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Bodies are where you find them, A Michael Shayne story (original 1941; edition 1941)

by Brett Halliday

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Title:Bodies are where you find them, A Michael Shayne story
Authors:Brett Halliday
Info:New York, H. Holt and company [c1941]
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Bodies Are Where You Find Them by Brett Halliday (1941)

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Bodies Are Where You Find Them is the fifth Mike Shayne novel and was definitely written by David Dresser before Brett Halliday became a house name for the writers that followed. Being one of the early novels, it even has a very brief appearance by Shayne's wife, Phyllis, brief enough for Shayne to see her off to the train station. Obviously it was decided that keeping her out of the limelight made Shayne a more interesting and more eligible detective.

Even if you've read dozens of pulp mysteries, you'll still enjoy this one. It features big redheaded Mike Shayne at his finest, accused of murder by Peter Painter, hiding sexy young doped up women from his wife, carting corpses around, getting in fistfights with bouncers, avoiding road blockades, breaking into sanitariums, and concocting wild explanations for everything that is going on. Right from the start this book is filled with nonstop action that simply never lets up right up until Shayne gathers all the suspects in the parlor and pulls his big reveal. There's a reason that this series continued literally for decades. ( )
  DaveWilde | Sep 22, 2017 |
I, like a lot of people, decided to read this book because Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang was roughly (very roughly) inspired by it. I was not disappointed. Well written, a quick read, lots of trash talking, hard drinking, but with a tiny touch of class from the lead character, Mike Shayne. I'm definitely a fan, now I just have to find the other Mike Shayne books by Halliday so I can read them. ( )
  xitomatl | Apr 6, 2013 |
The Mike Shayne books all read about the same. That said they read fast and rarelly disappoint. This is one of the better of the series I've read. ( )
  mayumikamon | Nov 25, 2007 |
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A disappearing corpse draws Mike Shayne into political guerilla warfare A year after marrying the toughest PI in Miami, Phyllis Shayne longs for a few weeks alone with her husband. She and Mike are about to board a train to New York when a client shows up at the door. Her face gray and her voice slurred, the mysterious woman passes out before she's able to get through her story. Mike carries the stranger to his spare bedroom and, trying to save his wife from worry, tells Phyllis to go on to the train station without him; he'll meet her in a few days. When he goes back to check on the woman, she is dead, with one of her stockings wrapped tightly around her throat. Something is fishy, but it's about to get far more complicated when the body disappears. The woman arrived just after Mike took a call from Sam Marsh, a close friend who's in a mayoral race that's about to turn bloody. To save his friend's campaign and keep himself out of jail, Mike will have to find the killer-but he'll have to find the body first.… (more)

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