Hammett and Spillane in LIFEGoogle recently digitized the LIFE Magazine photo archive and cataloged the results in the their Image Search facility.
For hard boiled mystery fans, there are more than a few gems to discover. Follow this link, and see photos of an aged, but defiant, Dashiell Hammett in front of Sen. Joseph McCarthy's Senate Investigating Committee on Communism.
Or try your luck with this one, and find pictures of a surprisingly young-looking Mickey Spillane being equally defiant in the face of unfavorable reviews.
Photo credits: Hank Walker, 1953, and Peter Stackpole, 1952.