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Halo in Brass (Paul Pine #3)

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  27 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Paul Pine is hired by a Nebraska couple to track down their missing daughter, Laura Fremont, who fled to Chicago and has not been heard from in over nine months. The trail leads to a bar that covers for a sleazy brothel, several run down apartment buildings and finally a night club in Chicago. Along the way Pine discovers a slew of girlfriends and roommates of Laura’s and ...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published 1988 by Dennis McMillan Publications (first published 1949)
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Jim
Sep 04, 2010 Jim rated it really liked it
In the 1940s, Howard Browne (sometimes using the pen name "John Evans") wrote a short series of hardboiled detective novels about a PI named Paul Pine. Browne skirted the edges of some controversial topics in his books, never more so than in this one, in which the subject of homosexuality is clearly acknowledged. Some of the views of lesbian orientation are pretty quaint, to put it gently, from a 21st-century viewpoint, but Browne writes a compelling mystery and even his antiquated perspective r ...more
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Nov 01, 2015 Abram rated it liked it
This third volume in the adventures of Paul Pine, the insanely snarky detective who crashes through his cases like an enraged minotaur in a china shop, is the low point of an otherwise flawless tetralogy. Perhaps I exaggerate in my description of Paul; his approach isn't really violent, and he doesn't often let his gat do the talking (unlike Mike Hammer), but he is so maniacally careless in his approach to detective work that he causes avoidable hardship for himself and gets other people whacked ...more
Ed
Nov 07, 2008 Ed rated it really liked it
One title in Harold Browne's P.I. Paul Pine series, HALO (written by "John Evans") originally appeared in 1948. The plot is pretty basic. The decided strengths are Browne's vintage hardboiled tone, Chandleresque metaphors, and gritty Chicago setting. "Poor old Pine" is a likeable P.I., going to movies and reading William P. McGivern, a fellow crime fiction writer. Enjoyable, brisk read.
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Feb 27, 2008 David A rated it liked it
Beautiful dames, ruthless murder, bottomless booze, and lesbians run amok. What more can you ask for??

(I only knock some stars off because it tries so hard to be as good as Chandler's stories... but it can't be).
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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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