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James Hadley Chase - Author

About the Author

Born Rene Brabazon Raymond in London, the son of a British colonel in the Indian Army, James Hadley Chase was educated at King's School in Rochester, Kent, and left home at the age of 18. He initially worked in book sales until, inspired by the rise of gangster culture during the Depression and by reading James M. Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice, he wrote his first novel, No Orchids for Miss Blandish. Despite the American setting of many of his novels, Chase (like Peter Cheyney, another hugely successful British noir writer) never lived there, writing with the aid of maps and a slang dictionary. He had phenomenal success with the novel, which continued unabated throughout his entire career, spanning 45 years and nearly 90 novels. His work was published in dozens of languages and over thirty titles were adapted for film. He served in the RAF during World War II, where he also edited the RAF Journal. In 1956 he moved to France with his wife and son; they later moved to Switzerland, where Chase lived until his death in 1985.

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WHAT'S BETTER THAN MONEY

WHAT'S BETTER THAN MONEY

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: eBook Release Date: 11/09/2018

Za polveka pisatel'skoj deyatel'nosti britanskij avtor detektivov Rene Brabazon Rejmond (1906-1985) opublikoval okolo devyanosta kriminal'nyh romanov i smenil neskol'ko tvorcheskih psevdonimov. Samyj proslavlennyj iz nih - Dzhejms Hehdli CHejz. "e;YA, kak ishchejka, beru sled i chuyu, chego hochet chitatel'. I chto on kupit"e;, - tak mehtr ob"e;yasnyal uspekh svoih romanov, ohotno raskryvaya zolotonosnyj sekret: chitatelej privlekayut "e;dejstvie i ritm"e;. V XX veke ne ostalos' mesta nespeshnym staromodnym istoriyam, v kotoryh ehkscentrichnyj syshchik rassleduet zagadochnoe ubijstvo aristokrata v dekoraciyah uyutnogo zagorodnogo osobnyaka; po zakonam novogo vremeni detektiv puskaet v hod revol'ver edva li ne chashche, chem dedukciyu.

COME EASY, GO EASY

COME EASY, GO EASY

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: eBook Release Date: 11/09/2018

Za polveka pisatel'skoj deyatel'nosti britanskij avtor detektivov Rene Brabazon Rejmond (1906-1985) opublikoval okolo devyanosta kriminal'nyh romanov i smenil neskol'ko tvorcheskih psevdonimov. Samyj proslavlennyj iz nih - Dzhejms Hehdli CHejz. "e;YA, kak ishchejka, beru sled i chuyu, chego hochet chitatel'. I chto on kupit"e;, - tak mehtr ob"e;yasnyal uspekh svoih romanov, ohotno raskryvaya zolotonosnyj sekret: chitatelej privlekayut "e;dejstvie i ritm"e;. V XX veke ne ostalos' mesta nespeshnym staromodnym istoriyam, v kotoryh ehkscentrichnyj syshchik rassleduet zagadochnoe ubijstvo aristokrata v dekoraciyah uyutnogo zagorodnogo osobnyaka; po zakonam novogo vremeni detektiv puskaet v hod revol'ver edva li ne chashche, chem dedukciyu.

HIT AND RUN

HIT AND RUN

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: eBook Release Date: 11/09/2018

Za polveka pisatel'skoj deyatel'nosti britanskij avtor detektivov Rene Brabazon Rejmond (1906-1985) opublikoval okolo devyanosta kriminal'nyh romanov i smenil neskol'ko tvorcheskih psevdonimov. Samyj proslavlennyj iz nih - Dzhejms Hehdli CHejz. "e;YA, kak ishchejka, beru sled i chuyu, chego hochet chitatel'. I chto on kupit"e;, - tak mehtr ob"e;yasnyal uspekh svoih romanov, ohotno raskryvaya zolotonosnyj sekret: chitatelej privlekayut "e;dejstvie i ritm"e;. V XX veke ne ostalos' mesta nespeshnym staromodnym istoriyam, v kotoryh ehkscentrichnyj syshchik rassleduet zagadochnoe ubijstvo aristokrata v dekoraciyah uyutnogo zagorodnogo osobnyaka; po zakonam novogo vremeni detektiv puskaet v hod revol'ver edva li ne chashche, chem dedukciyu.

I WOULD RATHER STAY POOR

I WOULD RATHER STAY POOR

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: eBook Release Date: 31/08/2018

Za polveka pisatel'skoj deyatel'nosti britanskij avtor detektivov Rene Brabazon Rejmond (1906-1985) opublikoval okolo devyanosta kriminal'nyh romanov i smenil neskol'ko tvorcheskih psevdonimov. Samyj proslavlennyj iz nih - Dzhejms Hedli CHejz. "e;YA, kak ishchejka, beru sled i chuyu, chego hochet chitatel'. I chto on kupit"e;, - tak mehtr ob"e;yasnyal uspekh svoih romanov, ohotno raskryvaya zolotonosnyj sekret: chitatelej privlekayut "e;dejstvie i ritm"e;. V XX veke ne ostalos' mesta nespeshnym staromodnym istoriyam, v kotoryh ehkscentrichnyj syshchik rassleduet zagadochnoe ubijstvo aristokrata v dekoraciyah uyutnogo zagorodnogo osobnyaka; po zakonam novogo vremeni detektiv puskaet v hod revol'ver edva li ne chashche, chem dedukciyu.

JUST ANOTHER SUCKER

JUST ANOTHER SUCKER

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: eBook Release Date: 31/08/2018

Za polveka pisatel'skoj deyatel'nosti britanskij avtor detektivov Rene Brabazon Rejmond (1906-1985) opublikoval okolo devyanosta kriminal'nyh romanov i smenil neskol'ko tvorcheskih psevdonimov. Samyj proslavlennyj iz nih - Dzhejms Hedli CHejz. "e;YA, kak ishchejka, beru sled i chuyu, chego hochet chitatel'. I chto on kupit"e;, - tak mehtr ob"e;yasnyal uspekh svoih romanov, ohotno raskryvaya zolotonosnyj sekret: chitatelej privlekayut "e;dejstvie i ritm"e;. V XX veke ne ostalos' mesta nespeshnym staromodnym istoriyam, v kotoryh ehkscentrichnyj syshchik rassleduet zagadochnoe ubijstvo aristokrata v dekoraciyah uyutnogo zagorodnogo osobnyaka; po zakonam novogo vremeni detektiv puskaet v hod revol'ver edva li ne chashche, chem dedukciyu.

WHY PICK ON ME?

WHY PICK ON ME?

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: eBook Release Date: 31/08/2018

Za polveka pisatel'skoj deyatel'nosti britanskij avtor detektivov Rene Brabazon Rejmond (1906-1985) opublikoval okolo devyanosta kriminal'nyh romanov i smenil neskol'ko tvorcheskih psevdonimov. Samyj proslavlennyj iz nih - Dzhejms Hedli CHejz. "e;YA, kak ishchejka, beru sled i chuyu, chego hochet chitatel'. I chto on kupit"e;, - tak mehtr ob"e;yasnyal uspekh svoih romanov, ohotno raskryvaya zolotonosnyj sekret: chitatelej privlekayut "e;dejstvie i ritm"e;. V XX veke ne ostalos' mesta nespeshnym staromodnym istoriyam, v kotoryh ehkscentrichnyj syshchik rassleduet zagadochnoe ubijstvo aristokrata v dekoraciyah uyutnogo zagorodnogo osobnyaka; po zakonam novogo vremeni detektiv puskaet v hod revol'ver edva li ne chashche, chem dedukciyu.

MALLORY

MALLORY

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: eBook Release Date: 31/08/2018

Za polveka pisatel'skoj deyatel'nosti britanskij avtor detektivov Rene Brabazon Rejmond (1906-1985) opublikoval okolo devyanosta kriminal'nyh romanov i smenil neskol'ko tvorcheskih psevdonimov. Samyj proslavlennyj iz nih - Dzhejms Hedli CHejz. "e;YA, kak ishchejka, beru sled i chuyu, chego hochet chitatel'. I chto on kupit"e;, - tak mehtr ob"e;yasnyal uspekh svoih romanov, ohotno raskryvaya zolotonosnyj sekret: chitatelej privlekayut "e;dejstvie i ritm"e;. V XX veke ne ostalos' mesta nespeshnym staromodnym istoriyam, v kotoryh ehkscentrichnyj syshchik rassleduet zagadochnoe ubijstvo aristokrata v dekoraciyah uyutnogo zagorodnogo osobnyaka; po zakonam novogo vremeni detektiv puskaet v hod revol'ver edva li ne chashche, chem dedukciyu.

Miss Callaghan Comes to Grief

Miss Callaghan Comes to Grief

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/04/2018

No Orchids for Miss Blandish

No Orchids for Miss Blandish

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/04/2018

The Dead Stay Dumb

The Dead Stay Dumb

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/04/2018

Twelve Chinamen and a Woman

Twelve Chinamen and a Woman

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/04/2018

He Won't Need It Now

He Won't Need It Now

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/04/2018

Lady-Here's Your Wreath

Lady-Here's Your Wreath

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/04/2018

Eve / More Deadly Than the Male

Eve / More Deadly Than the Male

Author: James Hadley Chase, Gregory Shepard Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2017

We'll Share a Double Funeral

We'll Share a Double Funeral

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/09/2014

Chet Logan, known as the Axe Killer, escapes from custody while being escorted to jail. Disguised as a police officer, he meets up with movie writer Perry Weston and persuades him to drive to Weston's remote fishing lodge. Once there, and somewhat to Weston's surprise, Logan agrees to talk about his life and how he came to murder six people. The police become suspicious and put a watch on the lodge. Then Weston's wayward wife visits him and promises a fresh start. Logan wants money and a chance to start again ... Can either of them deliver or will Weston and Logan share a double funeral?

I Would Rather Stay Poor

I Would Rather Stay Poor

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/04/2014

Like most bank managers, Dave Calvin had acquired an irresistible charm that he could switch on whenever he felt the necessity. Underneath it he was cold, calculating, brutal - a perfect murderer. For years he had waited - watching an endless stream of money pass through his hands - knowing that a risk was only worth taking if the reward was justified. And a $300,000 payroll was justification enough - even for murder ...

An Ear to the Ground

An Ear to the Ground

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/04/2014

The Esmaldi necklace was worth about $350,000: one hundred matched diamonds the size of garden peas, set in platinum. The sort of necklace people would murder for ... And Al Barney, beachcomber and layabout, knew its history - a tale of hate, jealousy and violence; of beautiful, wanton women and the most cunningly devised jewel robbery ever.

Just a Matter of Time

Just a Matter of Time

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/04/2014

Even for a redhead, Helen Dester was wild - she'd driven one guy to drink and made another jump out of a top-floor window. Glyn Nash realises that to tangle with her will be dangerous. But he has no option if he wants a share of the $750,000 insurance money Helen stands to gain if her husband dies accidentally - or even if he is murdered.

Have a Change of Scene

Have a Change of Scene

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/04/2014

Larry Carr is a diamond expert in need of a break. So when his psychiatrist suggests he has a change of scene, he jumps at the opportunity to move to Luceville, a struggling industrial town, and become a social worker. This, he thinks, will give him all the rest he needs. But soon he runs into Rhea Morgan, a ruthless, vicious thief who also happens to be extremely attractive. He falls headlong into the criminal world and embarks upon a thrilling, rapid and dastardly adventure ...

Like a Hole in the Head

Like a Hole in the Head

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/04/2014

Jay Benson had been one of the US Army's top snipers. In Vietnam he'd killed 82 Vietcong. But making the School of Shooting he'd taken over outside Paradise City pay was a tougher proposition than the Vietnamese jungle. So when the sinister Augusto Savanto turns up with an offer of $50,000 if Jay turns his gun-shy son into an expert shot - in just nine days - he accepts. Then he discovers the horrific reason why Savanto wants his son made into a marksman. But by now there is no backing out for Jay ...

Have this One on Me

Have this One on Me

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/04/2014

Mark Girland, good-for-nothing secret agent with a distinct weakness for money and women, finds himself in Prague for his latest adventure. But events in the Communist country prove all too much for Girland as he comes face-to-face with a sinister world of deception, fraud and corruption. 'The same compulsive readability and sheer hard story-telling as in every other' Sheffield Telegraph

Knock, Knock, Who's There?

Knock, Knock, Who's There?

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/04/2014

Johnny Bianda is a man with a dream. He wants to own a boat off the coast of Florida and he only needs $186,000 to buy it. He steals the money from his firm, knowing that one day they'll notice and one day they'll kill him for it - after all, it is the Mafia. But for Johnny Bianda, the risk is worth taking and he knows it will be at least a year before they catch up with him. Unfortunately for Bianda, the knock on his door comes sooner than he thinks ...

My Laugh Comes Last

My Laugh Comes Last

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/04/2014

Farrell Brannigan, President of the National Californian Bank, is an extremely successful man. So when he builds another bank in an up-and-coming town on the Pacific coast, he is given worldwide publicity, and this new bank is hailed as the 'safest bank in the world'. But Brannigan's success comes at a price and he makes enemies on his way up the ladder. It seems one of them is now set on revenge and determined to destroy both the bank and Brannigan himself.

I Hold the Four Aces

I Hold the Four Aces

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/04/2014

Helga Rolfe is blonde, beautiful, and bright enough to control her own multi-million pound empire. But not to control her secret weakness: sex. Former lover, Archer, knows it. He has an old score to settle with her and he needs cash. When handsome gigolo Christopher Greenville crosses his path, he's found the way to both. With Archer's coaching, Chris cons Helga into wanting him badly enough to propose marriage, and when Archer fakes Chris's kidnapping, she is ready to pay the huge ransom. But events take a frightening twist when the local Mafia join the action ...

Have a Nice Night

Have a Nice Night

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/04/2014

When Detective Tom Lepski shot down the runaway killer on his beat in Paradise City, he unleashed a chain of events that would involve two sets of criminals and a honeymoon couple in one of the most exciting nights any of them had seen for a long time. Wilbur Warrenton and his beautiful, grasping wife Maria are on their honeymoon in the luxurious Spanish Bay Hotel when their penthouse suite is the scene of a collision between a gang of jewel thieves intent on stealing the famous Warrenton diamonds and a gang of ransom-hungry Cubans - all determined to get exactly what they want - at any cost ...

Hit Them Where it Hurts

Hit Them Where it Hurts

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/04/2014

Dirk Wallace is handed a simple assignment - find out who's blackmailing Mrs Thorsen's daughter. Before long, Wallace realises that he's up against some very organised crime. And when things turn nasty, there's only one thing to do. Wallace and his assistant quit the Acme Detective Agency and go it alone. There's a score to be settled. And Dirk Wallace doesn't want to have to play by the rules.

You Never Know With Women (Mills & Boon M&B) (Vintage Collection, Book 1)

You Never Know With Women (Mills & Boon M&B) (Vintage Collection, Book 1)

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: eBook Release Date: 28/02/2014

Veda Rux, a beautiful blonde, known professionally as a stripper, steals a priceless Cellini dagger from the safe in millionaire Lindsay Brett's home. Her agent, Cornelius Gorman, approaches Floyd Jackson, a private investigator and first-rate blackmailer, and asks him to return the dagger before the theft is discovered.Jackson should have known there was something wrong with the whole situation, but, blinded by the beauty of Veda and more money than he had ever seen, he agreed to the proposition.From the moment he fell in love with Veda, his doom was sealed-he was caught up in a relentless intrigue that made him a cat's-paw for murder.

I'll Bury My Dead (Mills & Boon M&B) (Vintage Collection, Book 2)

I'll Bury My Dead (Mills & Boon M&B) (Vintage Collection, Book 2)

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: eBook Release Date: 28/02/2014

"e;This is a personal matter. Someone killed my brother. I don't like that. If the police can't take care of it, then I'll bury my own dead."e;Nick English meant every word, but his efforts to find his brother's killer started a chain reaction of murder and violence that would nearly end his own life.Here is a story of organized blackmail punctuated by sudden and gruesome murder. Written with the punch and speed of a rivet gun, I'll Bury My Dead confirms James Hadley Chase's reputation as a leading writer of all-action, edge-of-your-seat thrillers that demand to be read in a single sitting.

A Coffin From Hong Kong

A Coffin From Hong Kong

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/12/2013

It was the easiest GBP3,000 Nelson Ryan had ever made - but suddenly he realised he was being played for a sucker. A telephone call, seemingly innocent enough, led him to the murder of a Chinese call-girl who talked too much. It also pitched him straight into the teeming, sordid night life of colourful Hong Kong. From now on, Ryan would stick at nothing to get the killer who'd crossed him up.

Believed Violent

Believed Violent

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/12/2013

The Russians will pay $4,000,000 for the top secret formula to a revolutionary new metal ... and the CIA will do anything to stop them. American inventor Dr Paul Forrester is the man that both sides want. He alone can decipher the vital code but, for two years, Forrester has been in a mental asylum - ever since that bloody day when he walked in on his beautiful wife and her lover. So it's Nona Jacey, Forrester's former lab assistant, who becomes a helpless pawn in the power struggle to possess the scientist. Because she is the only person that holds the key to unlocking Forrester's mind ...

Goldfish Have No Hiding Place

Goldfish Have No Hiding Place

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/12/2013

Steve Manson's magazine dealt in corruption: he attacked the rich, the powerful and the famous - and he made enemies. In a job like that, you couldn't afford to have dirty secrets of your own. With the whole town itching for you to make a slip, it was like living in a goldfish bowl. But Steve had lived clean - until his beautiful, extravagant wife was caught shoplifting, and suddenly he was up to his neck in the dirtiest secrets of all - blackmail and murder.

An Ace Up My Sleeve

An Ace Up My Sleeve

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/12/2013

From the moment Helga Rolfe, the elegant wife of one of the richest tycoons, picks up a gum-chewing boy young enough to be her son, events jump back and skid through a series of 180-degree turns. Games of bluff and counter bluff quickly develop into a dangerous and deadly battle and as the action hots up, Chase weaves a fast-moving story of blackmail, intrigue and extortion with a hair-raising climax.

Hand Me a Fig-Leaf

Hand Me a Fig-Leaf

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/12/2013

When Johnny Jackson unaccountably disappears, his grandfather contacts the police for help. As they prove to be uninterested, he turns instead to Colonel Parnell of the Parnell Detective Agency. It seems at first to be a simple case of a missing person - but they soon find themselves in the middle of a complicated web of deceit, intrigue and murder.

Consider Yourself Dead

Consider Yourself Dead

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/12/2013

Kidnapping has become a national pastime in Italy - but is there another reason why billionaire Carlo Grandi has put his beautiful daughter behind an electric fence, guarded by killer dogs and two fast-shooting guards? Mike Frost, always on the look-out for big money and beautiful women, gets the job as second gun - and soon realises he is guarding a hell cat. When kidnappers sold him the idea of being the inside man, Frost hadn't known which he wanted most - that beautiful body or the $5,000,000 it could bring him.

A Can of Worms

A Can of Worms

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/12/2013

Private detective Bart Anderson is hired by Russ Hamel, a millionaire author, to shadow his beautiful wife, Nancy. For Hamel has been receiving poison pen letters claiming that his wife has been having an affair. But as Bart's investigation progresses, he discovers that he has opened up a can of worms - for Nancy is not the faithful wife her husband assumes ... 'The thriller maestro of the generation' Manchester Evening News

Believe This . . . You'll Believe Anything

Believe This . . . You'll Believe Anything

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/12/2013

Clay Burden married his wife Rhonda because he was tired of being on his own. Val had walked out on him - and if he couldn't have Val, maybe marriage might make him forget her. Six years later, working in Paradise City, Clay meets Val again. Married to the sinister Henry Vidal, she's changed: still beautiful and passionate, still compelling, but tense and nervous and driven by odd fears and anxieties. When Clay leaves his job and joins the Vidal empire, what begins as a sneaking feeling of unease hardens into stone cold certainty. Val must be released from the hypnotic influence exerted over her by her husband - even if Clay has to murder to set her free ...

Do me a Favour - Drop Dead

Do me a Favour - Drop Dead

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/12/2013

Keith Devery, burdened with a criminal record, arrives in Wicksteed, a prosperous little town on the Pacific coast. He is looking for any job that will provide eating money. It is when he meets Beth Marshall - whose husband, a local drunk, is to inherit $1,000,000 - that he realises there's a way to get back in the big league. Together they ruthlessly plot the perfect murder, but Keith soon finds himself at the centre of a double-bluff. Beth has plans of her own once the money is hers ...

Just Another Sucker

Just Another Sucker

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/11/2013

A man will do almost anything when a rich and beautiful woman offers him fifty thousand dollars just to make a telephone call. But when that telephone call is part of a fake kidnap plan to extract five hundred thousand dollars from one of the richest men in the world, only a sucker would gamble on the deal paying off in his favour. Harry Barber is a sucker. After three and a half years in jail for a crime he didn't commit, with no job and no money, he is the perfect target of a brilliant plan to frame him for the brutal murder of a young girl.

The Vulture is a Patient Bird

The Vulture is a Patient Bird

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2013

A brilliant but sadistic safe-breaker; a beautiful seductress; an expert young hunter and an ace pilot with a shady past - this is the team that undercover operator Armo Shalik assembles to steal the priceless Borgia ring from millionaire Max Kahlenberg's closely guarded fortress in the remote and deadly African bush. But when Kahlenberg finds out they are coming, the gang's expedition turns into a strictly one-way safari - to slaughter ... 'Insanely readable' Observer

Want to Stay Alive?

Want to Stay Alive?

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2013

Poke Tohola, a Seminole Indian, is on to a smart racket. His formula is that fear is the key that unlocks the wallets and handbags of the rich. But Chuck, a cop-killer at 18, and Meg, beddable but dumb, don't work to formula. The three of them turn Paradise City into Panic City. Then Detective Tom Lepski lumbers in ... 'An old master on top form' Sunday Telegraph

One Bright Summer Morning

One Bright Summer Morning

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2013

Successful dramatist Victor Dermott rents an isolated ranch-house in the Nevada Desert. For two months all is ideal, then one bright summer morning he wakes to find his dog, his guns, his servant vanished - and the telephone dead. The terror has begun ... 'Agonising tension sustained throughout a first-rate story' Evening Standard

You're Dead Without Money

You're Dead Without Money

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2013

Joey Luck and his daughter Cindy are small-time criminals going nowhere fast, until they join forces with Vin Pinna, a hardened criminal on the run from Miami. They soon begin to set their sights higher and turn their hands to kidnapping. But their hostage, ex-movie star Don Elliot, seems to have different ideas. When he wants in they form a 'quartet in crime', and this time the stakes are higher still - eight Russian stamps worth a million dollars. 'Realistic and suspenseful far beyond his average' Observer

Well Now, My Pretty

Well Now, My Pretty

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2013

Serge Maisky has a record as long as your arm. In and out of jail all his life, he's dreamed for years of the big steal that will set him up for good. He's all set to make it. He's bribed one of the girls who work in the vaults of the Paradise City casino. Nothing is going to stand between Maisky, his four specially recruited accomplices and all that loot. So when the lovely Sheila and her unassuming husband, unwittingly take off with Maisky's reward, Maisky gets mad. Real mad ...

The Whiff of Money

The Whiff of Money

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2013

Secret Agent Mark Kirkland has been given the task of locating and retrieving three pornographic films. His mission must remain top secret as the films, rather embarrassingly, feature the daughter of the future president of the United States. His quest leads him to the depths of Bavaria, where he finds Soviet agent Malik and sidekick Lu Silk also rather interested in the whereabouts of the films. Who will find them first? And, once found, who's to say they won't immediately disappear again? The thriller maestro of the generation Manchester Evening News

You Have Yourself a Deal

You Have Yourself a Deal

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2013

Mark Girland's problems begin when a beautiful blonde is found lying on a dark deserted quai in Paris - the initials of the top Chinese atomic scientist tattooed on her upper thigh. The girl is suffering from acute amnesia. Girland, desperate for money, is ordered by the CIA to get any information he can - by posing as her husband. But the appeal of the mission begins to wear thin when Girland discovers he has involved himself in a life and death race to extract vital atomic secrets from the scientist's beautiful mistress.

The Soft Centre

The Soft Centre

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2013

This swift-moving story of murder and suspense culminates in an unexpected and dramatic climax that is the hallmark of a James Hadley Chase novel. Chris Burnett - successful, wealthy and married to the daughter of a multi-millionaire - receives severe brain injuries in a car accident. While convalescing Burnett disappears for 24 hours, during which time a prostitute is brutally murdered and mutilated. Evidence found by a private inquiry points to Burnett. His wife, blackmailed by the inquiry agent, sets out to prove her husband's innocence ...

So What Happens to Me?

So What Happens to Me?

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2013

Jack Crane arrives in Paradise City to find a job lined up for him by his ex-boss Bernie Olson. Bernie, a bomber pilot turned personal pilot to multi-millionaire Lane Essex, wants Jack to fly Essex's new luxury plane in a hijack plan. Planning a hijack shouldn't be that difficult, but they soon discover they didn't account for every eventuality. There's a stowaway passenger on board - Lane's gorgeous wife Victoria - who decides to join the party ...

Tell It to the Birds

Tell It to the Birds

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2013

When a small-time clerk insures his life for $50,000 and then suddenly dies ten days later, it doesn't take a genius to work out something suspicious is going on. So when Maddox, the top man in the insurance business, finds out, he is determined to get to the bottom of it. And this means trouble for someone. In fact, it means trouble for the beautiful, auburn-haired Meg Barlowe, a woman with a serious past. 'The thriller maestro of the generation' Manchester Evening News

Lady-Here's Your Wreath

Lady-Here's Your Wreath

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/06/2013

You Must Be Kidding

You Must Be Kidding

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2013

The only clue that could lead to the arrest of a homicidal killer is a golf ball button, torn from the jacket the killer was wearing, and found next to the horrifyingly mutilated body of a young hooker. There are four owners of jackets with golf ball buttons living in the city. When Detective Tom Lepski of the Paradise City Police checks out these jackets, suspicion falls on Ken Brandon, an insurance agent. But just when Lepski is sure he has his man, two more horrifying killings occur, and he is faced with the trickiest case he's ever had to solve.

The Joker in the Pack

The Joker in the Pack

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2013

When Helga Rolfe flies into Nassau to join her elderly millionaire husband, Herman, she finds plenty of bad news awaiting her. Crippled, suspicious Herman has long suspected she's been playing around since their marriage, and is proposing to write some nasty-looking terms into his will. Herman is right, of course - Helga's weakness is for handsome, sexy men like Harry Jackson, whom she meets on the beach the day she arrives. But Harry is not quite what she thinks - and because of him she suddenly finds herself in a nightmare world of blackmail, voodoo and violence ... 'I always enjoy his books ... he just keeps me reading' George Macdonald Fraser

Try This One for Size

Try This One for Size

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2013

When Claude Kendrick, owner of a shadily run art gallery in Paradise City, is approached by Ed Haddon, the King of art thieves, to find a buyer for a priceless icon of Catherine the Great, he believes his dreams have come true. Herman Radnitz, a multimillionaire, is the man prepared to pay six million dollars for the stolen art, but there's a catch: Radnitz wanted the icon delivered to Zurich as part of the deal. To his joy, Kendrick learns of a couple travelling to Europe. All he has to do is make sure the icon is planted on them unawares. But he's picked the wrong couple ...

Not My Thing

Not My Thing

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2013

Not my thing is a powerful, compulsive novel of betrayal and death from James Hadley Chase, the master of mystery and adventure. Ruthless tycoon Sherman Jamison is determined to have an heir. He will let nothing stand in his way. Yet, not only is his wife unable to provide him with a child, but as a devout Catholic she will not consent to the divorce her husband so desperately wants. And so Jamison decides to get rid of her ... permanently.

He Won't Need It Now

He Won't Need It Now

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/05/2013

Miss Callaghan Comes to Grief

Miss Callaghan Comes to Grief

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/05/2013

No Orchids for Miss Blandish

No Orchids for Miss Blandish

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/2013

The Dead Stay Dumb

The Dead Stay Dumb

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/04/2013

Twelve Chinamen and a Woman

Twelve Chinamen and a Woman

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/04/2013

Come Easy - Go Easy

Come Easy - Go Easy

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2013

When Chet Carson broke jail he thought he'd found a safe hideout in a lonely filling station. But instead he finds himself caught up in a dangerous threesome - an elderly owner, his gorgeous wife, Lola, and a safe with a fortune inside, which Lola wants. Her chance comes when she uncovers Chet's identity and threatens him with jail unless he opens the safe. Chet is in dead trouble. If he lands in prison again he'll be crucified, but if he opens the safe Lola will pin the rap on him anyway. Somehow there has to be a third way ...

Shock Treatment

Shock Treatment

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2013

Terry Regan, who'd dropped into the Delaneys' cabin up at Blue Jay Lake to sell them a TV set, took in the situation at a glance. Gilda was young and stunningly attractive. Jack Delany was a vicious, hard-drinking cripple, imprisoned in a wheelchair. Regan should have left them ... but he didn't.

What's Better Than Money?

What's Better Than Money?

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2013

She came out of his past to threaten his future Out of Jefferson Halliday's past comes Rima Marshall. She's got nothing to lose - she's sunk just about as far as a woman can go. But she knows enough to put Jefferson in the hot seat. And he knows she knows. With the deck stacked against him, blackmail becomes a deadly weapon to fool around with ... 'The thriller maestro of the generation' Manchester Evening News

Not Safe to be Free

Not Safe to be Free

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2013

Cannes. Film Festival time. Classy hotels, wonderful food, expensive movies - and a beach full of starlets showing off their curves. And delicious blonde Lucille Balu is more curvaceous than most. When she hears that world-famous movie mogul Floyd Delaney wants to meet her she jumps at the chance. But as she taps softly on the door of his suite at the Plaza hotel, the last thing she expects is a date with death.

Mission to Venice

Mission to Venice

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2013

Sudden death lurks along the canals of Venice ... That's what Don Micklem, millionaire American playboy on the trail of a disappearing one-time British agent, discovers the hard way. Has his quarry been murdered or has he committed treason? Against the backdrop of Venice's sinister waterways, Micklem must fight a ruthless political organization while facing the prospect of a violent death at every turn.

Eve

Eve

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2013

Eve: mysterious, tantalizing, alluring, wanton. Deep within this desirable but strange girl burns the violent fire that could destroy a man. Clive Thurston had swindled his way to fame. He thought he knew the ropes and women. Maybe he did. But he didn't know Eve, otherwise he'd have realized that he was just another fly stumbling into the deadly web of a woman who was beautiful to look at, but lethal to love.

Mission to Siena

Mission to Siena

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2013

For years the worldwide operations of a mysterious and ruthless extortioner who calls himself the Tortoise have baffled Scotland Yard and the police forces of Europe. But the Tortoise makes a mistake when he interferes with wealthy American playboy Don Micklem, who has friends in high places, and soon tracks him to his lair ... 'The thriller maestro of the generation' Manchester Evening News

More Deadly than the Male

More Deadly than the Male

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2013

George Fraser, a lonely, timid fellow, lives in a dream world of gangsters, gunfights and beautiful women. He begins to imagine himself as the toughest gangster of them all to bolster up his feeling of inferiority. But George boasts once too often - and to the wrong person. From that moment on, harmless George is caught up in a deadly net of intrigue, and finds himself committing the deadliest act of all ... 'An intelligent and harshly revealing piece of work with not a little serious penetration and power' The Times

No Orchids for Miss Blandish

No Orchids for Miss Blandish

Author: James Hadley Chase Format: eBook Release Date: 17/03/2011

The first audiobook of this classic of hard-boiled crime fiction American heiress Miss Blandish is kidnapped and held by an organized gang led by the sadist Slim Grisson. Private detective Dave Fenner is hired to rescue her, and does so, but not without resort to bribery, torture, and murder. Written in 1939, the book inspired a 1944 essay by George Orwell, "e;Raffles and Miss Blandish,"e; drawing conclusions from its popularity about a mood in the post-War British public of combined boredom and desensitization to horrific violence. Unabridged.

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