Just Another Sucker

Just Another Sucker by James Hadley Chase

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A man facing penury will do almost anything when a rich and attractive woman offers him fifty thousand dollars, just to make a telephone call. But when the telephone call is part of a fake kidnap plan to extract five hundred thousand dollars from one of the richest men in the world, Felix Malroux, only a sucker would gamble on the deal paying off in his favour. And Harry Barber was just the sucker. After spending three and a half years in jail, wrongly accused of manslaughter, Harry found his reputation had made it impossible to get work as a reporter. His attitude towards life had changed. So with no job, no money and no prospects, he is the perfect target of a brilliant plan to make him the obvious suspect, when a rich and beautiful girl, Odette Malroux, is savagely murdered. But the person behind the whole scam was actually Rhea Malroux, stepmother of Odette........

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James Headley (Hadley) Chase (Chase) - James Hadley Chase Real name - Rene Brabazon Raymond (René Lodge Brabazon Raymond). Other aliases are Raymond Marshall, James L.

Dochery, Ambrose Grant, René Raymond. 12.24.1906 - 02.06.1985 One of the most famous detective writers, one of the creators of the "cool detective" subgenre. James Headley Chase was born on January 24, 1906 in London. He was educated at the Royal School in Rochester, Kent and returned home at the age of 18. He changed several jobs until he found his calling. In 1939, while a salesman at a wholesale bookstore, he debuted No orchids for Miss Blandish. The novel became an instant bestseller, defining the career of the thirty-three-year-old Rene Brabazon Raymond once and for all. He has written about 80 books. Most often the action in his novels takes place in the United States of America. However, the author himself was in the States only twice and for a very short time - in Miami and New Orleans. He ...

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James Headley (Hadley) Chase (Chase) - James Hadley Chase Real name - Rene Brabazon Raymond (René Lodge Brabazon Raymond). Other aliases are Raymond Marshall, James L. Dochery, Ambrose Grant, René Raymond. 12.24.1906 - 02.06.1985 One of the most famous detective writers, one of the creators of the "cool detective" subgenre. James Headley Chase was born on January 24, 1906 in London. He was educated at the Royal School in Rochester, Kent and returned home at the age of 18. He changed several jobs until he found his calling. In 1939, while a salesman at a wholesale bookstore, he debuted No orchids for Miss Blandish. The novel became an instant bestseller, defining the career of the thirty-three-year-old Rene Brabazon Raymond once and for all. He has written about 80 books. Most often the action in his novels takes place in the United States of America. However, the author himself was in the States only twice and for a very short time - in Miami and New Orleans. He drew the information necessary for plotting from encyclopedias, detailed maps and slang dictionaries, as well as from the works of American writers. Such an acquaintance once played a cruel joke on him - Raymond Chandler filed a lawsuit over plagiarism. Chase apologized and paid, but did not change his writing style, continuing to borrow plots from other authors, and sometimes from himself. Chase did not write serials, but among the characters he created were relatively constant: the corrupt ex-action film Corrigan; Vic Malloy, California private investigator; CIA agent Mark Ghirland; playboy millionaire Don Micklem; Helga Rolf et al. An interesting feature of his books is the inevitability of retribution for the crime committed, regardless of the author`s or reading bias towards the person who committed it. Therefore, the criminal in his works is often known from the very first pages, and all further narration is based on the saying "no matter how long the string twists". Chase deliberately led a lifestyle that excludes interference with his private life, so biographical information about him is extremely scarce and no details can be spoken with confidence. It is known that he loved to travel, for a time he was the editor of the magazine of the Royal Air Force and spent most of his life in Switzerland, where he died. The bewilderment of critics is caused not only by the fact that the author without a shadow of doubt wrote about what he himself could not know, but also the constant motive of sadistic treatment of women, which can be traced in many of his works. Nevertheless, even the most nosy journalists failed to "tie" spicy details to the author`s personal life. “If a writer’s books are selling steadily and well, he doesn’t need to spend time on interviews and writing forewords, and he doesn’t need to worry about what critics say,” Chase said. [u] See See also: [/ u] N. Kaimachnikova, A. Khomich. Afterword of translators to the collected works of D. H. Chase Materials from sites : James Chase , Detective. Declaration of love , Biography on Wikipedia , James Hadley Chase .  Bibliography , incl. all versions of its translations into Russian and supposed English originals.