Unless otherwise noted, books appeared under the name James Hadley Chase
No Orchids for Miss Blandish (London, Jarrolds, May 1939)
Jarrolds, n.d. (Aug 1940), 255pp, 1/-. Cover by Merlin *56th thousand
Corgi Books 0552-10552-8, 1977, 188pp, 60p. Cover photo
When Dave Fenner was hired to solve the Blandish kidnapping, he knew the odds on finding the girl were against him – the cops were still looking for her three months after the ransom had been paid. And the kidnappers, Riley and his gang, had disappeared into thin air. But what none of them knew was that Riley himself had been wiped out by a rival gang – and the heiress was now in the hands of Ma Grisson and her son Slim, a vicious killer who couldn't stay away from women... especially his beautiful new captive. By the time Fenner began to close in on them, some terrible things had happened to Miss Blandish.No Orchids for Miss Blandish [1st revision] (London, Jarrolds, Oct 1942; New York, Howell Soskin, 1942)
Jarrolds 233, Jun 1951, 192pp, 2/-. *757th thousand
Jarrolds, Oct 1952, 1/6.
The story of Miss Blandish needs no introduction. Over half a million copies of the book have been sold. More than seven million people people have read it.No Orchids for Miss Blandish [2nd revision] (London, Panther, 1961; New York, Avon, 1961)
In the past twenty-five years no other character in fiction has so gripped the public imagination. The B.B.C. has mentioned Miss Blandish. Many reviewers and plays have burlesqued her. Her name has become as familiar to the public as any of the greatest Hollywood stars. She has been accepted as a house-hold word.
This edition of No Orchids for Miss Blandish is based on the play of the same title, licensed by the Lord Chamberlain, presented by George Black, and dramatized by James Hadley Chase and Robert Nesbitt, with an additional dialogue by Val Guest.
Panther 1250, Jul 1961, 155pp, 2/6. Typographical cover
---- Jul 1961 [2nd imp.], 155pp, 2/6. Cover by ??. * ?re-cover of the above.
---- [3rd imp.] 1966, 155pp, 3/6. Cover photo
---- [4th imp.] 1967
Panther Books 02834-X [5th imp.] 1969, 155pp, 5/- (25p). Cover photo
---- [6th imp.] 1970
Panther Books 02834-X-2 [7th imp.] 1971, 155pp, 25p. Cover photo. *Movie tie-in.
The most controversial thriller ever written.
This is James Hadley Chase's most disturbing, powerful novel – and it is also the most shatteringly controversial thriller ever written, bar none. It has sold millions upon millions of copies all over the world, shocking and enthralling all who have read it.
This no-punches-pulled story of an attractive wealthy girl kidnapping, held to ransom – and ultimately raped – by a viciously sadistic criminal captures the authentic ruthlessness of gangsterism in all its searing brutality. It is most definitely not a story for the squeamish.
The present Panther edition has been re-written and revised by the author who feels the original text with its outmoded dialogue and its 1938 atmosphere would not be acceptable to the new generation of readers who may be curious to read the most controversial, the most discussed and the best known gangster story ever written.
as by James L. Docherty (James Hadley Chase), Rich & Cowan, (Dec 1940), 192pp, 1/-. *158th thousand
Panther Books 0586-03627-X, 1975.
---- [2nd imp.] 1977.
---- [3rd imp.] 1979, 173pp, 65p. Cover photo by Beverley Le Barrow
Duffy and his dangerous dames
Bill Duffy is a newsman, a real pro photographer. He lives hard, drinks hard and he's tough – except where women are concerned. And when he finds himself with a ravishingly beautiful woman in her apartment very late one night, it takes all his willpower to resist – willpower, and a very mangled corpse which somehow fell down the elevator shaft. And that was just the beginning.
Jarrolds, nd (Mar 1941), 192pp, 1/-. Cover by Dolan * 140th thousand
Jarrolds/Arrow 293, nd (Apr 1953), 144pp, 2/-, [anon]. *275th thousand
Panther 03444-7, 1971, 157pp,, 25p. Cover photo
---- [2nd imp.] 1971; [3rd imp.] 1973; [4th imp.] 1975, 40p.
Corgi Books 0552-11096-5, (Jun) 1979, (160pp). Cover photo
Corgi Books, ??. Cover photo
Dillon was just about the roughest, meanest gunman around – a real cool killer, meanest gunman around, evil as they come. It was bad news for a lot of people the day he hit town. Bad news for Myra, the curvaceous teenage tease... for Butch Horgan, her brutal, greedy father... for Nick Gurney, the small-time operator who thought he could string along with Dillon and hit it rich... for Hurst and Little Ernie, the ace racketeers who had a whole city carved up between them. And for a whole load of other characters whose ventilated corpses were to lie in the wake of Dillon's ruthless progress...Lady - Here’s Your Wreath (as by Raymond Marshall, London, Jarrolds, May 1940)
as by Raymond Marshall (James Hadley Chase), Jarrolds, May 1941, 192pp, 1/-.
as by Raymond Marshall (James Hadley Chase), Jarrolds, Jul 1950, 128pp, 2/-. *248th thousand
Panther 1181, 1961.
Over the phone, the voice was metallic. And she had offered journalist Nick Mason a hefty sum to expose a murder frame up... Mason, intrigued, had gone along to the gas chamber to see Vessi die. Before the pellets hit the acid, Vessi insisted on his innocence. His last words gave Mason the clue to some odd business going on at the respectable Mackenzie Fabric Corporation. When he was warned off his investigations by a blonde fury of a hooker and a cold-eyed gunman, Mason almost decided to forget the whole thing... but by then he'd met the irresistible Mardi, the girl from Mackenzie Fabrics who might be able to lead him to the truth...Twelve Chinks and a Woman (London, Jarrolds, Aug 1940; New York, Howell Soskin, 1941; as 12 Chinks and a Woman, New York, Handi-Books, 1942)
(no UK paperback)
Once again James Hadley Chase achieves an epic of tough writing that easily exceeds anything that he has previously written. Here are all the ingredients that you have come to expect from him – pace, punch and ferocious realism.Twelve Chinks and a Woman [1st revision] (London, Jarrolds, Apr 1943; as 12 Chinks and a Woman, New York, Avon, 1948; as 12 Chinamen and a Woman [?2nd revision?] (Chicago, Novel Library 37, 1950)
This is the story of the smuggling of Chinese aliens from Cuba to Florida. It is also the story of Glorie, that tempestuous unbridled young woman who sets Dave Fenner a fantastic puzzle which involves him in deadly gang warfare before he finally solves it.
Make no mistake about it, Twelve Chinks and a Woman is only for the really hardened fans of the tough school of writing. There are violent moments in this book that are incredibly savage and brutal. The author depicts his underworld without hesitation. It is as close to the jungle as the wild beasts that stalk there. Glorie, who will elevate the Victorian eyebrow, is without doubt the most incredible piece of nymphomania of any of the Tough Women as yet created by Chase.
Chase fans who look for explosive action won't be disappointed. They've got it here!
as The Doll’s Bad News, Panther 0586-03375-0, 1970, 142pp, 25p (5/-). Cover photo by Andrew Cockrill
as The Doll’s Bad News, Corgi 0552-10991-6, 1979, 154pp, 75p. Cover photo (Jilly Johnson)
Big TroubleMiss Callaghan Comes to Grief (London, Jarrolds, Mar 1941)
When a curvaceous, beautiful girl walks into your office, strips, and offers you a $6,000 retainer to help her out of the trouble she's in, it's hard to refuse. Especially if you're private eye Dave Fenner, the man who busted the notorious Blandish case.
But by the time Dave had been beated half to death and been forced to shoot his way out of a load of unhealthy situations, he realised that chivalry – even if it was paid for in hard cash – was no way to stay alive.
(no UK paperback)
This is the story of Miss Callaghan. Not of any particular Miss Callaghan but of the hundreds of Miss Callaghans who disappear from their homes suddenly and mysteriously and are seen no more by those who knew and loved them. This is also the story of Raven, who played with clockwork trains, the leader of the White Slave Ring in East St. Louis, who was responsible for keeping to full strength the army of women for the service of men. James Hadley Chase needs no introduction now. He has established a reputation for unmitigated toughness and plain writing. Under his blunt treatment the traffic of women in America is shown to be what it is – a loathsome, corrupt stain on the pages of American history.Miss Shumway Waves Her Wand (London, Jarrolds, Jan 1944)
Corgi Books 0552-10381-0, 65p.
Just the Way It Is (as by Raymond Marshall, London, Jarrolds, Mar 1944)
Blondes’ Requiem (as by Raymond Marshall, London, Jarrolds, Aug 1945; New York, Crown, 1946)
(no UK paperback)
Eve (London, Jarrolds, Sep 1945)
Panther Books 2835, Mar 1962, 159pp, 2/6. Cover by Charles
---- [2nd imp.] 1965; [3rd imp.] 1965; [4th imp.] 1966; [5th imp.] 1968.
Panther Books 02835-8, [6th imp.] 1969, 159pp, 5/- (25p). Cover photo
---- [7th imp.] 1969.
Corgi Books 0552-09780-2, 1975, 223pp, 40p. Cover photo
Corgi Books 0552-10839-1, ?. Cover photo (Jilly Johnson)
Clive Thurston was a hard, ruthless Hollywood writer. But his fame and reputation rested on the work of another man – a brilliant playwright who had conveniently died. Clive thought his secret was safe – but then he met Eve. Eve was on the game. To Clive she was an enigma – bold, shy, wanton, and childlike by turn. Clive was a pushover, from the moment he saw her he was a man possessed – possessed by a woman who was beautiful to look at but lethal to love...Make the Corpse Walk (as by Raymond Marshall, London, Jarrolds, Jul 1946)
Panther 1690, 1964.
Corgi Books 0552-10081-1, 1976, 214pp, 50p. Cover photo
----, [2nd imp.] 1978; [3rd imp.] 1979.
Corgi Books 0552-10842-1 [4th imp.] 1982, 214pp, 85p. Cover photo
Money buys everything... or at least that's what eccentric millionaire Kester Weidmann believed. So when his brother died, Kester figured all he had to do was buy the services of a voodoo expert and bring him back to life.
But first he had to find a voodoo expert. And for that he employed Rollo – a small-time operator who used the Gilded Lily Club as a front. Rollo thought he had it made – it would be the con trick of the century. But he was reckoning without the interference of Celie, his smouldering Creole mistress, and Butch, the club muscle-man, who both decided that Weidmann's fortune was worth a heck of a lot more than Rollo's flabby neck...
Guild Books 470, Sep 1953, 192pp, 2/-. Cover by Sheila Sanford
Corgi Books 0552-11915-6, 1982, 238pp, 95p. Cover photo
George Fraser, a lonely, timid fellow, lived in a dream world of gangsters, gunfights and beautiful women... He began to imagine himself as the toughest gangster of them all – to bolster up his feelings of inferiority. But George boasted once too often – and to the wrong personI’ll Get You for This (London, Jarrolds, 1946 [Feb 1947]; New York, Avon, 1951)
From that moment, harmless George Fraser was caught up in a deadly net of intrigue and became a cat's paw for murder...
Chester Cain, gunman and gambler, arrives at Paradise Palms for a well-earned vacation. The City Administrator, E. Killeano, has other ideas and using Miss Wonderly, a blonde stray, as bait, traps Cain into a murder frame-up.No Business of Mine (as by Raymond Marshall, London, Jarrolds, Dec 1947)
Killeano not only misjudges his man, he also misjudges Miss Wonderly, who turns against him and teams up with Cain.
From then on the action, punctuated by gunfire, moves like an express train with a spectacular jail-break which is probably one of the most exciting sequences James Hadley Chase has yet written.
I'll Get You for This is Hadley Chase writing at his best with wise-cracking dialogue, non-stop action and toughness-plus-one.
Trusted Like the Fox (as by Raymond Marshall, London, Jarrolds, Apr 1948)
as by Raymond Marshall, Jarrolds, May 1953, 192pp, 1/6.Panther 1715, 1964.
Corgi Books 0552-11043-4, 85p.
Two killers wanted her – one for protection and one for prey. One of them had slain a helpless man to hide the secret of his identity. And he was quite prepared to kill the girl if she tried to double-cross him. But he'd reckoned without that terrible accident – and he was totally unprepared for the insane murderer who made death a ritual with a silver-handled knife.The Flesh of the Orchid (London, Jarrolds, Apr 1948; New York, Pocket Books, 1972)
Panther Books, 1965.
Panther Books 0586-01810-7, 1967,
Panther Books 0586-01810-7-2, 1970, 187pp, 5/- (25p). Cover photo by Keith Inman
Carol Blandish looked like a million dollars but she was worth plenty moreYou Never Know With Women (London, Jarrolds, Jan 1949; New York, Pocket Books, 1972)
Six million, in fact. So why should the Sullivans worry if she was crazy? All they wanted was her cash. And Roy Larson, the guy the Sullivans had been hired to kill, just wanted Carol's perfectly curved young body. All in all, it seemed like Carol was one helluva wanted girl...
In this sequel to his smash-hit world bestseller No Orchids for Miss Blandish James Hadley Chase piles thrill on thrill in a story that moves at a breath-taking pace to a climax that will grip the reader in a fist of cold steel.
Corgi Books 0552-10276-8, 1976, 190pp, 60p. Cover photo
Floyd Jackson was down on his luck; a private investigator with no licence, no money and a lot of cop trouble. So when Fatso Gorman came to him with ten crisp hundred-dollar bills and a crazy story about a sleepwalking stripper who'd stolen an antique dagger, he was more than interested – even though he knew it had to be phoney. The job – returning the dagger – looked simple enough, but Floyd reckoned there had to be more to it than that. What he hadn't figured on, though, was being made the fall guy in a murder...The Paw in the Bottle (as by Raymond Marshall, London, Jarrolds, Mar 1949)
as by Raymond Marshall, Jarrolds, Apr 1952, 2/-.
Panther 1201, 1961.
Corgi Books 0552-10922-3, 65p.
You’re Lonely When You’re Dead (London, Hale, Dec 1949; New York, Duell, 1950)
Pocket Books B43, (Aug) 1951, 256pp, 1/9, [Taylor].
Pocket Readers Circle Series, May 1953, 2/-.
Hale, 1958, 192pp, 2/6, [Pollack].
Lay Her Among the Lillies (London, Hale, Apr 1950; as Too Dangerous to be Free, New York, Duell, 1951)
Guild Books 454, (Oct) 1952, 176pp, 2/-.
Hale, (1958?), 2/6.
Mallory (as by Raymond Marshall, London, Jarrolds, Jul 1950)
Panther 1636, 1964.
Figure It Out for Yourself (London, Hale, Nov 1950; as The Marijuana Mob, New York, Eton E-116, 1952)
Hale, (Jun) 1953, 158pp, 2/-, [anon]
Corgi Books 0552-10716-6. Cover photo (Jilly Johnson)
Corgi Books 0552-11659-9. Cover photo
When Perelli saved Malloy's life, the private eye promised to return the favour – on the house, Grade A service... Three weeks later, Perelli was framed on a kidnap charge. The victim, Dedrick, was married to one of the richest women in the world, who'd paid half a million to get him back and wasted her money. When Malloy stared investigating, all his leads wound up dead. Dedrick was a man nobody loved, with a past nobody wanted to talk about-suddenly even his wife wanted to buy Malloy off, with the biggest fee he'd ever seen. But that left Perelli set for the gas chamber-and Malloy liked to pay his debts...But a Short Time to Live (as by Raymond Marshall, London, Jarrolds, Feb 1951)
Panther 1103, Aug 1960.
Corgi Books 0552-10477-0, 65p.
In a Vain Shadow (as by Raymond Marshall, London, Jarrolds, Jul 1951)
Panther 1771, Jan 1965.
Strictly for Cash (London, Hale, Jul 1951; New York, Pocket Books 75737, Mar 1973)
Hale, Jun 1953, 159pp, 2/-.
Hale, 1955, 159pp, 2/-, [anon]
Why Pick On Me? (as by Raymond Marshall, London, Jarrolds, Nov 1951)
Panther 1178, 1961.
Corgi Books 0552-10877-4, 65p.
The Double Shuffle (London, Hale, Feb 1952; New York, Dutton, 1953)
Hale, (Jul) 1954, 160pp, 2/-, [Brabbins].
abridged, London, Panther 2257, 1967.
abridged (diff to above), as Double Shuffle, London, Corgi 10562-7, 1974.
----, [2nd imp.] 1974
Corgi 0552-10562-7 [3rd imp.] 1977, 221pp, 60p.
Why would an obscure blonde dancer who performed in a G-string – with a deadly snake for a partner – be insured for a million dollars? That was what Steve Harmas, special investigator, had to try and find out. It was supposed to be simply a publicity stunt – a trick to get Susan Gellert's name in the newspapers – but somebody stood to gain an awful lot of money if she died. And Steve was sure that whoever it was didn't intend to wait very long before collecting the compensation money...The Fast Buck (London, Hale, Oct 1952)
Hale, Jul 1954, 2/-.
The Wary Transgressor (as by Raymond Marshall, London, Jarrolds, Oct 1952)
London, Panther 1564, 1963.
I’ll Bury My Dead (London, Hale, Apr 1953; New York, Dutton, 1954)
Hale, (May) 1955, 160pp, 2/-, [anon].
The Things Men Do (as by Raymond Marshall, London, Jarrolds, May 1953)
Panther 1390, 1962.
This Way for a Shroud (London, Hale, Oct 1953).
Hale, (May) 1955, 160pp, 2/-, [anon].
The Sucker Punch (as by Raymond Marshall, London, Jarrolds, Feb 1954)
Panther 1473, 1963.
Tiger by the Tail (London, Hale, May 1954)
Hale, 1956, 160pp, 2/-, [anon].
Mission to Venice (London, Hale, Sep 1954)
Safer Dead (London, Hale, Nov 1954; as Dead Ringer (with Maid for Murder by Milton K. Ozaki), New York, Ace Double D-135, 1955)
Hale, 1956, 160pp, 2/-, [Pollack]
Mission to Sienna (as by Raymond Marshall, London, Hale, Jul 1955)
Panther 2049, 1966.
Corgi Books 0552-09819-1, 1975, 40p. Cover photo
Corgi Books 0552-10840-5 [2nd imp.] 1978, 204pp, 60p. Cover photo
It should have been easy to find night-club dancer Fay Benson. For she'd disappeared wearing only a bra, spangled shorts and a top hat. But after fourteen months the police still didn't know if she was dead or alive. So when Chet Sladen began his own investigations on the Benson case he didn't expect to find very much. But he did find that two people connected with Fay had been murdered, and a third was viciously stabbed to death just after divulging some vital information. Chet knew that to continue the case might be dangerous – but he didn't realise just how dangerous it was going to be...You’ve Got It Coming (London, Hale, Oct 1955; New York, Pocket Books, 1973; revised, London, Hale, 1975)
Hale, 1958 (Dec 1957), 192pp, 2/6, [Pollack]
There’s Always a Price Tag (London, Hale, May 1956; New York, Pocket Books, 1973)
Hale, 1958 (Dec 1957), 192pp, 2/6, [anon].
Corgi Books 0552-10856-1, 75p.
You Find Him - I’ll Fix Him (as by Raymond Marshall, London, Hale, Oct 1956)
Hale, (Nov) 1959, 192pp, 2/6, [Pollack].
Panther 2048, 1966.
The Guilty Are Afraid (London, Hale, May 1957; New York, Signet, 1959)
Hale, (Nov) 1959, 192pp, 2/6, [anon].
Corgi Books 0552-10564-3, 60p.
St. Raphael was the place they called Vacation City – a millionaire's playground of exclusive clubs and pretty girls with expensive tastes. Inquiry agent, Lew Brandon, flew to the City after receiving a message from his partner that he was involved on a big case and needed help – fast. Brandon didn't realise just how fast until he arrived in St. Raphael and found Jack Sheppey dead – pierced clean through with an ice-pick. Suddenly it seemed that everyone wanted Brandon out of town. The police made it clear he wasn't welcome and an influential millionaire threatened to make his stay very unpleasant. But somewhere in Vacation City a murderer was having himself a holiday. Lew Brandon meant to find him and the mysterious blonde who was the last person to see Jack Sheppey alive...Not Safe to be Free (London, Hale, 1958; as The Case of the Strangled Starlet, New York, Signet, 1958)
Hale, 1959, 192pp, 2/6, [Pollack].
Hit and Run (as by Raymond Marshall, London, Hale, 1958;
Hale, (Nov) 1959, 2/6.
Shock Treatment (London, Hale, 1959; New York, Signet 1696, 1959)
The World in My Pocket (London, Hale, 1959; New York, Popular Library, 1962)
Corgi Books, 1975
Corgi Books 0552-11381-6 [2nd imp.] 1979, 222pp, 75p. Cover photo
The red-head started it all. Her name was Ginny. She was hard and bright as a diamond, and she came to Morgan's mob with the perfect scheme for a million dollar heist. It all sounded too easy... but the mob weren't affluent enough to be sceptical. And with two hundred thousand each, they'd have the world in their pockets...What’s Better Than Money? (London, Hale, 1960; New York, Pocket Books, 1972)
Come Easy - Go Easy (London, Hale, 1960; New York, Pocket Books, 1974)
A Lotus for Miss Quon (London, Hale, 1961)
Corgi Books 0552-10855-3, 75p.
Just Another Sucker (London, Hale, 1961; New York, Pocket Books, 1974)
I Would Rather Stay Poor (London, Hale, 1962; New York, Pocket Books, 1974)
Corgi Books 0552-10678-X, 60p.
A Coffin from Hong Kong (London, Hale, 1962)
Tell It to the Birds (London, Hale, 1963; New York, Pocket Books, 1974)
One Bright Summer Morning (London, Hale, 1963; New York, Pocket Books, 1974)
The Soft Centre (London, Hale, 1964)
Corgi Books 0552-10677-1, 60p.
This Is for Real (London, Hale, 1965; New York, Walker, 1967)
Panther Books 0586-02707-6, 1969. Cover photo
Corgi Books 0552-11356-6, 1980, 203pp, 85p. Cover photo
Ticky Edris, the mis-shapen dwarf, and Phil Agir, the handsome con-man, devise a cunning plan to rob the safest bank in the world – the impregnable Florida Safe Deposit Bank.Cade (London, Hale, 1966; New York, Pocket Books, 1973)
Ruthlessly Edris sets the plan in motion; a junkie call-girl, Muriel Marsh, is murdered – so is her schoolgirl daughter Norena. Her father is the Vice President of the bank...
When sexy Ira Marsh, Muriel's sister, arrives at Paradise City, Florida's crime-free, millionaires' playground, the whole plan begins to look as if it is going to work...
You Have Yourself a Deal (London, Hale, 1966; New York, Walker, 1968)
Well Now, My Pretty-- (London, Hale, 1967; New York, Pocket Books, 1972)
Have This One on Me (London, Hale, 1967)
An Ear to the Ground (London, Hale, 1968)
Believed Violent (London, Hale, 1968)
Corgi Books, 1977.
---- [2nd imp.] 1980.
Corgi Books 0552-11506-1, 184pp, £1.50. Cover photo
The Russians will pay $4,000,000 for the top secret formula of a revolutionary new metal... and the CIA will do anything to stop them.The Vulture is a Patient Bird (London, Hale, 1969)
American inventor Dr Paul Forrester is the man that both sides want. For 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 pretty Nona Jacey, Forrester's former lab-assistant, becomes a helpless pawn in the power struggle to possess the scientist... for she is the key to unlocking Forrester's mind.
The Whiff of Money (London, Hale, 1969; Pocket Books, 1972)
There’s a Hippie on the Highway (London, Hale, 1970)
Like a Hole in the Head (London, Hale, 1970)
Want to Stay Alive? (London, Hale, 1971)
An Ace up My Sleeve (London, Hale, 1971)
Corgi Books, 1973.
---- [2nd imp.] 1974
Corgi Books 0552-10561-9 [3rd imp.] 1977, 173pp, 60p. Cover photo
An Ace Up My Sleeve 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.Just a Matter of Time (London, Hale, 1972)
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...
You’re Dead Without Money (London, Hale, 1972)
Corgi Books 0552-09779-9, 1975, 40p. Cover photo
---- [2nd imp.] 1977.
Corgi Books 0552-11656-4 [3rd imp.] 1980, 237pp, 95p. Cover photo
Johnny Bianda was a man with a dream – a dream which he could never afford to turn into reality. For ten years he'd been a top gunman for the Mafia, and as one of their most trusted men had collected millions of dollars on their behalf – without once stealing a cent. But then, one day, there was a record take in the Mob's safe – and Johnny had a duplicate key...
No one steals from the Mafia and lives to enjoy the rewards. But Johnny's plan was foolproof – or at least he thought until he lost his lucky medallion on the night he robbed the safe...
Corgi Books 0552-09648-2, 1974, 190pp, 35p. Cover photo
---- [xth imp.] 60p.
It isn't often a diamond expert from Paradise City becomes an unpaid welfare worker in a poor, industrial town like Luceville. But Larry Carr had gone there for a purely selfish reason – to help him forget the terrible tragedy which had ruined his life and his career.
At first the dirt and dishonesty of the town appalled him, but then, slowly, he became a part of it. He found himself enjoying the violence and the terror of life in the slums. But most of all he enjoyed being the slave of red-haired Rhea Morgan – a sensual beauty whose profession was crime. Obsessed by Rhea, Larry agreed to steal a diamond necklace for her worth 1 1/2 million dollars – but he hadn't bargained on committing murder too...
Corgi Books 0552-10841-3, 1976.
---- [2nd imp.] 1978
---- [3rd imp.] 1982, 173pp, 95p. Cover photo
Steve Manison'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...So What Happens to Me? (London, Hale, 1974)
Believe This, You’ll Believe Anything (London, Hale, 1975)
The Joker in the Pack (London, Hale, 1975)
Do Me a Favour - Drop Dead (London, Hale, 1976)
Corgi Books 0552-10574-0, £1.50.
Corgi Books 0552-10715-8, 1978, 173pp, 65p. Cover photo
Helga Rolfe was blonde, beautiful, and bright enough to control her own multi-million empire. But not to control her secret weakness... she was sex crazy. And former lover, Archer, knew it. He had an old score to settle with her and he needed cash. When handsome gigolo Christopher Grenville crossed his path, he'd found the way to both.My Laugh Comes Last (London, Hale, 1977)
With Archer's coaching, Chris conned Helga into wanting him badly enough to propose marriage, and when Archer faked Chris's kidnapping, she was ready to pay the huge ransom. But events took a frightening twist when the local Mafia joined the action...
Corgi Books 0552-10876-6, 65p.
---- [xth imp.], 95p.
Consider Yourself Dead (London, Hale, 1978)
Corgi Books 0552-11042-6, 75p.
You Must Be Kidding (London, Hale, 1979)
A Can of Worms (London, Hale, 1979)
You Can Say That Again (London, Hale, 1980)
Try This One for Size (London, Hale, 1980)
Hand Me That Fig-Leaf (London, Hale, 1981)
Have a Nice Night (London, Hale, 1982)
We’ll Share a Double Funeral (London, Hale, 1982)
Corgi Books 0552-12275-0, £1.25.
Granada 0586-06085-5, 1984, 189pp.
---- [2nd imp.] 1984.
---- [3rd imp.] 1986, 189pp, £1.95. Cover photo by Beverley Le Barrow
Marriage, murder and mayhem...Hit Them Where it Hurts (London, Hale, Apr 1984)
Ruthless tycoon Sherman Jamison is determined to have an heir. He will let nothing stand in his way.
Not only is his wife unable to provide him with a child, but as a devout Catholic she will not consent to a divorce her husband so desperately wants.
And so Jamison decides to get rid of her. PERMANENTLY.
Corgi Books 0552-13428-7, 1989, 191pp, £2.50. Cover photo
The sleazy jungle of lamp-lit streets, faded hotel lobbies and soulless freeways is the setting for a menagerie of typically brash Hadley Chase characters: all-metal blondes that weaken the resistance, merciless thugs and third-rate double-crossers, in this collection of hard-boiled stories by the thriller master, first published more than forty years ago and now appearing in paperback for the first time..
Fast-paced and crackling with wit, this classic anthology shows why James Hadley Chase is the unchallenged British champion of the tough American tradition.