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Brett Halliday (I) (1904–1977)


Was a founding member of the Mystery Writers of America. See more trivia »

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Michael Shayne
Too Many Winners
Three on a Ticket


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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 - 24 episodes, 1960 - 1961) (novel - 5 episodes, 1960 - 1961) (character - 5 episodes, 1960) (based on characters created by - 3 episodes, 1960) (from a novel by - 2 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 Shadow of Fear (as Hal Debrett)
 1955 Three Cases of Murder (story "You Killed Elizabeth")
 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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Other Works:

Novel: "The Corpse That Never Was". See more »

Alternate Names:

Hal Debrett

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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 Scott, Anderson Wayne. "Brett Halliday" is also a ... See more »

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