Vengeance Is Mine! - Mickey Spillane 1950 - E. P. Dutton & Company, New York - First Edition First edition of the third Mike Hammer mystery, in a sexy bright dust jacket, that is usually found in much poorer condition.

Mike Hammer wakes up in a hotel room and the buddy he went on a blackout bender with last night has a fresh hole in his chest. The finger of suspicion is pointed his way. When it’s ruled a suicide, he’s cut loose, but his P.I. license is revoked. Hammer smells murder, and nothing’s going to keep him off the trail. As he untangles the web of corruption from the outside, the bodies start piling up. Hammer will need to keep his wits about him, and his .45 ready, on the hunt for justice – and vengeance. Yes, of course there is a blonde... her name is Juno.
  Frank Morrison ‘Mickey’ Spillane (1918-2006) born Brooklyn, New York City. Spillane started writing while at high school. During the Second World War, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and became a fighter pilot and instructor. He wrote his first novel, I, the Jury (1947), in six weeks in order to raise the money to buy a house, it sold six and a half million copies in the USA, and introduced Spillane's most famous character, hardboiled PI Mike Hammer. Spillane wrote five more Hammer novels before becoming a Jehova’s witness in 1952, a decade later he returned to Hammer, starting with The Girl Hunters. By 1980 the US all-time fiction best-seller list of fifteen titles boasted seven by Spillane, and more than 225 million copies of his books have sold internationally. He was uniformly disliked by critics, owing to the high content of sex and violence in his books. However, he was later praised by American mystery writers Max Alan Collins and William L. DeAndrea, as well as artist Markus Lüpertz, and In 1995 he was named a Grandmaster by the Mystery Writers of America. The novelist Ayn Rand, a friend of Spillane's, appreciated the black-and-white morality of his books. Spillane remained an active Jehovah's Witness.

Octavo (19.5 x 13.5 cm) pp. 255 [1]. In publisher's blue/pale blue textured cloth, spine blocked in gilt outlining lettering. Dust jacket priced $2.50 to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Near fine, two small spots to fold of spine, very slight partial toning to endpapers, in very good plus dust jacket, bright and without fading to spine, wear to corners and flap folds, rubbing to head of spine, small crease along lower edge of front panel.   Ref: 109092   Price: HK$ 8,000