Saturday, October 17, 2009

Hard Case Crime Update (with Mike Shayne News!)

Brett Halliday
August 2010
ISBN: 0-8439-6328-X
Cover art by Robert McGinnis
Read A Sample Chapter


Ten years ago, private eye Mike Shayne did a job for one of the richest men in El Paso, digging up dirt on a boy courting the tycoon’s daughter. Now the daughter’s back, all grown up and dangerous. And so’s Shayne—but this time it’s to investigate murder...

First publication in 20 years
One of the most popular detectives of all time, Mike Shayne starred in more than 70 novels, a dozen movies, a TV series, radio dramas, comic books, and the long-running Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine

Filmmaker SHANE BLACK,creator of Lethal Weapon and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,on the Work of BRETT HALLIDAY

"In this age of private eyes with cats, funny neighbors, and relationship woes—here’s to 40’s thriller writer Brett Halliday, whose baffling, bullet-paced capers have come to light again.

"Halliday’s books were marvels of misdirection. Red herrings, skewed motives, mistaken identities—he did everything but come to your house and bang cymbals.

"Halliday’s plots are byzantine gems. This is back when mystery writers were so much smarter than you and me. Want an engrossing read? Pick this one up.

"Never heard of this book? No matter. It’s been waiting patiently, poised to dazzle you with raw, ingenious storytelling. Halliday is the king of the baffler novel. Pure pleasure.

"How long can Halliday’s best-selling books remain dormant, undiscovered...? The answer: not a minute longer, thanks to Hard Case Crime."

(And to add my own opinion to that of Shane Black, MURDER IS MY BUSINESS is one of my absolute favorite Shayne novels. I've read it a couple of times and look forward to reading it again in the Hard Case Crime edition.)


Anonymous said...

I'm glad they (Hard Case)picked one of the early Shane Novels to publish.

Bill Khemski

Richard Prosch said...

Really looking forward to this. I'm not too familiar with Shayne. Just curious --why did they pick this one? i.e.--are there particular aspects that make it important, etc?

James Reasoner said...

I should have mentioned how nice it is to see a new McGinnis cover on a Mike Shayne novel. The covers on those Dell editions in the Sixties were always highlights of my visits to the bookstore.

There's nothing really significant, continuity-wise, about this particular novel, except that it takes place in El Paso, Davis Dresser's hometown, and is the only one of the Shaynes to do so. I don't know why Charles picked this one, but I felt like the plot was really good in it and Dresser did a great job with the setting.

beb said...

Is this one of the original Bret Halliday's or one of the ghost written ones?

James Reasoner said...

Yes, this one is definitely by Davis Dresser, the original Halliday, and uses a lot of his personal background.


These hard case covers get better and better

Bruce said...

All Shayne books up and including 1958 were written by Davis Dresser. After that its a long list of ghost writers.

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