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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Shayne's Revenge

Michael "Mike" Shayne is the creation of Brett Halliday. Shayne's private investigator character debuted in 1939. Halliday wrote over 50 Shayne novels. The character appeared in over 300 short stories, dozens of films and television shows, as well on the radio from 1944 to 1953. The author became acquainted with Michael Shayne through old time radio shows and a few of Halliday's novels. The character Michael Shayne is now in the public domain. Many of the old Black & White Michael Shayne TV shows are in the public domain and are available on Youtube. The Shayne stories settings seem to bounce from Miami to New Orleans. Please enjoy this hard-boiled short of the red headed fighting Irishman, Mike Shayne as told by hard boiled author R. Archer.
Michael Shayne as in many of the Old Time Radio shows, begins this story with himself taking a beating. But this time, Shayne gets revenge.

Shayne’s Revenge (Hard Boiled Short)
By R. Archer
Hard Boiled Books
Price $1.49
11 Pages

“A Quick, Fun Read.”

Mike Shayne wakes up, to discover he had been slipped a Mickey by a beautiful woman. Pretending to still be out, he listens as the woman tells her companion that “the Doc” wanted the private eye brought to him. It doesn’t take long for the detective to turn the tables and discover an old enemy who wanted him dead.

These little 10 and 11 page short stories are quick, fun reads. Though the author could use a proofreader, I’m wondering if it even matters. The story is over before you can blink. Highly recommended for the many Mike Shayne and hardboiled readers out there.

Tom Johnson

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