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Subj: Mike Shayne #1
Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 at 07:47:26 pm EST (Viewed 110 times)

Tonight, I read Dell's Mike Shayne Private Eye #1 from 1962. This issue contained a pretty good mystery story, "The Private Practice of Michael Shayne". Our hero is accused of murder and goes through quite a bit of intrigue, gun-play, and gangsters to prove his innocence. The story is very well written and you would think that you were reading a paperback detective story. The artwork is not credited but is very good. Of course, the hero is debonair and there are quite a few interesting, lovely, female characters. The detective's conflict with both police and mobsters is very well depicted and shows the reason for the singularity that Mr. Shayne must maintain in order to solve his cases. The back-up story is "A Plot to Murder" - two identical sisters - one innocent, one conniving - in a plot to kill the rich, old husband of the conniver. Will good win out? Read the story and see. The art is nicely detailed on this story. There are some one page texts that are informative - Prohibition ; Landmarks of Crime- Paradise Square; Crime Notes - Rigor Mortis; and also a reformed criminal one-pager about Danny the Dip . All in all, very interesting and enjoyable reading for this detective mystery lover.

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