The Goliath Bone
The Goliath Bone
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780151014545, 288pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2008
In the midst of a Manhattan snowstorm, Hammer halts the violent robbery of a pair of college sweethearts who have stumbled onto a remarkable archaeological find in the Valley of Elah: the perfectly preserved femur ofwhat may have been the biblical giant Goliath. Hammer postpones his marriage to his faithful girl Friday, Velda, to fight a foe deadlier than the mobsters and KGB agents of his pastIslamic terrorists and Israeli extremists bent upon recovering the relic for their own agendas.A week before his death, Mickey Spillane entrusted a substantial portion of this manuscript and extensive notes to his frequent collaborator, Max Allan Collins, to complete. The result is a thriller as classic as Spillane's own "I, the Jury," as compelling as Collins's "Road to Perdition," and as contemporary as "The Da Vinci Code.
MICKEY SPILLANE (19182006) sold hundreds of millions of books. He introduced Mike Hammer to readers in 1947 with I, the Jury and was named a British Crime Writers' Association Grand Master in 1995.
MAX ALLAN COLLINS is the author of Saving Private Ryan and the bestselling graphic novel Road to Perdition, among other works. He lives in Muscatine, Iowa.
PRAISE FOR MICKEY SPILLANE
"Mike Hammer is an icon of our culture."The New York Times
"A superb writer. Spillane is one of the century’s bestselling authors."The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) PRAISE FOR MAX ALLAN COLLINS
"Max Allan Collins is the closest thing we have to a 21st century Mickey Spillane."ThisWeek (Ohio)
"Collins’ witty, hardboiled prose would make Raymond Chandler proud."Entertainment Weekly