When a woman turns up in Paris with information to sell to the CIA, is it for real? It soon becomes clear that it is, and the CIA aren't the only ones to realize it. As the tale sweeps from Paris to Africa, combining espionage with violence, sex and intrigue, this book from James Hadley Chase gives a new background for the spy thriller while maintaining the highest standards of readability.
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James Hadley Chase was the pseudonym of successful British crime writer René Brabazon Raymond. Born in 1906 to a British colonel in the Indian Army, he was educated at King's School, Rochester in Kent and later studied in Calcutta. Leaving home at eighteen, he forewent an intended scientific career to work as an encyclopaedia salesman and book wholesaler. Inspired by the works of hardboiled American crime writers, Chase published his first novel, No Orchids for Miss Blandish, in 1938. It achieved remarkable popularity, and Chase dedicated himself to writing full time. He developed a number of dynamic series characters that featured in fast moving tales of murder, blackmail and espionage. At the time, his novels were controversial for their use of violence and sex, full of deadly villains and treacherous beautiful women. Although Chase set many of his books in America, he never lived there, instead deriving his knowledge from encyclopaedias, detailed maps, and a slang dictionary. During WWII, he served in the Royal Air Force, eventually achieving the rank of Squadron Leader (and simultaneously editing the RAF Journal). As an author he wrote more than eighty thrillers and enjoyed an enormous worldwide following. Translated into dozens of languages, his books have been widely adapted for film and television. Living a secluded life, Chase moved to France in 1956, and then to Switzerland in 1961. He died in 1985.
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Book Description Robert Hale Ltd, 1965. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110709125305