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Michael Shayne's 50th Case

by Halliday, Brett (pseud. for Davis Dresser)

First Edition

Price: $150.00
from: ReadInk

  • Seller Inventory #: 23724
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: A Torquil Book (distributed by Dodd, Mead & Company)
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: (c.1964)
  • Keywords: Detective Fiction, Mystery Fiction

New York: A Torquil Book (distributed by Dodd, Mead & Company). Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj. (c.1964). First Edition. Hardcover. [good sound copy, heavy foxing to top of text block but no other significant depredations; jacket lightly edgeworn and a bit rubbed]. "In recording the 50th Case of the redheaded private detective from Miami, Florida, and in celebration of his 25th year in print, Brett Halliday has diverged widely from the pattern set by 49 previous books. Here, the emphasis is upon character and motivation rather than detection and deduction, and in so doing Mr. Halliday has produced his finest and most powerful novel." Well, OK, two things: (1) while "Brett Halliday" might have only been in print for 25 years, under various other pseudonyms (he used at least seven) Mr. Dresser's published ouevre stretched back at least a dozen years longer than that; and (2) according to his entry in Reilly's "Twentieth Century Crime and Mystery Writers," "novels by-lined Brett Halliday after 1958 were ghostwritten by others." But I guess when you own the publishing company (as Dresser did, with Torquil Books), you can pretty much write your own blurbs. In any case, as Michael Shayne novels go, this is one of the scarcest -- and the jacket is printed on such thin paper that its mere survival is a minor miracle. .