I just heard this news on the radio, together with a recorded interview and retrospective. The upshot was that his books were indeed misogynist but his “class war” credentials were always “correct” (i.e., working-class heroes, upper-class villains).* Actually I’ve never read any of his novels nor seen any movies based on them, but he’s part of, you know, the collective cultural unconscious; you kinda (think you) know what he’s all about. Who hasn’t at least heard the name of Mike Hammer? So I thought it was worth a CS thread. Any Spillane fans/haters here?
*OTOH, I remember reading elsewhere, can’t quite remember where, that Communists also frequently featured as stock villains in his stories written in the '50s.