"FRIEND, YOU'RE TALKING TO A GUY WITH A PRICE ON HIS HEAD AND THE POLICE AT HIS BACK..." Compared to the $40 million the cops think he stole, $75,000 may not sound like much.
But it's all the money in the world to the struggling Cuban exiles of Miami who rescued Morgan the Raider.
So when it's snatched by a man the Cubans trusted, Morgan sets out to get it back.
A simple favor but as the bodies pile up -- dead men and beautiful women-- the Raider wonders what kind of Latin hell he's gotten himself into, and just who or what is the mysterious Consummata?
Begun by mystery master Mickey Spillane in the late 1960s and completed four decades later by his friend Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition), The Consummatais the long-awaited follow-up to Spillane's bestseller The Delta Factor -- a breathtaking tale of treachery, sensuality, and violence, showcasing two giants of crime fiction at their pulse-pounding, two-fisted best.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 04/10/2011
- Category: Classic crime
- ISBN: 9780857682888
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Review by calum-iain
Started by Spillane some forty years ago the book was recently completed by Collins and is a follow-up to Spillane’s “The Delta Factor”. Set in the early ‘60s against the backdrop of Castro’s revolutionary Cuba, the book see Morgan “The Raider” on the run in Miami after being set up over a $40m heist. He finds himself working with a group of Cuban exiles hunting down a traitor in their midst, but soon the bodies are piling up and Morgan finds himself in the clutches of a mysterious S&M queen known as “The Consummata”. As you would expect from Spillane the action is pretty non-stop, although, cleverly, a lot of the story is told in exposition between characters. The language is fast flowing; with many a clever turn of phrase and in Morgan, Spillane created another wonderful character (a modern day pirate?), who unfortunately wasn’t able to flourish due to other considerations. Collins completes the novel fairly seamlessly and it makes for good, challenging fun trying to work out where Collins’ contributions actually sit within the whole. Although not the very best from Hard Case Crime, “The Consummata” is nevertheless a rollicking good adventure yarn in the best pulp tradition.