Books: They Never Come Back

THE DEEP (218 pp.)—Mickey Spillane—Dutton ($2.95).

It is a hard tough mean mucky real bad thing to see an old champ go soft. Like the Sugarman rubber-kneed against Fender. Like Papa not making it to those trees in time. Like Mickey Spillane coming back with his first book in eight years: "I let him get close enough to kiss me off with his eyes, took the blade out of his fingers so fast he never knew I had it until I raked him hard over the ribs where the blood could make a mess for everybody to see. When I hit him...

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