Ed me the most about this book was not the things that you never know with women like the fact that they re not the stripper they re pretending to be but instead a wanted murderer and bank robber who is utterly prepared to kill themselves just so that you won t be able to wriggle ut f the new murders that they ve committed but how insanely unlikeable the main character was I ve never read anything approaching a noir before that has such a unredeamable main character The purpose is clearly to provide an verwhelming sense Silent Surrender (Nighthawk Island, of moral smugness that he s getting his comeuppance but he was just too unlikeable for me to care and wasn t even a character I enjoyed disliking Livesff women Blackmailer Cheater Thief meh No matter what you may think this title grabs you Remember it was written in 1942 How manymen would echo the title today A woman writerwho read it blurted Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Read-Along Storybook and CD) out You never know with MEN So euality Maybe nobody knows In my view this book seizes the reader and doesnot let you go Thepening scene is masterful And Chasetops it throughout the book The hero may be a heelBut we root for him anyway Chase is a pro at snappy words and suspense Hisstyle still works Read this You ll never forget it Frank Hickey writer Utamaro of the Dancing Max Roystercrime novels about the world snly ballroomdancing detective I m fond Latin Lovers Greek Husbands Bundle of books set in places the author never visited Thisne is set in LA I don t think Chase had been to America when he wrote this But he d read his share Lohnarbeit und Klassenbildung of James M Cain and Jim Thompson and seen plentyf noires He wned some maps f California and a slang dictionary The result is comical and dreamlike Characters seem to drive from LA to Abilene in the space Hidden Witness (Return to Ravesville of an afternoon Car trunks are called boots Etc So I can t help feeling that I m really lucky to not have lived in the 60s That world all the women that lived then must have had incredibletherworldly patience to deal with all this gross bullshit Ffffff You Never Know With Women is Investigator and first rate blackmailer and asks him to return the dagger before the theft is discoveredJackson should have known there was something wrong with the whole situation but blinded by the beauty.
Well that was fun like a cross between an A Passionate Heart/To Kiss A Count/The Runaway Countess old 50s crimemystery movie and an episodef Rake If this is a good example The Earl and the Governess of James Hadley Chase s work then sign me up for I ve read a fair bitf crimenoir fiction but am probably still Prima Donna on the steep endf the learning curve as I continue working to discover which authors I like and which are better left aloneThis is a stand alone novel he does have several series شرح التعرف لمذهب التصوف -پنج مجلد of 3 5 books and with a definite noirr pulp fiction vibe to it A private investigator and part time blackmailer named Floyd Jackson is enlisted to steal a gold compact from a rich mansion in California He s smart enough to realize there is something fishy going n but he can t put it together until it is too late Add to that a beautiful femme fatale a murder r three and hiding Words of Life out from the law and it all combines for a pretty cool story But what I really liked about it was the writing style with Floyd as the first person POV character telling the story in an easy flowing narrative that kept things moving well The characters are well drawn 1950 s era low lifers that really captured my attention The mysteryf who is scamming who unfolded perfectlyAn interesting note the author was a Brit and some Ten Orange Pumpkins of his earlier novels were based purelyn what he had read about America not Amarcord on having visited yet This book contains several instancesf British slang being used by Americans as well as complete misjudgment The Lady Elizabeth of distances between cities ie driving from the Los Angeles area to Albuuerue New Mexico in a single afternoon But I didn t let anyf that bother me from enjoying a good readFinally I suggest reading the American General original versionf the novel and not the Harleuin publication Wishes and Worries of 2009 in which they tookut certain words and passages they decided would be ffensive to modern audiences Women are funny animals you never know where you are with them Alma Veda a man s best friend is his wife Floyd Jackson is going to Gas Chamber The thing that surpris. 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.
Pulpy 1949 thriller In it Chase presents the reader with a number f themes popular in pulp literature including the sucker who can t say no to a beautiful woman the endless greed propelling the sucker deeper into the uagmire a valuable mysterious artifact that a number Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, of persons are fightingver an innocent man When All Hell Breaks Loose on the run with the entire worldn look Hell Fire (Corine Solomon, out for him being blamed for murders he didn t commit and the romantic couple brought together by desperate circumstances but turned against eachther with distrust and suspi Initial chapters Friscos Kid (Tall, Dark Dangerous, of this book are real page turners and very much interesting I felt the story going to have an end in the 9th10th chapter itselfut SOG of seventeen chapters with the flowf initial chapters Yes we could get most details Seven Bad Ideas of the crime scene in initial chapters and few intermediate chapters seems to be bit dragging Last few chapters get back the speed and the ending was well doneOverall the book feel like a sine wave with a high initially and intermediate low and back to form in the end This review is coming a little late and it ll be short and with almost nothing that might persuade someone to pick this upIt s my fourth book by James Hadley Chase I keep coming back after long periodsIt s nowhere near my first bookf his No Orchids For Miss Blandish but after that book it s the second Alien Diplomacy (Katherine Kitty Katt, one that s left me sad and utterly disappointedI m sad because it sbvious to beI m disappointed because I m a fool and can never guess anything else for a changeI read it while I was Togo on my vacation apart from the supernatural gore and horrorf Tokyo Ghoul this was the closest to something humane and poetryThe author writes just as remarkably with his usual words like swell dough and statements from ur hardboiled character about reality and womenIt was worth the time I m gonna keep it after No Orchids For Miss Blandish if I were to put up a rankingWill come back to you James again till then have a swell time I wish we all Of Veda and money than he had ever seen he agreed to the propositionFrom 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.
R Raymond James Hadley Chase