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Author: James Hadley Chase
ISBN13: 978-1853892950
Title: Get a Load of This
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Language: English
Category: Contemporary
Publisher: Dales Large Print (August 1991)
Pages: 300

Get a Load of This by James Hadley Chase

Get a Load of This book. An early morning stroll in the park, or a lonely cross-country drive to Florida; evading arrest.

Get a Load of This is a 1942 book by British writer James Hadley Chase. Unlike most of his other books, it is not a single story throughout, but a collection of 14 different short stories. The stories are not inter related, and most have twisted endings. The book was written by Chase while he was still in the Royal Air Force and was first published in early autumn 1941, and subsequently reprinted in 1988.

by James Hadley Chase. My dear Cherry, Some time ago you warned me against writing short stories. You stressed that the public didn't like them, and that I would be heading for a big flop if I persisted. Your views have always proved sound, so I've laid off until now. My present activities don't permit me to tackle a full-length novel, but as I have a number of situations up my sleeve I have been tempted to turn them into shorts. Have a little flutter on the book.

Chet Carson, an escaped convict, arrives at "Point of No Return", a lonely desert filling station run by a good-natured Swede and his avaricious Italian wife. The Swede has a safe full of money. Open the safe and get me the money or you go back to jail," the wife tells Carson. It is this situation that James Hadley Chase develops with all his story-telling magic - a situation that will keep you on the edge of your chair and the nightlight burning. 1968-An Ear to the Ground.

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Yours, JAMES HADLEY CHASE, . Station, Fighter Command, Somewhere in England. We have read these stories and we reserve our opinion, but if you want to read some of the toughest stories ever written-do as we did - GET A LOAD OF THIS To be published early autumn 1941. Chase says, I’m happy to tell you that my book GET A LOAD OF THIS is completely unobtainable. This was my first (and only) attempt to write a book of short stories. It was a complete flop and has never been reprinted

VIOLENT James Hadley Chase wrote over eighty sexy and violent crime novels during his long career which ended with his death on 6 February 1985, but it's interesting to note that Chase the man was nothing like the books he produced. Photo courtesy of Robert Hale Ltd. Living at his home in Switzerland his life was far removed from his characters' - he spent much of his time tending his garden, listening to classical music and chain-smoking his favourite cigarettes. Apart from the disputed rarity Get a Load of This and his early titles, no Chase thriller should cost too much. You Have Yourself a Deal (1966) sells for £3-£4. These included Twelve Chinks and a Woman, a title which had resulted in a legal action. Chinks was later toned down to Chinamen, and much later still it was reissued as a Panther paperback entitled Doll's Bad News.

Жанр: Детективы: прочее. An early morning stroll in the park, or a lonely cross-country drive to Florida; evading arrest in war-torn Cuba, or sipping bourbon in the Bronx-it makes no odds, serious trouble lies just around the corne. .

Reviews: 5
Great hard-boiled noir. They don't write them like this anymore.
James Hadley Chase is a master at storytelling. I love this book.
One of the best books of JHC.
James Hadley Chase can write any guy under the table. He is a great write. I love to read his novels.
Steamy Ibis
James Hadley Chase was one of the more popular pseudonyms used by English author Rene Lodge Brabazon Raymond. He published over ninety thrillers and fifty of his books were made into films. He lived most of his life in France and Switzerland and was extremely popular in France. Inspired by Cain's Postman Always Rings Twice, Chase wrote his 1939 bestseller "No Orchids for Miss Blandish." He was not primarily a short story writer, but in 1942, he published his only short story collection while serving in the war, "Get a Load of This." It contains fourteen different yarns. Most have an unexpected twist. Many are hardboiled, violent, often leaving the reader uneasy. They are all told in an easygoing, storytelling voice.

And what do you have here? A story about an "all-metal blonde with a buildup that does things to you, and a figure that weakens your resistance." It's a story about a nightclub, a blonde, and a gunshot. Never heard the phrase "all-metal blonde" before, but it's worth pondering and it's an example of why Chase was so good to read. You also have stories about surviving a hurricane with hitchhikers, one of whom was a honey, beautifully curved and blonde, and one who was six inches taller and almost mannish in her charms, stories about Latin American rebellions,a story about a man named Hemingway-- George Hemingway -- who was the center of attention at every gathering, who thrived on deep sea fishing, who owned oil wells, and drove race cars for a living , a story about a young assassin in Cuba and how he evades capture, a war story about a battle against overwhelming odds and a wonderful artillery piece, and a story about what happens when two hoods go for a walk in the park.