Monday, 22 November 2010

Harlequin Authors Part VIII

The first post in this series was about James Hadley Chase (1906 - 1985). Given that he was the most popular Harlequin Books author with 24 titles (of 481 through 1959) it's time for another. Here are three books from 1951.

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

Harlequin 124 back

Harlequin 130 - September 1951

Harlequin 130 back

Harlequin 135 - October 1951

Harlequin 135 back

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