My Bookshelf One Night with Nora Blonde Ale Pulp Fiction You Can Drink? I shit thee not. I was bookhunting in Pasadena one fine sunny afternoon when, seeking shelter from all that damn sunshine, I stumbled across this local brew on the menu at some prefab watering hole on Colorado, just down the street from … Continue reading My Bookshelf: One Night with Nora Blonde Ale
Created by Richard Burke (1886-1962) QUINNY HITE? QUINNY? How the hell did this guy ever survive childhood with a monicker like that? But I guess he did survive, first as a cop and later as a cocky, derby-wearing private dick around town. Not that he's some swanky member of the elite--nope, Quinny definitely a working … Continue reading Quinny Hite
Created by Robert KylePseudonym of Robert TerrallOther pseudonyms include John Gonzales, Brett Halliday(1914-2009) Apparently BEN GATES is "one of the few detectives in New York who can keep his mouth shut", although "nobody claims he's a saint." He appeared in five affably amusing PBO's printed by Dell in the late fifties/early sixties. The usual period … Continue reading Ben Gates
Hmmm... sounds like a case for Mike Shayne “I was thrilled to be Brett Halliday.” — James Reasoner Davis Dresser, the original Brett Halliday, allegedly wrote only fifty (ONLY!) of the Mike Shayne books, with a little help from ghostwriters such as Ryerson Johnson, while twenty-seven more were written by Robert Terrall. And then there … Continue reading Who Was Brett Halliday?
Created by Edward Y. Breese (1912-79) JOHHNY HAWK, an "odd-job man for emergencies, a trouble shooter and a free-lance free-lance", showed up in a series of solid short stories that appeared in mystery digests like Mike Shayne and Alfred Hitchcock in the late sixties to mid-seventies. Edward Y. Breese was born in 1912 in Trenton, New Jersey, … Continue reading Johnny Hawk
My Scrapbook The Michael Shayne page from Radio's Golden Years by Breese and Lynes This is the Michael Shayne entry from Radio's Golden Years: A Visual Guide to the Shows & Stars, a 1998 self-published, limited edition labour of love by Frank Bresee and Bobb Lynes. It may not be the most thorough of reference book on … Continue reading My Scrapbook: The Michael Shayne page from Radio’s Golden Years by Breese and Lynes