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Michael Shayne's Long Chance by Brett…

Michael Shayne's Long Chance (1944)

by Brett Halliday

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Long Chance is a very important Shayne mystery if you are following them chronologically. It links the early Shane mysteries when he works out of Miami and is married to Phyllis to the next section of novels where he has secretary Lucy Hamilton working for him, and works in New Orleans, before returning to Miami.

The mood of this one us far more somber than many other Shayne mysteries. Shayne starts off absolutely miserable, unconsolable after Phyllis' death and doesn't even want to take on a case. The mood is like that of Mike Hammer during his descent into the bottle or Matt Scudder's darkness.

Another significant aspect of this book is that all the action takes place in New Orleans, not Florida. From hotel balcony romances to depraved nightclubs, the story concerns drugs, prostitution, corruption, murder, and all kinds of dirty dealings. It all seems to take place at night as the foggy mists swirl.

All in all, a terrific novel, and highly recommended. ( )
  DaveWilde | Sep 22, 2017 |
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A search for a missing girl takes grief-stricken Mike Shayne to New Orleans It was a knife that brought Mike and Phyllis Shayne together-the murder weapon that Mike had to prove Phyllis did not bury in her mother's back. But years after they met, fell in love, and got married, Phyllis is dead, and the knife is just another blade. Grieving the loss of his wife, Mike decides he has had enough of Miami, where he and his beloved made a life together, and plans to move to New York and start again. But the South is not through with him yet. As Mike prepares to leave Miami for good, a worried father comes to him, begging him to help find his missing daughter. She is a depressive morphine addict who recently tried to take her own life. When that failed, she fled to New Orleans to throw herself into the arms of the drug. In order to help protect the girl from herself, Shayne musters up the strength to go to the Crescent City, but terrible dangers await him in French Quarter.… (more)

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