“fans of the originals are likely to be satisfied” – Publishers Weekly
“Collins has done an admirable service in not just continuing a popular series, but giving the tough guy detective more humanity. It’s subtle—a remark here, an observation there—and doesn’t detract from the take-no-prisoners character that Hammer has been for seventy years. It’s just that friendships with Pat Chambers and love for Velda have only deepened in all the right ways.
Spillane has said that true heroes never die, and the same undoubtedly can be said of his greatest creation, Mike Hammer.” – Criminal Element
“no better reading news than a newly released Mike Hammer novel, at least not in my world” - Noir Journal
“Collins has done a masterful job of sticking to the form and treating modern readers to this mid-20th-century style of American mystery writing.” – BookReporter