This web site is dedicated to James Hadley Chase as more enthusiastically as I have spent hundreds of splendid hours reading and reading again his thrillers. These web pages provide some useful information, the books presentations I have found on the covers, some comments from paper men and some extracts I have chosen ; I will add some more of them.
Fan of James Hadley Chase I have collected his books and I think I have nearly all of them. As a "pale" reader of thrillers I don't pretend to be an art critic, but maybe you will share my feelings about this author.
Not gifted to learn
foreign languages, a sour handicap in my job, one day I decided to
become fluent in English. Twenty years after the result isn't very
(*) Of course, since the very beginning, JHC was influenced by American thrillers, from time to time he has picked some American slang words which maybe aren't up to date nowadays... but I am afraid not to be such a specialist of American slang.
Nevertheless those vocabulary details aren't the main concern of JHC fans. I insist for the foreigners : read JHC in English ! it will be all the easier for you as JHC English isn't so difficult to read. That's the result of his skill at portraying characters, of his "Cartesian" logic, and of his strong priority for action.
JHC has a born talent for observing people and, in his books, he has chosen some characters more real than true people. Never using detailed descriptions, he scarcely uses some words about the shape of a chin, the shabbiness of a suit... a short dialogue to settle things, then, without any visible work, his hero is definitively painted and anchored in the reader memory. There is really something magic about this !
Strongly featured all his
characters are always coherent and consistent, they act and react with
an unbreakable logic.
Cleverly built the plot
is very ingenious and JHC multiplies unexpected twins and turns. Try to
find any narrative page among his 89 thrillers !
Take off for Indochina with Steve Jaffe (A lotus for Miss Quon) : for sure you won't find any narrative description about rice fields, about the streets of Saigon or the Vietnamese cooking, there isn't any, but don't worry, if you intend to travel you are going to !
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