Barry Forshaw on Steve Mosby and James Hadley Chase...
Edgy Brit Steve Mosby (author of the splendid Dark Room) and his once-notorious predecessor James Hadley Chase specialise in fiction that takes no prisoners, and is guaranteed to take readers into very dangerous territory – in which the protagonist’s ill-advised behaviour usually has violent results. Chase’s blistering No Orchids for Miss Blandish is his key novel, not least because its sexuality and violence so upset George Orwell!
When Dave Fenner is hired to solve the Blandish kidnapping, he knows the odds on finding the girl are against him - the cops are still looking for her three months after the ransom was paid. And the kidnappers, Riley and his gang, have disappeared into thin air. But what none of them knows is that Riley himself has been wiped out by a rival gang - and the heiress is now in the hands of Ma Grisson and her son Slim, a vicious killer who can't stay away from women, especially his beautiful new captive. By the time Fenner begins to close in on them, some terrible things have happened to Miss Blandish ...
Closing date: 06/09/2018
Publication date: 28/02/2013
Publisher: The Murder Room an imprint of Orion Publishing Co (Digital)
|Publication date:||28th February 2013|
|Author:||James Hadley Chase|
|Publisher:||The Murder Room an imprint of Orion Publishing Co (Digital)|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery,|
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 ...More About James Hadley Chase