René Brabazon Raymond, better known by his pseudonym, James Hadley Chase, was born on December 24, 1906, in Ealing, London and was educated at King's School, Rochester, Kent. He left home when he was about eighteen and worked as a traveling salesman selling children's encyclopedias. Later, he joined a wholesale book firm. Chase took up full time writing in 1939 after his first novel, No Orchids for Miss Blandish, became an immediate success.
He moved to France in 1956 and over to Switzerland in 1961, living a secluded life in Corseaux-sur-Vevey north of Lake Geneva, where he died on February 6, 1985. The author of over 90 books, most of them hardboiled Americanized thrillers, Chase remains one of the best known mystery writers of all time.

  • No Business of Mine / Miss Shumway Waves a Wand
  • 978-1-944520-49-6
  • A never-before-in-paperback hardboiled mystery set in London paired with a wild, weird story of magic and mayhem, and the basis for the film, Rough Magic — two Chase rarities, from the author of No Orchids for Miss Blandish. Also included, "Chase at the Movies"!

  • Eve / More Deadly than the Male
  • 978-1-944520-40-3
  • A change of pace for Chase, with a couple of downbeat crime stories about men who are in love with dangerous, destructive women, the latter of which is particularly autobiographical. "Unlike most Hollywood soap operas and is about obsession and guilt and paranoia."—Dave Wilde, New introduction by Gregory Shepard. September 2017.

  • Just the Way It Is / Blonde's Requiem
  • 978-1-944520-26-7
  • "Crime, Money, Deception, Blonde. All the essential ingredients of a thriller are in place, along with twists and surprises."—GoodReads. Two more 1940s crime classics from the author of No Orchids for Miss Blandish. March 2017.

  • Lady Here's Your Wreath / Miss Callaghan Comes to Grief
  • 978-1-944520-08-3
  • More early gangster fiction from the early 1940s, so violent that Miss Callaghan was banned in England! September 2016. Introduction by Greg Shepard.

  • He Won't Need It Now / The Dead Stay Dumb
  • 978-1-944520-07-6
  • Two early unabridged Chase thrillers from 1940. Vintage gangster fiction at its best. Introduction by Rick Ollerman. June 2016.

  • No Orchids for Miss Blandish / Twelve Chinamen and a Woman
  • 978-1-944520-06-9
  • The original unexpurgated versions of two of the most violent mid-century gangster novels ever published. "A brilliant piece of writing, with hardly a word wasted or a false note anywhere." —George Orwell, "Raffles and Miss Blandish." Includes an informative introduction by John Fraser. March 2016.

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  • Come Easy - Go Easy / In a Vain Shadow
  • 978-1-933586-38-0
  • Two hardboiled novels from the author of No Orchids for Miss Blandish, one of the most popular gangster novels ever written. Called "the king of all thriller writers," Chase is the master of suspenseful deception, and these are two of his finest works. Includes a new introduction by Rick Ollerman.