Weeep for a Blonde is the 27th Mike Shayne mystery. It was published in 1957. The DELL paperback version on the right was published in 1964 with a Robert McGinnis cover. Mike Shayne, a red-headed private investigator based in Miami, stumbles into a case where a beautiful blonde wife is being physically abused by her wealthy husband. When the blonde is murdered, Mike Shayne becomes the Prime Suspect.

I read Mike Shayne DELL paperbacks in the early 1960s. The McGinnis covers had a lot to do with that. But Mike Shayne was the first private eye character I read about. Later, I graduated to Mike Hammer, Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, and Lew Archer. But Mike Shayne was first. Do you have a favorite Mike Shayne novel?

8 thoughts on “FORGOTTEN BOOKS #439: WEEP FOR A BLONDE By Brett Halliday

  1. Jeff Meyerson

    I was waiting to see what Blonde would make the cut today. I haven’t read enough of Halliday and Shayne to have a favorite.

    1. Richard Moore

      I was a big Mike Shayne fan as a teenager. My memory is that the Shayne stories based in New Orleans were a cut above those in Miami, which were saddled with tiresome secondary characters.


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