James Hadley Chase is probably the best know synonym of René Lodge Brabazon Raymond, an English writer also known by other pen names, including James L. Docherty, Raymond Marshall, R. Raymond, and Ambrose Grant. He is one of the best known thriller writers of all time. He was influenced by American crime writers and writers of hard-boiled pulp fiction, but he rarely visiteJames Hadley Chase is probably the best know synonym of René Lodge Brabazon Raymond, an English writer also known by other pen names, including James L. Docherty, Raymond Marshall, R. Raymond, and Ambrose Grant. He is one of the best known thriller writers of all time. He was influenced by American crime writers and writers of hard-boiled pulp fiction, but he rarely visited the United States and the books are based on knowledge acquired by reading and using reference materials. He has written some 90 books, almost half of which have been made into movies. In "Safer Dead", Chet Sladen, a crime writer, is asked to investigate the cold trail of a showgirl who has disappeared fourteen months earlier. It seems hopeless, and the police have lost interest. But when questions are asked, things start to happen, witnesses are murdered and an attempt is made on Sladen’s life. The showgirl is dead encased in cement at the bottom of a lake, but this is part of a larger plot. Following clues that lead to numerous murders, Sladen will solve the case....
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Safer Dead Reviews
As a youngster I always thought of James Hadley Chase as an American writer - perhaps it was his name, perhaps it was the titles or settings of some of his books, I'm not sure - but he is English enough, born René Lodge Brabazon Raymond in London, in 1906. But that does not stop him setting many of his books in the United States and dealing effortlessly with American gangland culture, among other things. And 'Safer Dead' proves the point as most of the action, and there is plenty of it, takes place in San Francisco and Tampa City and deals with the underbelly of American crime.Chet Sladen and Bernie Low are two writers for the magazine 'Crime Facts' when the editor, Edwin Fayette, calls them into his office and informs them that he is starting a cold case series and he wants them to begin by investigating the disappearance of a song and dance artist, Fay Benson, some 14 months earlier. At first reluctant to undertake the task, once generous expenses have been sanctioned the pair are on their way.And what a way it is. Initially the assignment does not look hopeful but once the duo begin asking questions a whole new prospect opens up. So much so that their lives are in danger, although Bernie, not as brave as Chet, does tend to keep out of the more desperate action and return to the office to write up their progress - as reported by the indomitable and unfearing Chet. The girl's disappearance turns out to be a minor incident in the whole scheme of things for there are various murders, of witnesses and others, crooked police officers and society people, all trying to make a buck or two, involved. But nothing daunts Chet, and Bernie, and, after many hair-raising incidents, they eventually uncover the whole sordid affair.Editor Fayette is delighted but even so he refuses to give Chet and Bernie front cover photographs when the story is published!'Safer Dead' is typical James Hadley Chase and is fast-moving from first page to last. It is no surprise to see that at one time in his career Chase was labelled as 'Your guarantee for a non-stop read.' The guarantee is certainly upheld in this particular novel.
Πολύ ωραία μετάφραση από την Τασσώ Καββαδία, που θυμίζει κάτι από τα παλιά -άλλωστε είναι του '74. Ενδιαφέρον το βιβλιαράκι, για το είδος του. Ο,τι πρέπει για θερινό ανάγνωσμα. Χαρακτηριστικό του Τσέιζ, οι συχνή αναφορά στα προηγούμενα, που σε βοηθά στο να θυμάσαι την μπερδεμένη σχετικά υπόθεση. Κάτι σαν ανασκόπηση των προηγουμένων, όπως στα σίριαλ.
Un petit polar qui se laisse lire, malgré une traduction très datée.
Chet Sladen, ace writer (and investigator) for Crime Facts publication, gets involved in a complicated mystery where grim murders pile up with ignominy, and where, ultimately a particularly ruthless rich woman pulls out all the stops to hang onto her ill-gotten riches and power. Sladen travels to Tampa City which is the epicentre of all the mystery and death, and where all the odds are apparently stacked against him, including the police! Sladen has to run the gamut of veritable close shaves and dogged digging till he finally finds out all the pieces of the puzzle. But even after doing so, at the death - he comes to face with violent death himself!!
My first JHC. Chet Sladen does the thinking, Bernie Low does the writing and together they churn out true crime articles for a monthly magazine. (The attitude toward writing is strangely dismissive, coming from a man who wrote 90-odd books.) They’re assigned to look into the case of Fay Benson, a song and dance artist who has disappeared. She’s found in a barrel full of concrete at the bottom of a lake. After that, the bodies keep falling as Sladen goes from nightclub to rooming house, mixing with beautiful women and wealthy men, subsisting on Scotch and the odd steak. Low doesn't do a heck of a lot. Of course Sladen tracks down Fay’s murderer and all the other killers. A lot of nice descriptions and turns of phrase, with the odd English (rather than American) note. Overall, a good read.
Când reporterii de la revista Cronica crimelor încep să se intereseze de dispariţia inexplicabilă a unei frumoase dansatoare, toţi cei care au vreo legătură cu ea încep să moară subit. Curând, apar personaje ciudate, din cele mai diferite pături ale societăţii: barmani decăzuţi, dansatoare şi milionari, poliţişti cinstiţi şi poliţişti corupţi, infractori în haine elegante. Acţiunile lor, mânate de motivaţii obscure, se împletesc într-o plasă de fărădelegi care se destramă întotdeauna odată cu descoperirea adevărului.
was tricky and amazing