Quinny Hite

Created by Richrd Burke (1886 --1962)

QUINNY HITE? How the hell did this guy ever survive childhood with a monicker like that?

But I guess he did survive, first as a cop and later as a cocky, derby-wearing private dick around town.

Not that he's some swanky member of the elite -- Quinny definitely a working class kind of guy, a guy who's been known to cut a few corners, maybe, but still remains pals with most of the cops in town. He's just that kinda guy. He has an office in Times Square, and a soft spot for his best gal, Joan, whom he hopes to marry some day.

Quinny appeared in five lightly boiled mysteries in the forties. The first novel in the series, The Dead Take No Bows (1941), is probably the best known, mostly because it formed the basis for Dressed To Kill, a Mike Shayne B-flick.

Author Burke was born in Los Angeles and worked as a typesetter for more than 60 newspapers in his career, mostly in California. He also worked as a theatrical photographer, a Shakespearean actor and a world traveler.

FUN WITH COVERS

Reader Bruce Nordstrom writes:

  • Just visiting, and wonder if you can help with some info.
    I bought a really beautiful old paperback the other day--
    Here Lies the Body by Richard Burke. Published by Popular Library, (310) January, 1951. And I am trying to find out who drew this cover (that's it up there--ed.). Do you know who drew this, or how I can find out?"

    Well, folks, any ideas? If so, feel free to contact Bruce at Ccjune@aol.com.

NOVEL

FILM

  • DRESSED TO KILL... Buy this DVD
    (1941, 20th Century Fox)
    Based on characters created by Brett Halliday and Death Takes No Bows by Richard Burke
    Screenplay by Stanley Rauh, Manning O'Connor
    Directed by Eugene Forde
    Starring Lloyd Nolan as MICHAEL SHAYNE
    Also starring William Demarest, Mary Beth Hughes

Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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