Tag: counterfeiting

EP2818: Richard Diamond: The Charles Johnson Matter

EP2818: Richard Diamond: The Charles Johnson Matter
Diamond is hired by a man who insists he was framed for passing counterfeit bills.

Original Rebroadcast Date: September 13, 1953

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EP2756: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Takes a Crook Matter

Mandel Kramer
Johnny needs to hand over a car trunk full of counterfeit money to a federal agent but is robbed of it before he can.

Original Air Date: February 18, 1962

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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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EP2598: Boston Blackie: The Fifty Dollar Shoeshine Murder

Richard Kollmar

To solve a gang murder, Blackie has to unravel a counterfeiting case

Original Air Date: September 3, 1947

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EP2015: Richard Diamond: The Bogus Bills Case

Dick Powell

When someone passes a counterfeit bill to a newsboy, DIamond sets out to take down the counterfeiting ring.

Original Air Date: October 15, 1949

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