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Murder is my business by Brett Halliday
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Murder is my business (1945)

by Brett Halliday

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Series: Michael Shayne (11)

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Probably a 2.5. There isn't a lot of action & while Shayne is presented with a puzzler, things go his way the entire time. Still, a fun read. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Jun 19, 2013 |
The Mike Shayne novels are a classic of American literature, a shining example of the detective fiction of the 1940s and 50s. "Murder Is My Business" is one of Shayne's better known adventures. It involves Shayne's trip to El Paso to solve a series of murders connected with the silver mining business and all the players present in a case Shayne worked 10 years ago. Of course, the previous case has a lot to do with the new one, and only Shayne can unravel the mystery.

The story is a great example of the pulp mysteries of the era, what with the mysterious family ties, switched identies, and convoluted murder plot. Halliday's writing isn't as good as your heavy hitters like Chandler and Hammett, but he's still good. Even today his stories still read well and offer great entertainment for an afternoon. ( )
  WillyMammoth | Oct 31, 2010 |
I have seen episodes of the "Michael Shayne" television show, but this is the first Shayne novel I have read. I greatly enjoyed it for its crispness and clever plotting, and will certainly want to read more books in the series. (The original "Brett Halliday," Davis Dresser, wrote the first 28 titles, including this one.) Shayne is a manly, blunt, red-headed detective, not given to irony or angst; and Halliday's prose style is similarly efficient and unfancy. This story is set in El Paso, and I liked the Texan and Mexican local color. ( )
  PatrickMurtha | Oct 24, 2010 |
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For Forrest and Helen Fishell in appreciation of so many things.
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On a late fall day in 1944 Michael Shayne was slouched in his swivel chair half asleep when his secretary quietly opened the door to his private office and stepped inside.
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