Whether it’s the famous “spanking” scene, or Mike Hammer’s virulent anti-Communist diatribes or the muscular prose of this relentless novel, One Lonely Night is a book that doesn’t deserve to be forgotten. Mickey Spillane was once the best selling writer in the United States. Today, a few of my students might remember Spillane from the series of Miller Lite beer commercials he performed in, but none of them would know his writings. From I, the Jury to Tomorrow I Die Spilane’s output was impressive. “I’m the most translated writer in the world, behind Lenin, Tolstoy, Gorki and Jules Verne. And they’re all dead…” Spillane once quipped. Sadly, after his death, Spillane’s work receded into obscurity. But it’s worth seeking out One Lonely Night if you haven’t read it to see why millions once read Mickey Spillane.