Murder and the Wanton Bride (Michael Shayne, Book 30)

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It continued for almost three decades as one of the few digests to offer detective fiction of a noticeably harder type than was generally available.

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Although Halliday also gave up writing the Shayne novels in with Murder and the Wanton Bride , the books continued for almost twenty more years, while the short stories and novellas regularly appeared in Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine well into the eighties. But no matter who was doing the writing, Michael Shayne proved to be a popular character, not only in print, but in film, radio and even television. In , Michael Shayne, Private Detective , the first of a what would turn out to be a long string of films, was released with Lloyd Nolan playing Shayne, now based in New York City, as a cocky, wise-cracking chucklehead.

The comedic elements of the novels, such as they were, were definitely played up, with Shayne and Phyllis going at it in madcap screwball fashion, and Peter Painter along for the ride, as well. The film was based primarily of the Halliday novel, The Private Practise of Michael Shayne , but it would be the last time one of the Shayne novels would ever be used as source material. Although mystery writer Brett Halliday got the credit for creating this detective and bringing him to radio, he never actually wrote any scripts — although he was happy enough to pick up the royalty checks.

There were three separate versions of this show over the years, and most of them took liberties with the source material, particularly when it camer to tone and setting, with Shayne headquartered in Oakland, New Orleans and finally back in miami. In October it went coast-to-coast, lasting until November This third and last series went off the air in July Easier to write, I guess. His assistant, a lovely blonde named Phyl Knight, was not prominent in most of the episodes.

In , Michael Shayne having pretty much conquered almost every other medium, moved onto television, with Richard Denning, who had previously starred in Mr. North , stepping into the gumshoes of Shayne.

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A few of the shows, however, were actually based on the books or at least named for them , and a number of episodes were penned by William Link and Richard Levinson. Turns out there was one more field to conquer, after all. The television show proved popular enough to spin off a Dell comic book tie-in.

Surprisingly, perhaps, at least some of the comic stories were actually based on Brett Halliday novels, and not merely adaptations of T.

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Denning as Shayne with guest star Pat Crowley. United States. Paul Stewart. Reporter Ned Brooks has been murdered, and the evidence points to Tim Rourke — at least, politician Jim Gardena is doing his best to pin the rap on him. Mike is hired to investigate a suspicious death that the police have already ruled as accidental.

When his activities threaten the election campaign of a would-be state attorney, the career of a prominent doctor and the insurance investigator who approved the claim for payment, he is slugged, drugged and framed for murder. Lucy asks Mike to investigate the murder of her friend's husband; an apparently loving spouse, he been discovered with his bags packed, two airplane tickets for Paris in his pocket and a love letter lying by his body.

Shayne regrets taking a day off to go fishing when he learns that a would-be client, a hard-charging investigative reporter, who had urgently begged for his assistance, was murdered before he could contact her.

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Taking the case personally, he ignores proper procedure and begins his own investigation into her murder and learns that a gambling racketeer, her estranged husband and a man accusing her of blackmail all had reason to kill her. This was actually the series' pilot episode. Shayne is hired to sell a valuable pearl necklace quickly and use the proceeds to pay off a gambling debt. When Shayne opts to pressure the gambling club owner into turning the IOU over to him for free, he is surprised when his client reacts angrily.

Mike learns that the gambling debt was only a ruse. His pretty client is up to her eyeballs in blackmail and murder with suspects that include her brother-in-law, the casino lawyer, a former boyfriend and a sleazy divorce attorney. Mike is hired to investigate the murder of Voltane, a magician appearing at a charity event.

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He soon discovers that the magician and his lovely assistant, Kara, where married and simultaneously engaged in extra-marital affairs. His list of suspects expands to the men and women trysting with the show people, the jealous boyfriend and girlfriend of those who were running around with Voltane and his wife and a former magician with whom Voltane had once carried on a torrid affair.

A man is found murdered in an alley. The only clue to his identity is a note scrawled inside a matchbook cover regarding an appointment with Mike at 9 a.

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Since Mike had no such appointment, and never makes them so early in the morning, he's intensely interested in discovering who killed his would-be client and why the dead man thought he had arranged for a meeting. When the misaddressed letter — complete with substantial retainer — arrives requesting the aforementioned appointment, Mike decides to take the dead man on as a client.

A publicist tries to hire Mike to serve as the bodyguard for one of the two favorites in a high-stakes beauty contest, but he refuses the offer. When the other favorite is found murdered in her dressing room, Mike agrees to represent her benefactor, an ex-mobster who swears he's gone straight. Mike must sort out the clues that point to several possible suspects — including other contestants, a businessman on the verge of bankruptcy and a sleazy bodyguard who might have double-crossed his employer.

An accountant working for a notorious racketeer is murdered while talking to Mike Shayne on the phone. Police believe that the man was carrying a list of all of the racketeer's business contacts, but the only thing the man had in his locked briefcase was a copy of Alice in Wonderland. Although Captain Gentry finds no evidence that the list was hidden between the book's pages, a thug kidnaps Shayne's secretary and orders Mike to steal the novel from the police or else the pretty blonde will be killed.

Lou Stephano is a former gangster with a long checkered past and lots of enemies. When someone tries to kill him he asks Mike Shayne for help. When a movie producer is found murdered on his set, Shayne is hired by the man financing the film to assist the police in the investigation. Shayne discovers that the actresses working on the film hated the dead man because of his lecherous ways, and a has-been director resented the way his role in the production was reduced to that of a voice coach.

While recovering from an embarrassing injury — being shot in his rear end with a spear gun — Shayne becomes involved in a wrongful death investigation when his internist is accused of an incorrect diagnosis; he treated a wealthy investment broker for insulin shock when the man wasn't a diabetic. The detective discovers that many people would have reason to want the man's death to look like a misdiagnosis — his estranged wife, his embezzling business partner, his pretty young lover who wanted to end their relationship and the lover's brother who would lose the source of his income if his sister had married the dead man.

A police sergeant who believed he was about to crack a major case was gunned down in a rundown section of Miami. Before he died, he pinned his badge on the symbol of the Ravens, one of juvenile gangs operating in the area. Will Gentry is sure that one of their members killed the police officer, but the gang members ask Mike Shayne to find the real killer before the city shuts down the rehabilitation center operating in their neighborhood. A pretty young woman hires Shayne look into the background of a man romancing the girl's wealthy mother.

Shayne discovers that the paramour, though separated, has never been legally divorced from his previous spouse. Before he can reveal this information, the gold-digger is found murdered on the wealthy woman's estate and the police accuse the maid, a survivor of a German concentration camp, of the crime. When Trina DeWitt, a best-selling novelist, informs her ne'er-do-well husband that she has filed for a divorce, her spouse reacts violently.

In the ensuing struggle the man falls on the ice pick that he'd twisted from his wife's hand. When the police arrive at the scene of the accident, they find no evidence of a body, or even a struggle, and are also not inclined to believe her story that someone has broken into her wall safe and stolen all her negotiable bonds and jewelry. Marty Maxwell, a wealthy but unhappily single tycoon, decides to marry one of his four ex-wives and invites the women to a party to get reacquainted.

He also invites Mike Shayne to the party, telling him that he has evidence that one of the women wishes to kill him. When Maxwell, as a practical joke, pretends to be poisoned, Shayne storms out of his apartment, but wishes he had stayed when he learns that his former client had, in fact, been murdered later in the evening. First appearance of Margie Regan as secretary Lucy Carr.