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
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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.
- A Redhead for Michael Shayne, 1964A Taste for Violence, 1949Armed...Dangerous..., 1966At the Point of a .38, 1974Blood on Biscayne Bay, 1946Blood on the Black Market, 1943Blood on the Stars, 1948Blue Murder, 1973Bodies are Where You Find Them, 1941Call for Michael Shayne, 1949Caught Dead, 1972Count Backwards to Zero, 1971Counterfeit Wife, Dell, 1947Date with a Dead Man, 1959Death Has Three Lives, 1955Die Like a Dog, 1959Dividend on Death, 1939Dolls are Deadly, 1960Fit to Kill, 1958Fourth Down to Death, 1970Framed in Blood, 1951Guilty as Hell, 1967I Come to Kill You, 1971Kill All the Young Girls, 1973Killers from the Keys, 1961Lady, Be Bad, 1969Last Seen Hitchhiking, 1974Marked for Murder, 1945Mermaid on the Rocks, 1967Michael Shayne's 50th Case, 1964Michael Shayne's Long Chance, 1944Million Dollar Handle, 1976Murder and the Married Virgin, 1944Murder and the Wanton Bride, 1958Murder by Proxy, 1962Murder in Haste, 1961Murder is My Business, 1945Murder Spins the Wheel, 1966Murder Takes no Holiday, 1960Murder Wears a Mummer's Mask , 1943Never Kill a Client, 1962Nice Fillies Finish Last, 1965One Night with Nora, 1953Pay-Off in Blood, 1962She Woke to Darkness, 1954Shoot the Works, 1957Shoot to Kill, 1964Six Seconds to Kill, 1970So Lush, So Deadly, 1968Stranger in Town, 1955Target: Michael Shayne, 1959The Blonde Cried Murder, 1956The Body Came Back, 1963The Careless Corpse, 1961The Corpse Came Calling, 1942The Corpse that Never Was, 1963The Homicidal Virgin, 1960The Private Practice of Michael Shayne, 1940The Uncomplaining Corpse, 1940The Violent World of Michael Shayne, 1965This is It, Michael Shayne, 1950Tickets for Death, 1941Too Friendly, Too Dead, 1962Violence is Golden, 1968Weep for a Blonde, 1957What Really Happened, 1952When Dorinda Dances, 1951Win Some, Lose Some, 1976