Lucy Vickery

Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer meets Spock

[Paramount Television/Kobal/Shutterstock]

In Competition No. 3158 you were invited to supply an extract describing a well-known fictional detective who finds themselves catapulted into an unfamiliar milieu.

This was a crowd-pleasing comp, attracting a large field of old hands and newcomers alike. But it turned out to be a tricky one too and terrific beginnings were often marred by weak finishing.

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