Released July 2012
Max Allan Collins
Book Review by Jen Beams
As I read in the author’s note, the first author, Mickey Spillane, left manuscripts for many short stories for his co-author, Max Allan Collins, to finish and publish after Spillane’s death. This particular story is from later in Spillane's career and it seems there is an entire Mike Hammer series. I’d definitely read more of these stories. If Collins were to combine these short stories into a collection, it’s something I’d absolutely invest in.
I expected more virtue from Detective Hammer. The ending was especially cruel of him, but I'll leave it to the reader to discover what I mean. However, not having read about any of his other mysteries, I wouldn’t know about a probable backstory to his less-than-moral conduct. Part of me wanted to read more character development and more details regarding the motive of the deranged murderer, while part of me was glad to be left to use my imagination for certain aspects you come across while reading Skin. Plus, it is a short story and by its nature, would not contain as many details as a novel.
Overall, I was impressed with the story and it was a quick and easy read; perfect for the busy man or woman. I would like to read more from Spillane and Collins.