Re: RARA-AVIS: Brett Halliday recommendations

From: Brian Evankovich (
Date: 06 Aug 2002

>Brian said:
>You could also add Brett Halliday to the overlooked and
>underappreciated list...
>Abebooks has quite a selection of Halliday novels. Can
>you recommend a few good ones?
>thanks, miker

Mike, For Halliday, who wrote only a handful of the Mike Shayne books (every Shayne book after 1958 was done by ghost writers), I would start with either THIS IS IT, MICHAEL SHAYNE or A TASTE FOR VIOLENCE. Both represent the spectrum of the Shayne adventures. THIS IS IT is a fast-paced whodunnit that takes place over a couple of days and the action never lets up; TASTE is a Red Harvest riff that's slower-paced but just as good, if not better, because of all the intrigue. I'd get both and have a ball. I managed to grab both in hardcover at a used shop in Portland, OR, during a recent visit. You can't miss either either one. Shayne is a great PI - uses his brain instead of a gun but he's still tough as nails. --Brian

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