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James Hadley Chase

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We have a permanent wants list for books by this author
English first editions in jacket - if you have anything of interest - please do Contact Us


Brief History - Biography

James Hadley Chase was the pen name of Rene Brabazon Raymond, the author also had 3 other pseudonyms. Born in London in 1906 this author had a very prolific career and was a hugely popular thriller writer. His first book, No Orchids for Miss Blandish was published in 1939 by the Jarrolds publishing house. He had several series characters, amongst them were Al Barney, Dave Fenner and Steve Harmas. His style was hard-boiled in nature but being an English author with no real experience of America it is, perhaps, a little ambitious to set all one's books there. Still, he wrote over 80 books and sold millions of copies so he must have appealed to the general public.
A Sample of Books Wanted

No Orchids for Miss Blandish
The Dead Stay Dumb
He Won't Need it Now
Twelve Chinks and a Woman

Any pre 1942 British 1sts in dustwrapper
The James L Docherty title listed above
The first 3 Raymond Marshall books
Anything signed or unusual

General Requirements
If you have any pre 1942 ex library books we may also be interested if they have their original jackets.
UK first editions only please.

Payment - Prices Paid
We do pay top prices, especially for his first book.
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Final Word
Unlike some of his peers, James Hadley Chase does still remain popular amongst readers and collectors alike.
Later titles were all bestsellers so consequently published in huge numbers making them fairly common on the secondhand
market today. That said truly fine copies of later books may still be of interest, especially if there is a run of them.