EP2639: Rocky Jordan: The Man They All Loved

Jack Moyles

A well-known and beloved missionary is found dead at the Tambourine.

Original Air Date: June 5, 1949

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EP2638: That Strong Guy: Tony on Parole

Steve Strong helps a young woman who needs help making sure her ex-con husband with anger issues reforms.

Original Air Date: Sometime in the mid-1950s

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EP2637: Mister Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons: The Case of the Melody of Murder

So lost, I'm fading

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A young man asks Mister Keen to investigate the death of his sister, a promising young pianist who was strangled.

Original Air Date: March 9, 1950

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Book Review: Tickets for Death


In Tickets for Death, Michael Shayne is called in to investigate counterfeit race track tickets at a small town outside of Miami. He and his wife Phyllis drive to a hotel. Before he can even get started investigating, he has to kill two thugs in self-defense.

This is a generally solid early Michael Shayne story. The story moves at a great pace, and we are given quite a bit of two-fisted action and a complex mystery with many clues as well as quite a few red herrings.

The only negative is that this novel continues his over-the-top playing fast and loose with the police and evidence. I  thought that writer Brett Halliday had reached the point of reigning in how irresponsible he wrote Shayne as being until the last couple chapters, where he does the most egregious thing I’ve ever read Shayne do.

Despite that, this is a fun read. By no means is it a great novel, but if you’re looking for a detective story from the 1940s with a hard-boiled bent, this one will certainly do the trick.

Rating:3.5 out of 5

 

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EP2636: Dragnet: The Big Brink

Jack Webb

Friday and Smith search for an armed robbery gang.

Original Air Date: December 15, 1953

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