THE LOST FIRST MIKE HAMMER THRILLER! The lost book that begins the iconic Mike Hammer series by Mickey Spillane, finally completed by Max Allan Collins, author of Road to Perdition.
“When someone frames me for rape and murder, I take it personal…”
Mike Hammer steals a ride on a train upstate to Killington. But he arrives to a nasty surprise; he is accused by police of raping and murdering a young woman near the freight yards. Roughed up by the cops and facing a murder charge, Hammer’s fate looks bleak until a beautiful blonde, Melba Charles–daughter of Senator Charles–gives him an unexpected alibi. But there is a price for clearing his name: he is to marry her.
Why would Melba jump in to save a man she has never met before? And, more to the point, where is the real murderer?