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Halliday, Brett - Michael Shayne's 50th Case

New York, Dodd Mead, 1964. First edition. The last of the hardback Shayne novels, the rest being paperback originals.  After 1958, Brett Halliday (pen name of Davis Dresser) turned the Shayne series over to ghostwriters. This adventure features the hardboiled redhead in a departure marked by character and motivation rather than detection and atmosphere.  Near fine in dust jacket, which is lightly chipped to top spine. $20.00.