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Mickey Frank Morrison, 1918–2006, U.S. detective novelist.
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Words nearby Spillane
spiky, spile, spiling, spill, spillage, Spillane, spillikin, spillikins, spillover, spillproof, spill the beans
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How to use Spillane in a sentence
He could sit around and quote old-time book-authors by the hour—classic writers like Prather and Spillane.This Crowded Earth|Robert Bloch
They were Mr. and Mrs. Spillane, ranchers, who lived in a lonely valley a dozen miles back from the river.
Jerry noted that he was nervous and abrupt in his movements, and that Mrs. Spillane seemed laboring under some strong anxiety.
The woman began to weep quietly, while Spillane dropped a troubled exclamation and strode to the window.
Spillane groaned, and fiercely drove his clenched fist into the palm of the other hand.
British Dictionary definitions for Spillane
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Mickey, original name Frank Morrison Spillane . 1918–2006, US detective-story writer, best known for his books featuring the detective Mike Hammer, for example I, the Jury (1947) and The Twisted Thing (1966)
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