What’s Better Than Money?

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SHE CAME OUT OF HIS PAST TO THREATEN HIS FUTURE…

Out of Jefferson Halliday’s past comes Rima Marshall. She’s got nothing to lose : she’s sunk just about as far as a woman can go. But she still knows enough to put Jefferson in the hot-seat. And he knows that she knows. With the deck stacked this way, blackmail becomes a deadly dangerous weapon to fool around with…

From out of Jefferson Halliday’s past comes Rima Marshall, a woman who has nothing to lose and who has reached the lowest rung of the ladder of degeneracy.

She has information that can send Halliday to prison for a long term, and, ruthlessly, she proceeds to blackmail him. But Halliday is a bad subject for blackmail. His method of silencing this woman provides the theme of this action-packed thriller which is written with the pace and tension that has earned James Hadley Chase the reputation of being ‘far and away the best writer of thrillers in the English language’.

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James Hadley Chase

René Lodge Brabazon Raymond was born on 24th December 1906 in London, England, the son of Colonel Francis Raymond of the colonial Indian Army, a veterinary surgeon. His father intended his son to have a scientific career, was initially educated at King's School, Rochester, Kent. He left home at the age of 18 and became at different times a children's encyclopedia salesman, a salesman in a bookshop, and executive for a book wholesaler before turning to a writing career that produced more than 90 mystery books. His interests included photography (he was up to professional standard), reading and listening to classical music, being a particularly enthusiastic opera lover. Also as a form of relaxation between novels, he put together highly complicated and sophisticated Meccano models.

In 1932, Raymond married Sylvia Ray, who gave him a son. They were together until his death fifty three years later. Prohibition and the ensuing US Great Depression (1929–1939), had given rise to the Chicago gangster culture just prior to World War II. This, combined with her book trade experience, made him realise that there was a big demand for gangster stories. He wrote as R. Raymond, James Hadley Chase, James L. Docherty, Ambrose Grant and Raymond Marshall.

During World War II he served in the Royal Air Force, achieving the rank of Squadron Leader. Chase edited the RAF Journal with David Langdon and had several stories from it published after the war in the book Slipstream: A Royal Air Force Anthology.

Raymond moved to France in 1956 and then to Switzerland in 1969, living a secluded life in Corseaux-sur-Vevey, on Lake Geneva, from 1974. He eventually died there peacefully on 6 February 1985.

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