TRIBUTE TO JAMES HARDLEY CHASE;WORLD FAMOUS THRILLER WRITER.

JAMES HARDLEY CHASE

“One Bright Summer Morning”, I woke with “The Whiff Of Money” on my lap. I knew “This Is For Real” ‘cause I’ve had “An Ear To The Ground” for so long and finally “A Can Of Worms” has opened!
I called and narrated “Just The Way It Is” to “Mallory” and persuaded him to “Try This One For Size” but he turned down the offer saying thus; “You Must Be Kidding”! “Why Pick On Me”? “You’ve Got Yourself A Deal” so “Figure It Out For Yourself”!
But remember, “There’s Always A Price Tag” and “Goldfish Have No Hiding Place” and this deal could end up in “Knock! Knock! Who’s There”? So if I were you, “I Would Rather Stay Poor”.
I cut in and said, “You Can Say That Again”. But then “We’ll Share A Double Funeral”……….
He jumped to his feet, pointed at me and roared, do you “Want To Stay Alive”? Then quit this job or “Consider Yourself Dead” and your corpse will be in a “Coffin From Hong Kong” ‘cause “Eve” is “A Joker In The Park” and to be “Trusted Like The Fox”.
He then pointed to himself and whispered, as for me, “My Laugh Comes Last” And “The Vulture Is A Patient Bird” With a probing stare he said calmly, “Do Me A Favor-Drop dead”. “Have A Nice Night” and he vanished into thin air.
I shrugged and thought to myself again, “What Is Better Than Money”? With this kind of dough I have “The World In My Pocket”. “Mallory” has been right though. This is not a “Come Easy, Go Easy” job but a job of “Tiger By The Tail” and my mind is made “Strictly For Cash”.
So I’m going on a “Mission To Siena” and also a “Mission To Venice” even though I was told by “Cade” that “There’s Hippy On The Highway”. I’ve got “An Ace Up My Sleeve” and “I Hold The Four Aces” for this job. It’s “Just A Matter Of Time”!
If I get a “Sucker Punch” on the job, then I’m “Just Another Sucker” and that’s “The Way The Cookie Crumbles” as life is “But A Short Time To Live”. If there’s a “Double Shuffle”, “Shock Treatment”, or “Hit And Run”, then I’ll be “Safer Dead” and “I’ll Bury My Dead” ‘cause “You’re Dead Without Money”, “You’re Lonely When You’re Dead” and “The Dead Stay Dumb” Waiting for Voodoo to “Make The Corpse Walk”……Hahahahahaha “Believe This, You’ll Believe Anything”!

Books by James Hardly Chase

1. No Orchids for Miss Blandish – 1939

2. The Dead Stay Dumb – 1941

3. The Dolls Bad News – 1941

4. Miss Callghan Comes to Grief – 1941

5. Get a Load of This – 1942

6. Miss Shumway Waves a Wand – 1944

7. Eve – 1945

8. I’ll Get You for This – 1946

9. Last Page – 1947

10. The Flesh of the Orchid – 1948

11. You Never Know With Women – 1949

12. You’re Lonely When You’re Dead – 1949

13. Figure It Out for Yourself – 1950

14. Strictly for Cash – 1951

15. The Fast Buck – 1952

16. Double Shuffle – 1952

17. I’ll Bury My Dead – 1953

18. This Way for a Shroud – 1953

19. Tiger By The Tail – 1954

20. Safer Dead – 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 – 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. One Bright Summer Morning – 1963

34. Tell It to The Birds – 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 Violet – 1968

44. The Whiff of Money – 1969

45. The Vulture Is a Patient Bird – 1969

46. Like a Hole in the Head – 1970

47. There’s a Hippie on the Highway – 1970

48. Want to Stay Alive? – 1971

49. An Ace Up My Sleeve – 1971

50. Just a Matter of Time – 1972

51. You’re Dead Without Money – 1972

52. Have a Change of Scene – 1973

53. Knock, Knock! Who’s There?

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 Pack – 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. You Must Be Kidding – 1979

63. A Can of Worms – 1979

64. You Can Say That Again – 1980

65. Try This One for Size – 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. He Won’t Need It Now – 1941

72. Lady, Here’s Your Wreath – 1940

73. Just The Way It Is – 1944

74. Blonde’s Requiem – 1945

75. Make The Corpse Walk – 1947

76. No Business of Mine – 1947

77. Trusted Like the Fox – 1948

78. The Paw in the Bottle – 1949

79. Mallory – 1950

80. But A Short Time To Live – 1951

81. Why Pick on Me? – 1951

82. In A Vain Shadow – 1951

84. The Wary Transgressor – 1952

85. The Things Men Do – 1953

86. The Sucker Punch – 1954

87. Mission To Venice – 1954

88. Mission To Sienna – 1955

89. You Find Him, I’ll Fix Him – 1956

90. Hit And Run – 1958

91. Slipstream: A Royal Airforce Anthology – 1946

92. More Deadly Than The Male – 1947

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