This might be a little difference between the two books, but it is pretty obvious and it shows how the transformations of our world shaped a fictional one. Even if these books share the same genre, hero, some minor characters and a few twist in the plot, they still depict two different worlds. Besides the smoking there are a few other topics of differences, like use of language, pace and violence.
In Vengeance is Mine Mike Hammer keeps his exclamative words for himself and we can read nothing but "nuts", "swore to mysel...
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... drinks all the time, punches anyone in the face, shoots bad guys and gets every woman even if he is the biggest misogyn of the world. In Vengeance is Mine Mike Hammer makes violence to women casual by smacking Connie across the mouth hard and she wants him even more than before. What is his secret? He is popular because he is what we do not dare to be and every time we start a novel featuring him as the hero we know that in the end he will get everything done.
1.Spillane, Mickey: Vengeance is Mine, The New American Library, Inc., 1950
2.Spillane, Mickey: The Killing Man, Penguin Books USA Inc., 1989
3.Walle, Alf H.: Hack writing vs. belle letters: the strategic implications of literary achievement, Journal of Popular Culture, Blackwell Publishers Ltd., 1996
4.Palmer, Jerry: Thrillers: Genesis and Structure of a Popular Genre, Hodder Arnold H&S 1978
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