James Hadley Chase
1906-1985
Pseudonyms: James L. Docherty, Ambrose Grant and Raymond Marshall
 

Pseudonym of Rene Lodge Brabazon Raymond. He was born in Ealing, London. When he was seventeen he left home to make a living for himself. After being a travelling salesman for two years, he joined a wholesale book firm. His work prompted him to write his first book which was published in 1939. In the Second World War he served with distinction as a Squadron Leader in the RAF. He also edited the Royal Air Force Journal. Chase did not use a series character although some characters appeared in more than one novel. He also wrote under the pseudonyms 'James L. Docherty', 'Ambrose Grant', and 'Raymond Marshall'.

 

Titles and year of publication:
 
 1) No Orchids for Miss Blandish (Also published as: The Villain and the Virgin)  1939
 2) The Dead Stay Dumb (US Title: Kiss My Fist!)  1939
 3) Twelve Chinks and a Woman (Also published as: Twelve Chinamen and a Woman, and as: The Doll's Bad News)  1940
 4) Miss Callaghan Comes to Grief  1941
 5) Miss Shumway Waves a Wand  1944
 6) Eve  1945
 7) I'll Get You for This  1946
 8) Last Page (play)  1947
 9) The Flesh of the Orchid  1948
10) You Never Know with Women  1948
11) You're Lonely When You're Dead  1949
12) Lay Her among the Lilies (US Title: Too Dangerous to Be Free)  1950
13) Figure It Out for Yourself (Also published as: The Marijuana Mob)  1950
14) Strictly for Cash  1951
15) The Double Shuffle  1952
16) The Fast Buck  1952
17) I'll Bury My Dead  1953
18) This Way for a Shroud  1953
19) Tiger by the Tail  1954
20) Safer Dead (US Title: Dead Ringer)  1954
21) You've Got It Coming  1955
22) There's Always a Price Tag  1956
23) The Guilty Are Afraid  1957
24) Not Safe to Be Free (US Title: The Case of the Strangled Starlet)  1958
25) Shock Treatment  1959
26) The World in My Pocket  1959
27) What's Better Than Money?  1960
28) Come Easy - Go Easy  1960
29) A Lotus for Miss Quon  1961
30) Just Another Sucker  1961
31) I Would Rather Stay Poor  1962
32) A Coffin from Hong Kong  1962
33) Tell It to the Birds  1963
34) One Bright Summer Morning  1963
35) The Soft Centre  1964
36) This Is for Real  1965
37) The Way the Cookie Crumbles  1965
38) You Have Yourself a Deal  1966
39) Cade  1966
40) Have This One on Me  1967
41) Well Now, My Pretty...  1967
42) An Ear to the Ground  1968
43) Believed Violent  1968
44) The Whiff of Money  1969
45) The Vulture Is a Patient Bird  1969
46) There's a Hippie on the Highway  1970
47) Like a Hole in the Head  1970
48) An Ace up My Sleeve  1971
49) Want to Stay Alive?  1971
50) You're Dead Without Money  1972
51) Just a Matter of Time  1972
52) Knock, Knock! Who's There?  1973
53) Have a Change of Scene  1973
54) So What Happens to Me?  1974
55) Goldfish Have No Hiding Place  1974
56) Believe This ... You'll Believe Anything  1975
57) The Joker in the Deck  1975
58) Do Me a Favour, Drop Dead  1976
59) My Laugh Comes Last  1977
60) I Hold the Four Aces  1977
61) Consider Yourself Dead  1978
62) A Can of Worms  1979
63) You Must Be Kidding  1979
64) Try This One for Size  1980
65) You Can Say That Again  1980
66) Hand Me a Fig Leaf  1981
67) Have a Nice Night  1982
68) We'll Share a Double Funeral  1982
69) Not My Thing  1983
70) Hit Them Where It Hurts  1984
71) Get a Load of This  1984
72) Meet Helga Rolfe  1984
As 'James L. Docherty'
 1) He Won't Need It Now  1939
As 'Ambrose Grant'
 1) More Deadly Than the Male  1946
As 'Raymond Marshall'
 1) Lady, Here's Your Wreath  1940
 2) Just the Way It Is  1944
 3) Blondes' Requiem  1945
 4) Make the Corpse Walk  1946
 5) No Business of Mine  1947
 6) Trusted Like the Fox  1948
 7) The Paw in the Bottle  1949
 8) Mallory  1950
 9) In a Vain Shadow  1951
10) But a Short Time to Live  1951
11) Why Pick on Me?  1951
12) The Wary Transgressor  1952
13) The Things Men Do  1953
14) The Sucker Punch  1954
15) Mission to Venice  1954
16) Mission to Siena  1955
17) You Find Him - I'll Fix Him  1956
18) Hit and Run  1958

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