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Weep for a Blonde

(Mike Shayne #28)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  16 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Miami Detective in Nite-Club Brawl. In the exclusive Martinique, last night, a private tête-à-tête between private detective Michael Shayne and luscious Lydia Kane was interrupted when the lady's husband made a surprise appearance. A violent exchange of words between the two men was followed by an equally violent exchange of blows.... From the beginning, Lydia Kane was not ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 159 pages
Published 1958 by Dell (first published 1957)
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Nov 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: black-as-night
My first Mike Shayne experience, good fun but nothing incredible.

4 stars seems like a high rating to give to a book that is basically 159 pages of Mike Shayne doing his best to out hard-boil Marlowe and Spade with very little in the way of plot but as my first experience of said private eye it scores high because of my pure enthusiasm for the character and the writing style.

I've been more than intrigued to give Halliday a go since seeing Kiss Kiss Bang Bang many years ago but trying to find any
John Wilson
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Pity poor Peter Painter.

Painter is the Miami Beach chief of detectives who's just had it up to here with Michael Shayne, you see? Petey shows up in every other one of these novels like clockwork. And what's the first thing he does when a corpse is discovered? He tries to pin the murder rap on Shayne. The man is an irresponsible clot-headed menace (no argument here) and needs to be put away for the good of society!

And like clockwork, Shayne escapes the weasely arm of justice, solves the case, and
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Every Mike Shayne mystery, no matter which "Brett Halliday" wrote it,
is a solid, well-crafted mystery, easy-to-read, and hard to put down.
This one, in particular, seems to have been written to have a wide
appeal to female readers as well as male readers. It focuses a bit more
than usual on Shayne's relationship with his secretary, Lucy Hamilton,
what they wore on their date, and her frustration and jealousy at
every stacked blonde making eyes for Shayne.
Overall, though, the plot was quite pre
Oct 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mysteries-read, 2014
No plot, and the characters are cardboard. It reads like the blueprint of a cloned film noir. I've never been to Miami, so can't truly judge whether this, as it would have been circa 1957, is captured with any kind of verisimilitude. Could just as well be L.A., the local color being minimal.
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great old detective book. No cussing. The story progressed nicely.
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Excerpt from Wikipedia:

Brett Halliday (July 31, 1904 - February 4, 1977), primary pen name of Davis Dresser, was an American mystery writer, best known for the long-lived series of Mike Shayne novels he wrote, and later commissioned others to write. Dresser wrote non-series mysteries, westerns and romances under the names Asa Baker, Matthew Blood, Kathryn Culver, Don Davis, Hal Debrett, Anthony Sc

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