, murderous thug who enjoys dishing out violence and bloodshed. No-one except Mike Hammer that is; "Because I'm that way myself".

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* IResembleThatRemark: Hammer spends an entire paragraph describing how no-one, no one, from the biggest politician to the hardest con, would dare backchat corrupt cop Dilwick because he's a crude, murderous thug who enjoys dishing out violence and bloodshed. No-one No one except Mike Hammer Hammer, that is; "Because I'm that way myself".

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* FinalExchange: In the end of the novel ''I the Jury'', Hammer shoots the killer, Charlotte Bennett, in cold blood.
--> '''Bennet:''' How could you?
--> '''Hammer:''' It was easy.


Hardboiled private detectives are expected to be [[KnightInSourArmor world-weary and cynical]]; [[AwesomeMcCoolname Mike Hammer]] however is [[{{Eagleland}} patriotic]] and fueled by rage at the evils of society. Hammer doesn't just bend the law; [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight he holds it in complete contempt,]] [[KnightTemplar often dishing out brutal beatings or appointing himself]] JudgeJuryAndExecutioner. Spillane would go on to create other characters, like Film/JamesBond expy Tiger Mann, but Mike Hammer is his most well known creation. The novels revel in brutal violence and (though tame by today's standards) contained more sex than the competition. Critics (both then and now) have savaged them unrelentingly, yet they continue to be popular. In 1980 Spillane was responsible for seven of the top 15 all-time bestselling fiction titles in America, and his books have been adapted into film, TV and radio productions. The 1955 ''Film/KissMeDeadly'' is regarded as a classic of FilmNoir.

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Hardboiled private detectives are expected to be [[KnightInSourArmor world-weary and cynical]]; [[AwesomeMcCoolname Mike Hammer]] however is [[{{Eagleland}} patriotic]] and fueled by rage at the evils of society. Hammer doesn't just bend the law; [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight he holds it in complete contempt,]] [[KnightTemplar often dishing out brutal beatings or appointing himself]] JudgeJuryAndExecutioner. Spillane would go on to create other characters, like Film/JamesBond expy Tiger Mann, but Mike Hammer is his most well known creation. The novels revel in brutal violence and (though tame by today's standards) contained more sex than the competition. Critics (both then and now) have savaged them unrelentingly, yet they continue to be popular. In 1980 Spillane was responsible for seven of the top 15 all-time bestselling fiction titles in America, and his books have been adapted into film, TV and radio productions. The 1955 ''Film/KissMeDeadly'' is regarded as a classic of FilmNoir.
FilmNoir. In the 1980s-90s version Mike was portrayed by Creator/StacyKeach.


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* IndecisiveParody: The Stacy Keach version, which is too serious to be a straight-up farce, but most of it is played incredibly tongue in cheek.

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* IndecisiveParody: The Stacy Keach version, which is too serious to be a straight-up farce, farce of FilmNoir, but most of it is played incredibly tongue in cheek.


* IncrediblyLamePun: In ''Kiss Me, Deadly'' Hammer kills two Mafia hoods who try taking him for a ride, leaving them under a sign saying DEAD END.


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* VisualPun: In ''Kiss Me, Deadly'' Hammer kills two Mafia hoods who try taking him for a ride, leaving them under a sign saying DEAD END.

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* IndecisiveParody: The Stacy Keach version, which is too serious to be a straight-up farce, but most of it is played incredibly tongue in cheek.

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* RetroUniverse: The TV version with Stacy Keach is clearly set in the 1990s (the Cold War is over, and Mike makes use of personal computers), but fashions and societal mores are still in the 1940s.

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