Chase's real name was Rene Brabazon Raymond. George Orwell defended Chase and his first novel, No Orchids for Miss Blandish, in his essay "Raffles and Miss Blandish" (Horizon Magazine, October 1944), writing that "it is not, as one might expect, the product of an illiterate hack, but a brilliant piece of writing, with hardly a wasted word or a jarring note anywhere."
The Dead Stay Dumb was first published by Jarrolds (London, 1939). The other two were published by Robert Hale in 1950.
Harlequin 124 - July 1951
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