Oct 062014
Fresh from our rest in Paris, our party is off to visit Venice. Situated on the end of the Adriatic Sea, Venice s famous for it's canals and the 118 islands that make up the city.

Mission To Venice
by James Hadley Chase

When the wife of a disappeared British agent appeals to Don Micklem for help in locating him, the majority of British Intelligence go out of their way to discourage him. Nevertheless, Micklem gets immersed in the hunt for a coded book containing the names of numerous foreign agents at work in Europe.

Mission To Venice
by Manning Lee Stokes

Somewhere in the Adriatic, a missing H-bomb triggers a game of global blackmail that Nick Carter alone must win. Everything is riding on Nick's mission to Venice, he has no help but a notorious courtesan.

Vengeance In  Venice
by Kenneth Benton

Peter Craig and Jane Grayshott were successful in smuggling a Soviet scientist out of Yugoslavia and felt some well-earned break time was in order. Heading to the romantic city of Venice, they are unaware that the KGB has become annoyed with them and sent an assassin to pay his respects.
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Jan 192014
He had nine days to turn a gun shy boy into an expert killer. Or else........

Jay Benson had been one of the U.S. Army's top snipers. In Vietnam he'd killed eighty-two 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 turned up with an offer of fifty thousand dollars if Jay turned his gun shy son into an expert shot in just nine days, he accepted. Then he discovered the horrific reason why Savanto wanted his son made into a marksman. But there was no backing out now for Jay. Savanto was holding his beautiful young wife Lucy as a hostage for his cooperation.
Printing History
Written by René Lodge Brabazon Raymond (1906-1985)

copyright 1970
International Authors N.V.

Robert Hale 1970

Granada Publishing Limited
Panther Books Ltd 1972
ISBN 58603781
Reprinted 1974, 1975, 1976
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Jan 122014
An Ace Up My Sleeve

This is a story of blackmail. It is a story of three people, all out for one thing. All determined to do anything to get it. It is a story of bluff and counter-bluff, a game which develops into a deadly battle of violence and extortion. From the moment Helga Rolfe, the elegant wife of one of the richest of tycoons, picks up a gum chewing boy, young enough to be her son, events jump, bank and skid through a series of 180 degree turns and hair raising gambits, racing to a climax of shattering impact for both winners and losers......

Printing History
Written by René Lodge Brabazon Raymond (1906-1985)

copyright 1971
International Authors N.V.

Robert Hale 1971
Robert Hale reprint 1971

Transworld Publishers Ltd
Corgi 1973
ISBN 552 09424
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Jan 032014
A Lotus For Miss Quon

By James Hadley Chase

He found the diamonds by accident. Just one little tap and the wall had split open, revealing a million dollars worth of glittering gems. Gems which Steve Jaffe had no intention of giving up. So when his houseboy threatened to run and tell the police, Jaffe had no alternative but to stop him. And that's when the second accident occurred, the accident of murder. Jaffe had to get out of Saigon, quick. And the only person who could help him was Nhan Lee Quon. beautiful, trusting Nhan, the woman he'd used before, but never so cruelly or so selfishly............

Printing History
Written by René Lodge Brabazon Raymond (1906-1985)

copyright 1960 and 1961

Robert Hale 1960
Corgi 1975
ISBN 552 09743
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Dec 212013

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 came at a price and he made many enemies on his way up the ladder. It seems that one of them is now set on revenge and determined to destroy both the bank and Brannigan himself.

Printing History
Written by René Lodge Brabazon Raymond (1906-1985)

copyright 1977

Robert Hale 1977
Corgi 1978
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Aug 042013
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 women can go. But she still knows enough to put Jefferson in the hot-seat. And he knows that she knows. Will the deck stacked this way, blackmail becomes a deadly dangerous weapon to fool around with..........

Printing History
Written by René Lodge Brabazon Raymond (1906-1985)

copyright 1959
James Hadley Chase

Robert Hale Ltd, London

Granada Publishing Limited
Panther Books
1962, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981

ISBN 586 02444
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Jul 232013
One Bright Summer Morning

Cover by Beverley Le Barrow
 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 servants vanished, the telephone dead, and the plugs gone from his car.

The terror has begun.................

Printing History
Written by René Lodge Brabazon Raymond (1906-1985)

copyright 1963
International Authors N.V.

Robert Hale Ltd, London

Granada Publishing Limited
Panther Books
1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981

ISBN 586 02544
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Nov 152012
Wealthy and Wanton

Her money had brought beautiful Serena Marshland jewels, fast cars, and a luxury estate. but it also involves her in a web of violence and blackmail.....from which seemed to be no escape!

Even for ace investigator Vic Malloy this case was moving too fast!

After sneaking out of an apartment block with a naked girl over his shoulder, Vic had to speed to the rescue of another damsel in distress.

It was then that he found himself mixed up in a mysterious murder...with none of the clues making sense.

Printing History
Written by René Lodge Brabazon Raymond (1906-1985)

Robert Hale Ltd, London

Horwitz Publications Inc.
Pocket Book Series (First Series)
PB133 (1963)
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Aug 042012
A man will do almost anything when a rich and highly attractive 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 favor.

Harry Barber was a sucker. After spending three and a half years in jail wrongly accused of manslaughter, Harry found his reputation had made it impossible to get work as a reporter. So with no job and no money he is the perfect target of a brilliant plan to make him the obvious suspect when a rich and beautiful young girl is savagely murdered.............

Printing History
Written by René Lodge Brabazon Raymond
copyright 1960
Robert Hale Ltd 
Transworld Publishers Ltd
Corgi Books
ISBN 552 09466
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Jul 232012
The Crime Fiction Alphabet meme is rolling along and we are up to the Letter "J". Kerrie over at Mysteries in Paradise is keeping us all in line. My contribution for this week is the author:

James Hadley Chase (1906 to1985)

Mr Chase was born René Lodge Brabazon Raymond in London England on December 24th, 1906, he would move to France in 1956 and eventually resided in Switzerland. Chase died on February 6th 1985. He is one of the best known thriller writers of all time. 

The rise of the gangster culture during the Great Depression of the United States provided a big demand for gangster stories. Chase read James Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice and read about Ma Barker, using an American slang dictionary and maps of the U.S underworld, he then wrote his first No Orchids for Miss Blandish in his spare time.  All of his novels were so fast-paced that the reader was compelled to turn the pages in a nonstop effort to reach the end of the book. The final page often produced a totally unexpected plot twist variably Early books did contain some violence that matched the era in which they were written, though this was considerably toned down as plots centered more on circumstantial situations to create the high degree of tension that was the hallmark of his writing. Sex was never explicit and, though often hinted at, seldom happened. In several of his stories, the protagonist tries to get rich by committing a crime, either by insurance fraud or a theft. But the scheme invariably fails and leads to a murder in which the hero realizes that he never had a chance to keep out of trouble. Women are often beautiful, clever, and treacherous. They kill unhesitatingly if they have to cover a criminal act.  His plots typically centered around dysfunctional families, and the final denouement echoes the title. Chase's best market was France. In France more than thirty books were made into movies, and all of his ninety titles were published by Gallimard in their Série noire series. He was also very popular in other European markets, as well as Africa and Asia. However, his books failed to take hold in the American market partially due to the fact that the descriptive details did not seem convincing to American readers. This, together with their misogynist attitude, turned off the female market.

Various Covers



The Titles
TitleCentral character(s)
1939No Orchids for Miss Blandish
also The Villain and the Virgin
Dave Fenner
Slim Grisson
1941The Dead Stay DumbChet Sladen
1941Twelve Chinks and a Woman
also Twelve Chinamen and a Woman
also The Doll's Bad News
Dave Fenner
Glorie Leadler
1941Miss Callaghan Comes to GriefJay Ellinger
1942Get a Load of This (short story collection)
1944Miss Shumway Waves a WandRoss Millan
Myra Shumway
1945EveClive Thurston
1946I'll Get You for ThisChester Cain
1947Last Page (play)
1948The Flesh of the OrchidCarol Blandish
The Sullivan Brothers
1949You Never Know with WomenFloyd Jackson
1949You're Lonely When You're DeadVic Malloy
Paula Bensinger
Jack Kerman
1950Figure It Out for Yourself
also The Marijuana Mob
Vic Malloy
Paula Bensinger
Jack Kerman
1950Lay Her Among the LilliesVic Malloy
Paula Bensinger
Jack Kerman
1951Strictly for CashJohnny Farrar
1952The Fast BuckVerne Baird
1952The Double ShuffleSteve Harmas
1953I'll Bury My DeadNick English
1953This Way for a ShroudPaul Conard
Vito Ferrari
1954Tiger By the TailKen Holland
1954Safer DeadChet Sladen
1955You've Got It ComingHarry Griffin
1956There's Always a Price TagSteve Harmas, Glyn Nash
1957The Guilty Are AfraidLew Brandon
1958Not Safe to Be Free
also The Case Of The Strangled Starlet
Jay Delaney
1959Shock TreatmentSteve Harmas, Terry Regan
1959The World in My PocketMorgan
1960What's Better Than MoneyJefferson Halliday
1960Come Easy - Go EasyChet Carson
1961A Lotus for Miss QuonSteve Jaffe
1961Just Another SuckerHarry Barber, John Renick
1962I Would Rather Stay PoorDave Calvin
1962A Coffin from Hong KongNelson Ryan
1963One Bright Summer Morning
1963Tell It to the BirdsSteve Harmas, John Anson
1964The Soft CentreFrank Terrell
Valiere Burnette
1965This Is for RealMark Girland
1965The Way the Cookie CrumblesFrank Terrell
1966You Have Yourself a DealMark Girland
1966Padillo's PlayMcCorkle
1966CadeVal Cade
1967Have This One on MeMark Girland
1967Well Now - My PrettyFrank Terrell
1968An Ear to the GroundSteve Harmas, Al Barney
1968Believed ViolentFrank Terrell, Jay Delaney
1969The Whiff of MoneyMark Girland
1969The Vulture Is a Patient BirdMax Kahlenberg
1970Like a Hole in the HeadJay Benson
1970There's a Hippie on the HighwayFrank Terrell, Harry Mitchell
1971Want to Stay Alive?Poke Toholo
1971An Ace Up My SleeveHelga Rolfe
1972Just a Matter of TimeChris Patterson
Sheila Oldhill
Miss Morely-Johnson
1972You're Dead Without MoneyAl Barney
1973Have a Change of SceneLarry Carr
1973Knock, Knock! Who's There?Johnny Bianda
1974So What Happens To Me?Jack Crane
1974Goldfish Have No Hiding PlaceSteve Manson
1975Believe This - You'll Believe AnythingClay Burden
1975The Joker in the PackHelga Rolfe
1976Do Me a Favour, Drop DeadKeith Devery
1977My Laugh Comes LastLarry Lucas
1977I Hold the Four AcesHelga Rolfe
1978Consider Yourself DeadMike Frost
1979You Must Be KiddingKen Holland
Paradise City Police Force
1979A Can of WormsBart Anderson
1980You Can Say That AgainJerry Stevens
1980Try This One for SizeParadise City Police Force
1981Hand Me a Fig LeafDirk Wallace
1982Have a Nice Night
1982We'll Share a Double FuneralPerry Weston
Chet Logan
1983Not My ThingErnie Kling
1984Hit Them Where It HurtsDirk Wallace
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