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Brett Halliday (I) (1904–1977)


Prolific American writer who published from 1939 to 1976 more than 60 mystery novels that featured the private detective Michael Shayne. A founding member of the Mystery Writers of America, he was given an Edgar Award for his criticism in 1953. He also used the pseudonyms Asa Baker, Mathew Blood, Kathryn Culver, Don Davis, Hal Debrett, Anthony ... See more trivia »

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 2005 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (novel "Bodies Are Where You Find Them" - in part)
 1968 Ironside (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- The Macabre Mr. Micawber (1968) ... (written by)
- Officer Bobby (1968) ... (written by)
  Michael Shayne (TV Series) (characters - 27 episodes, 1960 - 1961) (novel - 7 episodes, 1960 - 1961) (character - 5 episodes, 1960) (story - 1 episode, 1960) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1960)
- Dead Air (1961) ... (characters)
- It Takes a Heap o' Dyin' (1961) ... (characters)
- No Shroud for Shayne (1961) ... (characters)
- The Trouble with Ernie (1961) ... (characters)
- Date with Death (1961) ... (characters)
 1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- A Personal Matter (1959) ... (story)
 1958 Decision (TV Series) (characters - 1 episode)
- Man on a Raft (1958) ... (characters)
 1955 Three Cases of Murder (story "You Killed Elizabeth")
 1954 Shadow of Fear (as Hal Debrett)
 1947 Too Many Winners (original characters) / (story)
 1947 Three on a Ticket (based on characters by) / (novel "The Corpse Came Calling")
 1946 Blonde for a Day (based on characters created by) / (story)
 1946 Larceny in Her Heart (original characters)
 1946 Murder Is My Business (novel "The Uncomplaining Corpse")
 1942 Time to Kill (character)
 1942 Just Off Broadway (character)
 1942 The Man Who Wouldn't Die (character created by)
 1942 Blue, White and Perfect (character)
 1941 Dressed to Kill (character created by)
 1941 Sleepers West (character created by)
 1940 Michael Shayne: Private Detective (novel "The Private Practice of Michael Shayne")
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 1960-1961 Michael Shayne (TV Series) (story consultant - 29 episodes)
- It Takes a Heap o' Dyin' (1961) ... (story consultant)
- No Shroud for Shayne (1961) ... (story consultant)
- The Trouble with Ernie (1961) ... (story consultant)
- Date with Death (1961) ... (story consultant)
- The Boat Caper (1961) ... (story consultant)

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Other Works:

Novel (featuring Michael Shayne): "The Corpse Came Calling" (filmed as Three on a Ticket (1947)). See more »

Alternate Names:

Hal Debrett

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Gave up writing the Mike Shayne detective novels in 1958. The last novel in the series written by Halliday is 'Murder and the Wanton Bride.' The rest of the novels, published well into the 1980s, were written by a series of ghost writers. See more »

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