Hardboiled crime novel
by Mickey Spillane
. Published in 1947
, it is Spillane's first novel and the first appearance of his detective Mike Hammer
. I, the Jury
was written in only nine days; hardcover sales were poor, but it sold like gangbusters in paperback, spawning a whole series of Hammer novels.
The last line of the book remains a classic of noir fiction: when asked how he could shoot the book's villainess in cold blood, Hammer replies "It was easy."
Also, a mix tape I made in the early 1990s. The image I had in my mind as I selected the songs from my stack of singles was of a 1950s private eye standing alone and desolate on an empty street at night, leaning against his '57 Cadillac. Listening to it again, I am shocked to find that I somehow failed to put "Sleepwalk" by Santo and Johnny on it. Maybe when I eventually re-create it on CD I'll rectify that. I've found that it's a great tape to play when you're out driving alone at night, playing pool, or just sitting and wondering what the hell went wrong with your life.
I, THE JURY
- Peter Gunn Theme - Henry Mancini
- Harlem Nocturne - The Viscounts
- I Put A Spell On You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
- Rumble - Link Wray
- Runaway - Del Shannon
- Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
- In Dreams - Roy Orbison
- Blue Velvet - Bobby Vinton
- The Crying Game - Dave Berry