RE: RARA-AVIS: Brett Halliday recommendations

From: Robison Michael R CNIN (
Date: 07 Aug 2002

Brian said: 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.

************ Thanks, Brian. I found A TASTE FOR VIOLENCE at a good price at Abebooks, so hopefully it will be landing on my doorstep soon. I'm glad I asked for recommendations on this. There appear to be a bunch of titles available, but A TASTE OF VIOLENCE was al- most universally recommended.


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