Everything you need to understand or teach I, the Jury by Mickey Spillane.
I, the Jury begins with the murder of Mike Hammer's best friend and fellow GI, Jack Williams, who died a slow and painful death with two bullets in the stomach. Mike vows vengeance for the death and announces that he will shoot the killer in the same painful way. So vengeance is the first and overriding theme announced in the novel. That Mike will have to work within, but also outside of, the normal boundaries of police procedure is also celebrated, and although he is cautioned by his other friend who is on the police force, Pat Chambers, to be careful about his vigilante actions, there is little restraint placed upon Mike's subsequent violent behavior.
As the narrative unfolds Mike discovers that Jack, who had himself joined the police force after his discharge, was investigating a drug operation run by a mysterious criminal mastermind.
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