Reviewed by Tim Ferrante
The Delta Factor is a 1967 Mickey Spillane novel featuring the debut of Morgan the Raider, an escaped con and modern-day opportunist whose expert criminal background is put to use by the US government. Spillane originally intended Morgan as an ongoing character and crafted 108 pages of his next adventure, The Consummata. He never finished the manuscript, instead telling his wife that it be left to fellow scribe Max Allan Collins to do so upon Spillane’s death. The author died in 2006 and Collins fulfilled his wish five years later -- The Consummata was at last published (by Hard Case Crime) in 2011, some 44 years after Morgan’s introduction.