Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins, plus four free copies of the latest original Hammer radio novel on CD, “The Little Death.” That means eight lucky winners in all.
Oh, and did we happen to mention that these prizes will be free?
To enter the competition, you need to do only two things: (1) Make a list of your four favorite private eye novels--hard-boiled or not--and (2) send that list, along with your mailing address, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write “Mike Hammer Contest” in the subject line. Entries will be accepted between now and midnight on this coming Friday, May 21. The names of eight contest participants will then be drawn at random, and those winners’ names announced on Saturday. Each winner will receive either a copy of The Big Bang (signed by co-author Collins) or a copy of “The Little Death.”
Over the next few days, we’ll post in The Rap Sheet a selection of the lists of favorite private eye novels being submitted by readers.
As a way to kick things off, we asked Max Allan Collins to offer his own “Big Four” rundown of preferred P.I. fiction. His response:
• The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell HammettCan you do better than Collins? Put on your thinking cap, review your bookshelves, and then send in your contest entries. Remember, you have to e-mail your list by this coming Friday.
• Farewell, My Lovely, by Raymond Chandler
• One Lonely Night, by Mickey Spillane
• The Golden Spiders, by Rex Stout
This list represents my four favorite private eye authors. If this list were six books long, I would add representative titles by my next two favorites--Erle Stanley Gardner (The Case of the Fiery Fingers) and Agatha Christie (The Hollow).