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Brett Halliday



A pseudonym used by Davis Dresser, Robert Terrall

Brett Halliday , primary pen name of Davis Dresser, was an American mystery writer, best known for the long-lived series of Michael Shayne novels he wrote, and later commissioned others to write. Dresser wrote non-series mysteries, westerns and romances under the names Asa Baker, Matthew Blood, Kathryn Culver, Don Davis, Hal Debrett, Anthony Scott, Peter Field, and Anderson Wayne.
 


Genres: Mystery
 
Series
Mike Shayne
   1. Dividend on Death (1939)
   2. The Private Practice of Michael Shayne (1940)
   3. The Uncomplaining Corpses (1940)
   4. Tickets for Death (1941)
   5. Bodies Are Where You Find Them (1941)
   6. The Corpse Came Calling (1943)
     aka The Case of the Walking Corpse
   7. Murder Wears a Mummer's Mask (1943)
     aka In a Deadly Vein
   8. Heads You Lose (1943)
     aka Blood On the Black Market
   9. Michael Shayne's Long Chance (1943)
   10. Murder and the Married Virgin (1944)
   11. Murder Is My Business (1945)
   12. Marked for Murder (1945)
   13. Not known
   14. Blood on Biscayne Bay (1946)
   15. Counterfeit Wife (1947)
   16. Blood On the Stars (1948)
     aka Murder Is a Habit
   17. A Taste for Violence (1949)
   18. Call for Michael Shayne (1949)
   19. This is it, Michael Shayne (1950)
   20. Framed in Blood (1951)
   21. When Dorinda Dances (1951)
   22. What Really Happened (1952)
   23. One Night with Nora (1953)
     aka The Lady Came By Night
   24. She Woke to Darkness (1955)
   25. Death Has Three Lives (1955)
   26. Stranger in Town (1956)
   27. The Blonde Cried Murder (1956)
   28. Weep for a Blonde (1958)
   29. Shoot the Works (1958)
   30. Murder and the Wanton Bride (1958)
   31. Fit to Kill (1959)
   32. Date with a Dead Man (1959)
   33. Target, Mike Shayne (1959)
   34. Die Like a Dog (1959)
   35. Murder Takes No Holiday (1960)
   36. Dolls Are Deadly (1960)
   37. The Homicidal Virgin (1960)
   38. Mike Shayne's Torrid Twelve (1961)
   39. Killers from The Keys (1961)
   40. Murder in Haste (1961)
   41. The Careless Corpse (1961)
   42. Pay-Off in Blood (1962)
   43. Murder By Proxy (1962)
   44. Never Kill a Client (1962)
   45. Too Friendly, Too Dead (1963)
   46. The Corpse That Never Was (1963)
   47. The Body Came Back (1963)
   48. A Redhead for Mike Shayne (1964)
   49. Shoot to Kill (1964)
   50. Mike Shayne's 50th Case (1965)
   51. The Violent World of Michael Shayne (1965)
   52. Nice Fillies Finish Last (1966)
   53. Murder Spins the Wheel (1966)
   54. Armed ... Dangerous (1967)
   55. Mermaid On the Rocks (1967)
   56. Guilty As Hell (1967)
   57. So Lush, So Deadly (1968)
   58. Violence Is Golden (1968)
   59. Lady, Be Bad (1969)
   60. Six Seconds to Kill (1970)
   61. Fourth Down to Death (1970)
   62. Count Backwards to Zero (1971)
   63. I Come to Kill You (1975)
   64. Caught Dead (1972)
   65. Kill All The Young Girls (1973)
   66. Blue Murder (1973)
   67. Last Seen Hitchhiking (1974)
   68. At the Point of a .38 (1974)
   69. Million Dollar Handle (1976)
   70. Win Some, Lose Some (1976)
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Novels
   Mum's the Word for Murder (1938)
   You Killed Elizabeth (1960)
   Before I Wake (2016)
   Charlie Dell (2016)
   The Kissed Corpse (2016)
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Anthologies edited
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Books containing stories by Brett Halliday
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The Great Detectives (1978)
The World's Most Celebrated Sleuths Unmasked by Their Authors
edited by
Otto Penzler

Award nominations
1952 Edgar Award for Best Short Story (nominee) : Twenty Great Tales of Murder


Brett Halliday recommends
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The Evil of Time (1955)
Evelyn Berckman
"Best first mystery of the year..."

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