Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Last Cop Out by Mickey Spillane

A story of a cop shoved off the force for being set up years ago, 
then brought back once a bizarre series of gangland slayings has started. 

Gill Burke is the framed cop pulled back into action to figure out the mess. The killings grow more bizarre and it seems that different people are committing them, even though the were all top-echelon mobsters. This causes friction within the mob itself with everyone thinking that one of their own is behind the operation. Four of them are introduced with, each with his own agenda, including Papa Menes, an old-time mob guy who thinks he has it figured out, and Marc Selby, an up-and-comer who has his own theories and is relishing in them. The other two are more of the enforcer types who meet an end that one would not wish on anyone. Be forewarned: There is a lot of  killing that will make everyone cringe. It’s told so graphically as one should get the shivers just thinking about it. While all this is going on, Burke is reinvestigating the case for which he was framed. It seems there is a connection between it all.

Printing History
Written by Mickey Spillane (1918-2006)

New American Library
Signet Books
ISBN 525 14353
January 1973

Mickey's wife Sherri posed for the cover


  1. Scott - Haven't read Spillane's non-Hammer stuff. Interesting you chose one of them. And of course, what a cover!

  2. I've always believed that Spillane's two "dirty" books, "The Last Cop Out" and "The Erection Set" featuring Dogeron Kelly, were his two best novels after the first 6 Hammer novels from 1947-1952. Dog Kelly is one of the meanest "good guy" SOB that I ever ran across in a novel.

  3. I have not read Mickey Spillane but keep telling myself that I will someday. I love that piece of trivia, and it is a pretty cool cover.