Mike Blair

Created by Hank Searls
Pseudonyms include Lee Costigan & Anthony Gray
(1922-2017 )

MIKE BLAIR was a San Francisco private dick who had a short run in the later pulps. Nothing exceptional -- he was suitably hard-boiled, and despite getting knocked about on a regular basis (his creator once noted that Blair "gets beat up in almost every story I wrote"), he tended to get the job done, whether it was finding a missing blonde or handling a particularly nasty blackmail case. His clients were often shady characters, bookies and the like, and Mike himself wasn't above doing matrimonial work, which lent the stories a light patina of grit that helped distinguish them from his more upright contemporaries and their always somehow-innocent clients, but Mike himself was a pretty decent guy.

The real mystery may be why, when Mysterious Press unleashed a series of collections of Dime Detective repeats in the late eighties, they decided that the relatively obscure Blair ranked a collection of his own, alongside such much more celebrated characters as Carroll John Daly's Race Williams, Norbert Davis' Max Latin, Erle Stanley Gardner Paul Pry and Frederick Nebel's Cardigan.

The author wrote crime, sci-fi, thrillers, mainstream novels and movie tie-ins, including Jaws 2: A Novel (1978) and Jaws: The Revenge (1987).

SHORT STORIES

  • "Shiv for Your Supper" (June 1949, F.B.I. Detective Stories)
  • "Kickback for a Killer" (August 1949, All-Story Detective)
  • "A Dish of Homicide" (November 1949, Dime Detective Magazine)
  • "Lethal Legacy for the Lady" (March 1950, Dime Detective Magazine)
  • "Let's All Die Together" (June 1950, Dime Detective Magazine)
  • "Keep Your Money Side Up" (August 1950, Dime Detective Magazine)
  • "For Auld Lang Crime" (December 1950, Dime Detective Magazine)

COLLECTIONS

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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