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Author Information: Davis Dresser



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Davis Dresser (1904-1977) best known as the original Brett Halliday, creator of Mike Shayne, also wrote as Asa Baker, Mathew Blood, Kathryn Culver, Don Davis, Hal Debrett, Anthony Scott and Anderson Wayne. Born in Chicago, he grew up in West Texas, where he lost an eye to barbed wire, requiring him to wear an eyepatch the rest of his life. In 1927 he started to submit stories to pulp magazines. His first Michael Shayne novel, Dividend on Death, came out in 1939, published at first under the name Asa Baker.


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