Death of Mickey Spillane

March 9, 1918 - July 17, 2006
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina | Age 88

Creator of tough-guy detective Mike Hammer, dies at 88
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Mickey Spillane created tough guy detective Mike Hammer, whose savage, shoot-'em-up exploits wowed millions and influenced Hollywood's film noir movement. But he considered himself a writer, not an author.

Books by writers, he said, are the ones that sell.

"This is an income-generating job," he told The Associated Press in a 2001 interview. "Fame was never anything to me unless it afforded me a good livelihood.

"The macho mystery writer died Monday at 88. Spillane's...

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