Brett Halliday

Brett HallidayBirthplace: Chicago, IL
Setting: Miami
Genre: mystery

Also known as Davis Dresser

Brett Halliday (1904 - 1977) is most famous for creating the character, Mike Shayne, a private detective from Miami, Florida. After numerous rejections, the first Mike Shayne novel, Divided on Death, was published in 1939. Halliday continued to write the series until 1958 with the publication of Murder and the Wanton Bride (although several ghost writers continued the series). The popular character was also used in several radio programs and a short-lived television series.

Book List

Dividend on Death (1939)
The Private Practice of Michael Shayne (1940)
The Uncomplaining Corpses (1940)
Tickets for Death (1941)
Bodies are Where You Find Them (1941)
The Corpse Came Calling (1942)
Murder Wears a Mummer's Mask (1943; AKA In a Deadly Vein)
Blood on the Black Market (1943; Heads You Lose)
Michael Shayne's Long Chance (1944)
Murder and the Married Virgin (1944)
Murder is My Business (1945)
Marked for Murder (1945)
Blood on Biscayne Bay (1946)
Counterfeit Wife (1947)
Blood on the Stars (1948)
A Taste for Violence (1949)
Call for Michael Shayne (1949)
This is It, Michael Shayne (1950)
Framed in Blood (1951)
What Really Happened (1952)
When Dorinda Dances (1951)
One Night with Nora (1953)
She Woke to Darkness (1954)
Death Has Three Lives (1955)
Stranger in Town (1955)
The Blonde Cried Murder (1956)
Weep for a Blonde (1957)
Shoot the Works (1957)
Murder and the Wanton Bride (1958)
Fit to Kill (1958)
Date with a Dead Man (1959)
Target: Michael Shayne (1959)
Die Like a Dog (1959)
Murder Takes no Holiday (1960)
Dolls are Deadly (1960)
The Homicidal Virgin (1960)
Killers from the Keys (1961)
Murder in Haste (1961)
The Careless Corpse (1961)
Pay-Off in Blood (1962)
Murder by Proxy (1962)
Never Kill a Client (1962)
Too Friendly, Too Dead (1962)
The Corpse that Never Was (1963)
The Body Came Back (1963)
A Redhead for Michael Shayne (1964)
Shoot to Kill (1964)
Michael Shayne's 50th Case (1964)
The Violent World of Michael Shayne (1965)
Nice Fillies Finish Last (1965)
Murder Spins the Wheel (1966)
Armed...Dangerous... (1966)
Mermaid on the Rocks (1967)
Guilty as Hell (1967)
So Lush, So Deadly (1968)
Violence is Golden (1968)
Lady, Be Bad (1969)
Six Seconds to Kill (1970)
Fourth Down to Death (1970)
Count Backwards to Zero (1971)
I Come to Kill You (1971)
Caught Dead (1972)
Kill All the Young Girls (1973)
Blue Murder (1973)
Last Seen Hitchhiking (1974)
At the Point of a .38 (1974)
Million Dollar Handle (1976)
Win Some, Lose Some (1976)

See Brett Halliday books with a Florida setting.
See also It Takes Place in Florida: Mystery.

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