- Title: The Double Take
- Author: Roy Huggins
- ISBN: null
- Page: 204
- Format: Kindle Edition
The Double Take, first published in 1946, is a classic piece of hard boiled mystery detective fiction, having all the elements needed to keep the reader s interest from the first page witty, often humorous dialogue, a cast of interesting characters, and detective Stuart Bailey, who would later star in author Roy Huggins popular TV drama, 77 Sunset Strip The plot beginThe Double Take, first published in 1946, is a classic piece of hard boiled mystery detective fiction, having all the elements needed to keep the reader s interest from the first page witty, often humorous dialogue, a cast of interesting characters, and detective Stuart Bailey, who would later star in author Roy Huggins popular TV drama, 77 Sunset Strip The plot begins with Bailey being hired by an influential politician who is being blackmailed in regard to his wife s questionable past Bailey investigates the woman in an attempt to stop the extortion, and as the story unfolds, there are many twists and turns Following The Double Take, Huggins turned his attention to creating memorable TV shows such as Maverick, The Fugitive, City of Angels, and The Rockford Files Huggins passed away in 2002 at age 87.
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“I sat down again and wondered what it was that was poking at me from deep inside. Oh, yes. Murder. And I was in it now, up to the last polka dot on my tie.”Thanks to my GR friend Gary Inbinder for steering me to the P.I. novel with a distinct Raymond Chandler flavor. Here our shamus is Stuart Bailey who works out of something we might call a virtual office or co-op office space in the Los Angeles of post-WW II. The story opens with Bailey meeting with a business man who says he has received [...]
Rating: pretty solid 3 stars of fiveThe writing's a competent imitation Chandler, the plot's a competent imitation Ellery Queen, the paperback damned near disintegrated as soon as it came outta the Scary Scary Bin. It's not like the novel is *bad* but he'd've done better to tone it down a wee tidge. Gets overheated at times. Lots of times. Like, all the time.The Franchot Tone-starring film, I Love Trouble, was mildly amusing. BUT the film's Huggins' entrée to the film/TV universe. This resulted [...]
Author Roy Huggins, the legendary Hollywood producer and screenwriter, started his career as a detective novelist. He was clearly a follower of Raymond Chandler -not a bad thing. Wise cracking PI Stuart Bailey gets involved over his head in this nicely plotted crime caper, meeting a slew of interesting characters, getting beat up, and doggedly chasing the twisting clues to a satisfying conclusion. The novel is certainly on par with the best of the 1940s era hard-boiled PI books that I've read.
Attention all hard-boiled fans and followersPut down now what you're reading and pick this up and read it. ASAP. Roy Huggins had a promising career as a writer but early on went into the new burgeoning media of television. Any of these ring a bell? 77 Sunset Strip, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.? Maverick, James Garner? (He had some very funny lines, as I remember.) The Fugitive, the TV series, with David Janssen? Hunter and The Rockford Files? If you haven't heard of any of these, then you're too young t [...]
4.5 starsFirst published in 1946, this is a bright little nugget from the Golden Age of hard-boiled detective fiction. A wealthy Los Angeles businessman with political ambitions receives a blackmail threat concerning his young wife's allegedly murky past. He calls on private investigator Stuart Bailey (later to appear in the popular 1950's TV series, 77 Sunset Strip). Bailey begins with a background check on the wife that soon evolves into a plot with more twists and turns than an LA canyon road [...]
Far, far too few of these!I've read more books then I could possibly count. Too few that have given me as much enjoyment. If you're a noir freak like myself you'll rate Raymond Chandler as the best of the best. Regrettably, he wasn't all that prolific. So, now I stumble across this guy who wrote only this single book that could give Chandler a run for his money. The shamus here hasn't got a cool name like Phillip Marlowe, nor half the answers. He more or less bumbles around but I remember only o [...]
One of a slew of Marlowe-esque PIs to emerge post-war (Think Max Thursday, Thomas Dewey's "Mac," and of course, Lew Archer)- Stuart Bailey went on to fame as a TV PI- I am too young to know anything about 77 Sunset Strip, which went off the air in 1964, but of course I remember The Rockford Files, which Huggins co-created with Stephen J. Cannell.If I charted my estimation as I read, I think it went from good to great, leveled off at good again, then regained some of its greatness as it zoomed to [...]
From 1948, Stuart Bailey's new case seemed easy enough. A young, would-be politician wanted him to discreetly investigate his wife of a couple of years. He'd received a blackmail call threatening to reveal her past. When he had not seemed to know anything about it, the caller gave him two weeks to learn the truth, then he wanted money.The case soon developed into something. Bailey was being followed. Someone tried to buy him off. Three thugs grabbed him and worked him over pretty thoroughly, the [...]
Roy Huggins was one of the legendary figures of Hollywood, particularly the television industry. Originally a writer. Once his first novel -this one -was purchased by Columbia Pictures, he left novels behind, wrote movie scripts, and produced tv shows such as Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip, the Fugitive, and the Rockford Files. He also known for naming names before HUAC.As great a television mind as he was, we novel readers lost a great voice when he gave up novels for the golden lights. The Double T [...]
Fast talking PI, Los Angeles setting, Chandleresque dialogue, and an intricate plot worthy of Dashiell Hammett, what more do you need? Fans of Huggins' 77 SUNSET STRIP will enjoy seeing the sees of that show planted here. Huggins did not want to be an author of novels but preferred TV as that evolved, however this novel shows he was more than capable.
THE DOUBLE TAKE may be the best Raymond Chandler type book not actually written by Chandler, and rather better than a couple that were. "A desk that was as bare as a mannequin's mind." Wonderful. So is the story, the characters, the pace, and everything else. Too bad Huggins wrote only this one novel and a few novellas. This one is a rare keeper from that genre.
Does not disappoint as an introduction to the sardonic world of Stuart Bailey, the urbane forerunner of both Bret Maverick and Jim Rockford.
Solid readFantastically hard boiled. Now I want to read more of Roy, especially since I found out he went on to such a distinguished career in TV.
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