Individual Author Record
Name: Brett HallidayPen Name: Davis Dresser, Asa Baker, Matthew Blood, Kathryn Culver, Don Davis, Hal Debrett, Anthony Scott, Peter Field, Hal Debrett, Don Davis, and Anderson Wayne Genre: Mysteries Romance Westerns Born: July 31, 1904 in Chicago, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionHalliday was born in Chicago, Illinois.
Biographical and Professional InformationHalliday was best known for his long-lived series of Mike Shayne novels. Most of his novels were written under the pen name of Davis Dresser but he also wrote non-series mysteries, westerns and romances under the pen names Asa Baker, Matthew Blood, Kathryn Culver, Don Davis, Hal Debrett, Anthony Scott, Peter Field, Hal Debrett, Don Davis, and Anderson Wayne. The Shayne series went on to be highly successful and twelve motion pictures were made, seven of them featuring Lloyd Nolan as Shayne. Five of the Nolan films, which were produced by 20th Century Fox, have been released on DVD: ''Michael Shayne, Private Detective''; ''Sleepers West''; ''Dressed to Kill''; ''Blue, White and Perfect''; and ''The Man Who Wouldn't Die''. After the Fox series ended, five more Shayne films were made by PRC which featured Hugh Beaumont as the detective. There was also a TV series in 1960, starring Richard Denning. The 2005 film ''Kiss Kiss Bang Bang'' is based partly on Halliday's novel ''Bodies Are Where You Find Them''. Dresser was a founding member of the Mystery Writers of America, and in 1954 he and McCloy were given Edgar Awards for their critical writings on the genre. He lived in Santa Barbara, California, until his death at the age of 72.
Dividend on Death, 1939The Private Practice of Michael Shayne, 1940The Uncomplaining Corpse, 1940Tickets for Death, 1941Bodies are Where You Find Them, 1941The Corpse Came Calling, 1942Murder Wears a Mummer's Mask , 1943Blood on the Black Market, 1943Michael Shayne's Long Chance, 1944Murder and the Married Virgin, 1944Murder is My Business, 1945Marked for Murder, 1945Blood on Biscayne Bay, 1946Counterfeit Wife, Dell, 1947Blood on the Stars, 1948A Taste for Violence, 1949Call for Michael Shayne, 1949This is It, Michael Shayne, 1950Framed in Blood, 1951What Really Happened, 1952When Dorinda Dances, 1951One Night with Nora, 1953She Woke to Darkness, 1954Death Has Three Lives, 1955Stranger in Town, 1955The Blonde Cried Murder, 1956Weep for a Blonde, 1957Shoot the Works, 1957Murder and the Wanton Bride, 1958Fit to Kill, 1958Date with a Dead Man, 1959Target: Michael Shayne, 1959Die Like a Dog, 1959Murder Takes no Holiday, 1960Dolls are Deadly, 1960The Homicidal Virgin, 1960Killers from the Keys, 1961Murder in Haste, 1961The Careless Corpse, 1961Pay-Off in Blood, 1962Murder by Proxy, 1962Never Kill a Client, 1962Too Friendly, Too Dead, 1962The Corpse that Never Was, 1963The Body Came Back, 1963A Redhead for Michael Shayne, 1964Shoot to Kill, 1964Michael Shayne's 50th Case, 1964The Violent World of Michael Shayne, 1965Nice Fillies Finish Last, 1965Murder Spins the Wheel, 1966Armed...Dangerous..., 1966Mermaid on the Rocks, 1967Guilty as Hell, 1967So Lush, So Deadly, 1968Violence is Golden, 1968Lady, Be Bad, 1969Six Seconds to Kill, 1970Fourth Down to Death, 1970Count Backwards to Zero, 1971I Come to Kill You, 1971Caught Dead, 1972Kill All the Young Girls, 1973Blue Murder, 1973Last Seen Hitchhiking, 1974At the Point of a .38, 1974Million Dollar Handle, 1976Win Some, Lose Some, 1976