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Name:  Brett Halliday  

Pen 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


-- Wikipedia -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Halliday
-- Brett Halliday on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=brett++halliday


Illinois Connection

Halliday was born in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Halliday 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.


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