Davis Dresser

Davis Dresser
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Last Residence: Southern CA
Setting: Florida
Genre: Mystery, Crime Fiction
Pseudonyms: Asa Baker, Matthew Blood, Kathryn Culver, Don Davis, Hal Debrett, Anthony Scott, Peter Shelly, Anderson Wayne, Peter Field










Davis Dresser (1904-1977) wrote more than seventy romance, western, and mystery novels under his own name as well as under several pseudonyms. Dresser is most well known for his popular detective character, Mike Shayne. Under the pseudonym, Brett Halliday, Dresser wrote nearly fifty novels including the Mike Shayne series. After 1958, novels written with the pseudonym Brett Halliday were ghost-written by other writers.






Book List

UNDER PSEUDONYM BRETT HALLIDAY; MIKE SHAYNE MYSTERY SERIES

  • Dividend on Death, Holt (New York, NY), 1939.
  • The Private Practice of Michael Shayne, Holt, 1940.
  • The Uncomplaining Corpses, Holt, 1940.
  • Tickets for Death, Holt, 1941.
  • Bodies Are Where You Find Them, Holt, 1941.
  • Michael Shayne Takes Over (omnibus), Holt, 1941.
  • The Corpse Came Calling, Dodd, 1942.
  • Michael Shayne Investigates, Jarrolds (London), 1943, published as Case of the Walking Corpse, Quin (New York, NY), 1943.
  • Murder Wears a Mummer's Mask, Dodd, 1943, published as In a Deadly Vein, 1943.
  • Blood on the Black Market, Dodd, 1943, published as Heads You Lose, 1943.
  • Michael Shayne's Long Chance, Dell (New York, NY), 1944.
  • Murder and the Married Virgin, Dodd, 1944.
  • Michael Shayne Takes a Hand (omnibus), Jarrolds, 1944.
  • Dead Man's Diary [and] Dinner at Dupre's, Dell, 1945.
  • Murder Is My Business, Dodd, 1945.
  • Marked for Murder, Long, 1945.
  • Blood on Biscayne Bay, Ziff-Davis (Chicago, IL), 1946.
  • Counterfeit Wife, Ziff-Davis, 1947.
  • Michael Shayne's Triple Mystery, Ziff-Davis, 1948.
  • Blood on the Stars, Dodd, 1948.
  • A Taste for Violence, Dodd, 1949.
  • Call for Mike Shayne, Dodd, 1949.
  • This Is It, Michael Shayne, Dodd, 1950.
  • Framed in Blood, Dodd, 1951.
  • When Dorinda Dances, Dodd, 1951.
  • What Really Happened, Dodd, 1952.
  • One Night With Nora, Dodd, 1953, published as The Lady Came by Night, Jarrolds, 1954.
  • She Woke to Darkness, Dodd, 1954.
  • Death Has Three Lives, Dodd, 1955.
  • Stranger in Town, Dodd, 1955.
  • The Blonde Cried Murder, Dodd, 1956.
  • Weep for a Blonde, Dodd, 1957.
  • Shoot the Works, Dodd, 1957.
  • Murder and the Wanton Bride, Dodd, 1958.
  • Fit to Kill, Dodd, 1958.
  • Date with a Dead Man, Dodd, 1959.
  • Target: Michael Shayne, Dodd, 1959.
  • Die like a Dog, Dodd, 1959.
  • Murder Takes No Holiday, Dodd, 1960.
  • Dolls Are Deadly, Dodd, 1960.
  • The Homicidal Virgin, Dodd, 1960.
  • Michael Shayne's Torrid Twelve, Dell, 1961.
  • Killer from the Keys, Dodd, 1961.
  • Murder in Haste, Dodd, 1961.
  • The Careless Corpse, Dodd, 1961.
  • Pay-off in Blood, Dodd, 1962.
  • Murder by Proxy, Dodd, 1962.
  • Never Kill a Client, Dodd, 1962.
  • Too Friendly, Too Dead, Dodd, 1963.
  • The Corpse That Never Was, Dodd, 1963.
  • The Body That Came Back, Dodd, 1963.
  • A Redhead for Mike Shayne, Dodd, 1964.
  • Shoot to Kill, Dodd, 1964.
  • A Taste of Cognac, Dell, 1964.
  • Michael Shayne's Fiftieth Case, Dodd, 1964.
  • Dangerous Dames, Dell, 1965.
  • Nice Fillies Finish Last, Dell, 1965.
  • The Violent World of Michael Shayne, Dell, 1965.
  • Armed . . . Dangerous, Dell, 1966.
  • Murder Spins the Wheels, Dell, 1966.
  • Mermaid on the Rocks, Dell, 1967.
  • Guilty as Hell, Dell, 1967.
  • Violence Is Golden, Dell, 1968.
  • So Lush, So Deadly, Dell, 1968.

WRITINGS BY THE AUTHOR:

UNDER PSEUDONYM ASA BAKER; JERRY BURKE MYSTERY SERIES

  • Mum's the Word for Murder, Dodd (New York, NY), 1938.
  • The Kissed Corpse, Carlyle (New York, NY), 1939.

UNDER JOINT PSEUDONYM MATTHEW BLOOD; MORGAN WAYNE MYSTERY SERIES

  • (With Ryerson Johnson) The Avenger, Fawcett (New York, NY), 1952.
  • (With Johnson) Death Is a Lovely Dame, Fawcett, 1954.

UNDER PSEUDONYM KATHRYN CULVER; NOVELS

  • Love Is a Masquerade, Phoenix Press (New York, NY), 1935.
  • Million Dollar Madness, Hillman-Curl (New York, NY), 1937.
  • Too Smart for Love, Hillman-Curl, 1937.
  • Green Path to the Moon, Hillman-Curl, 1938.
  • Once to Every Woman, Godwin (New York, NY), 1938.
  • Girl Alone, Grammercy (New York, NY), 1939.

UNDER PSEUDONYM DON DAVIS; RIO KID WESTERN SERIES

  • Return of the Rio Kid, Morrow (New York, NY), 1940.
  • Death on Treasure Trail, Hutchison (London), 1940, Morrow, 1941.
  • Rio Kid Justice, Morrow, 1941.
  • Two-Gun Rio Kid, Morrow, 1941.

UNDER JOINT PSEUDONYM HAL DEBRETT; MYSTERY NOVELS

  • (With wife, Kathleen Rollins) Before I Wake, Dodd, 1949.
  • (With Rollins) A Lonely Way to Die, Dodd, 1950.

AS DAVIS DRESSER; TWISTER MALONE WESTERN SERIES

  • Death Rides the Pecos, Morrow, 1940.
  • The Hangmen of Sleepy Valley, Morrow, 1940, published as The Masked Riders of Sleepy Valley, Ward Lock (London), 1941.
  • Lynch-Rope Law, Morrow, 1941.
  • Murder on the Mesa, Ward Lock, 1953.

AS DAVIS DRESSER UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED; OTHER NOVELS

  • Let's Laugh at Love, Hillman-Curl, 1937.
  • Romance for Julie, Curl (New York, NY), 1938.
  • Gunsmoke on the Mesa, Carlton (New York, NY), 1941.
  • (Under pseudonym Anderson Wayne) Charlie Dell, Coward McCann (New York, NY), 1952, published as A Time to Remember, Popular Library (New York, NY), 1959.

UNDER PSEUDONYM PETER FIELD; POWDER VALLEY WESTERN SERIES

  • Guns from Powder Valley, Morrow, 1941.
  • Powder Valley Pay-off, Morrow, 1941.
  • Trail South from Powder Valley, Morrow, 1942.
  • Fight for Powder Valley!, Morrow, 1942.
  • Law Man of Powder Valley, Morrow, 1942.
  • Powder Valley Vengeance, Morrow, 1943.
  • Sheriff on the Spot, Jefferson House (New York, NY), 1943.
  • Death Rides the Night, Jefferson House, 1944.
  • The Smoking Iron, Books, Inc. (New York, NY), 1944.
  • Midnight Round-up, Jefferson House, 1944.
  • The Road to Laramie, Jefferson House, 1945.
  • The End of the Trail, Jefferson House, 1945.
  • Powder Valley Showdown, Jefferson House. 1946.

UNDER PSEUDONYM ANTHONY SCOTT; NOVELS PUBLISHED BY GODWIN (NEW YORK)

  • Mardi Gras Madness, 1934.
  • Test of Virtue, 1934.
  • Ten Toes Up, 1935.
  • Virgin's Holiday, 1935.
  • Ladies of Chance, 1936.
  • Stolen Sins, 1936.
  • Satan Rides the Night, 1938.
  • Temptation, 1938.

EDITOR

  • (With wife, Helen McCloy) 20 Great Tales of Murder, Random House (New York, NY), 1951.
  • Big Time Mysteries, Dodd Mead (New York, NY), 1958.
  • Murder in Miami, Dodd Mead, 1959.
  • Best Detective Stories of the Year, 16th and 17th Annual Collections, Dutton, 2 vols., Dutton (New York, NY), 1961-62.
  • (With McCloy) Murder, Murder, Murder: 10 Tales from 20 Great Tales of Murder, Hillman Periodicals (New York, NY), 1961.






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