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Halo for Satan
Howard Browne
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Halo for Satan (Paul Pine #2)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  29 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
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Mass Market Paperback, 182 pages
Published July 1950 by Bantam (first published 1948)
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Mar 14, 2015 Jure rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It gets better and better with every chapter. Classical hard-boiled detective novel, filled with dames, gangsters, sinister killers, tough cops etc. Everything is a bit over the top but plot is really cool and every now and then author throws a curve ball that misleads the reader. Of course, everything culminates with an excellent and surprising whodunit that makes sense. Story is easy to follow and it's driven mostly by snappy dialogues and action.

Cannot remember the last time I read such a go
Jan 23, 2009 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: David
This hard-boiled detective story is absolutely one of the best of its genre.
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Apr 05, 2012 Vermont Ferret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Halo For Satan is still my favorite of the Pine novels. Great tough-guy dialogue throughout by a master too, better and more hilarious than what I found in his subsequent books.

Browne also wrote for 77 Sunset Strip in the late 50s and early 60s; and whenever I watch my bootleg dvd's of this classic series, the no-nonsense, hardboiled dialogue of his screenplays sets his stories apart from the frequently lame work of others in the series.

Highly recommended!
Feb 15, 2011 Dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book many years ago and don't remember a thing about it other than that I liked it. It's the only book of its type -- hardboiled, old-school gumshoe fiction -- that I've read. Hmmm...guess I should pick up some more.
Apr 01, 2009 Ed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I traded a copy of my PI title THE BLUE CHEER for this Howard Browne classic. I believe it written was in the vein of the Mickster but the hardboiled story and vivid prose style stands on its own.
Excellent find at the white elephant sale in Oakland today. Edition I have is the pocketbook - really couldn't pass up the cover -
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May 29, 2015 Chris A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chandleresque and fun.
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Howard Browne (April 15, 1908–October 28, 1999) was a science fiction editor and mystery writer. He also wrote for several television series and films. Some of his work appeared over the pseudonyms John Evans, Alexander Blade, Lawrence Chandler, Ivar Jorgensen, and Lee Francis.

Beginning in 1942, Browne worked as managing editor for Ziff-Davis publications on Amazing Stories and Fantastic Adventure
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