Larry Carr, diamond expert, finds himself in need of psychiatric treatment. The Alienist tells him to have a change of scene; to get away from his opulent surroundings, to go to Lucevillc, an industrial town of poverty, to engage himself in welfare work and to think of others rather than himself. This seemed to be sound advice, but Carr was not to know that by going to Luceville he was to become involved in a criminal world and with Rhea Morgan, a vicious, sensual thief, just out of prison.
Here we have all the expected ingredients that have made James Hadley Chase “the king of all thriller writers.”
Turn off the television set, lock your doors and keep the light burning... you have Hadley Chase in your home.
It is the story of Carol Blandish, daughter of Miss Blandish by the homicidal maniac, Slim Grisson. Committed to a sanitarium for the insane as a suspected homicidal lunatic, Carol inherits the vast fortune left her by her grandfather, John Blandish. She escapes and while endeavouring to prove her sanity falls victim of two professional murderers, the Sullivan brothers.
This is perhaps the most exciting novel to be written by Hadley Chase. Incident piles on incident and the story moves at a tremendous pace.
On a dark, lonely quai of Paris’s 4th a woman is found suffering from amnesia, with the initials of the top Chinese atomic scientist tattooed on her buttock.
This is the opening gambit of the second Mark Girland espionage adventure, a sequel to that surges forward with that compelling readability that has long established James Hadley Chase as the thriller maestro of the generation.
The only clue that could lead to the arrest of a homicidal killer was a golf ball button, torn from the jacket the killer was wearing, and found by the horrifyingly mutillated body of a young hooker.
There were four owners of jackets with golf ball buttons living in the city. Detective Tom Lepski of the Paradise City police checks out these jackets and suspicion falls on Ken Brandon, an insurance agent. Just when Lepski is sure he has his man, two more horrifying killings occur, and he is faced with the trickiest case he has had to solve.
Here is yet another of James Hadley Chase’s non-stop reads. Not for nothing has he been called the Maestro of thriller writers.
It seemed like a good idea at the time to ex-paratrooper sergeant Harry Mitchell, home after three years in the deadly jungles of Vietnam. Head south to Florida, get a summer job, soak up some sun, relax a bit. But when he got to Paradise City he found himself drawn into a lethal set-up where dumped corpses, smuggling operations, over-ambitious cops, hired killers and a sexy little double-crosser called Nina combined to make life very unhealthy.
It was just as well for Harry Mitchell that he’d learned to look after himself in Vietnam...
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...
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?
From the moment the reins of the richest casino on the Florida coast fell into his hands, he was sucked into a whirlpool of suspense, intrigue, murder and ruthless ambush from which there was no escape.
This is the story of Terry Regan, radio and T.V. salesman, who falls in love with Gilda, the wife of a hard drinking bully who spends his life in a wheel-chair. Because of Gilda’s fatal fascination, Regan decides to get rid of her husband so that he himself can marry her; and he hits on an ingenious murder plan. The murderer is to be the television set that stands in the husband’s lounge.
But ingenious murder plans have habit of backfiring, and this one is no exception. Once again James Hadley Chase lives up to his reputation for sustained suspense, graphic and economical writing, and on the last page, a complete surprise.
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?
The Editor of a monthly crime and detection magazine assigns to two of his staff writers, Sladen and Low, the investigation of the strange disappearance of an unknown showgirl. The disappearance was reported fourteen months earlier, but the trail is cold. The police, with nothing to work on, have lost interest. The assignment doesn’t look hopeful.
However, the investigators start asking questions and almost immediately things begin to happen. Witnesses arc murdered, an attempt is made to do away with the investigators. The police once more open the case. The disappearance of the showgirl is found to be only a minor part of a ruthless murder plot.
From the moment Lee Dedrick, husband of the fourth richest woman in the world, disappears, believed kidnapped, Vic Malloy of Universal Services is snarled up in a vicious vortex of murder, glamorous women and violent non-stop action. The curtain goes up on the sprawled, lifeless body of Dedrick’s chauffeur, shot to death by an unknown hand. A frightened and lovely brunette flits across the scene, but vanishes almost immediately, shooting from a well-turned hip. Five hundred thousand dollars ransom is paid over to the invisible kidnappers, but Lee Dedrick is not returned. The whole of the country as far north as San Francisco and as far south as Los Angeles joins in the hunt for the kidnappers. Nick Perelli, gambler, is framed for the kidnapping and is arrested. Determined to save him and to find the real kidnappers, Vic Malloy, with his aides Paula Bensinger and Jack Kerman, takes a header into this mystery and intrigue which finally lands him in a situation of unparalleled danger and horror. Then, after the most gruesome and exciting experience of his already turbulent career, Malloy finds the key to the riddle of Dedrick’s kidnapping.
Only one man could satisfy Glorie Leadler’s craving for love and affection. And though this golden-haired bit of feminine dynamite could have had a dozen men at her feet for the asking, it was a solitary Oriental who made her heart beat fast. When jealous rivals tore that midnight love from Glorie’s arms, her over-heated emotions burst forth in a volcano of love-stricken vengeance that rocked Florida and left a mark on many men’s souls.
The characters of this novel are entirely fictional and any resemblance to actual persons or situations is accidental.
A thrilling plot that involves a wayward heiress, an antagonistic police official, numerous shady characters and at least three murders…
Chester Cain, a small time hit man and ace gambler, tired of his old life, moves to Las Vegas with all his lifetime savings, only to come across a set of ruthless people who try to use him, implicate him in a crime which he does not commit, and soon the cops are after Cain,who goes on the run, along with Ms. Wonderly, a homeless wayward girl, who is also being framed like him.
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