1906 - 1985

Writing as: James Hadley Chase, James L. Docherty, Ambrose Grant, Raymond Marshall

A incredibly prolific writer of crime thrillers, often with racy and violent scenes which set the censors of that day into fits and made critics write terrible things about him. Even as they penned poisonous reviews, however, his fans grew in great numbers and so did his sales. Mr. Chase was born in London. To earn a living as a young adult he sold children's encyclopedias and then got a job as a book wholesaler. In his early thirties he tried writing for himself and found a career which would last the rest of his life. World War II interrupted for a time but he served in the Royal Air Force and rose to the rank of Squadron Leader. Though he never lived in the States and only visited it twice, most of his tales were set there or dealt with Americans.

Series Books
James Hadley Chase
Mark Girland This Is For Real (1965)
  You Have Yourself A Deal (1966)
  Have This One On Me (1967)
  The Whiff Of Money (1969)
Don Micklem Mission To Venice (1954)
  Mission To Siena (1955)
Non-Spy Series No Orchids for Miss Blandish aka The Villain And the Virgin [Dave Fenner] (1939)
  The Dead Stay Dumb aka Kiss My Fist! (1939)
  Twelve Chinks and a Woman aka The Doll's Bad News [Dave Fenner] (1940)
  Get a Load of This (1941)
  Miss Callaghan Comes to Grief (1941)
  Miss Shumway Waves a Wand (1944)
  Eve (1945)
  I'll Get You for This (1946)
  The Flesh of the Orchid (1948)
  You Never Know with Women (1949)
  You're Lonely When You're Dead [Vic Malloy] (1949)
  Lay Her Among the Lilies aka Too Dangerous to Be Free [Vic Malloy] (1950)
  Figure It Out for Yourself aka The Marijuana Mob [Vic Malloy] (1950)
  Strictly for Cash (1951)
  The Fast Buck (1952)
  The Double Shuffle [Steve Harmas] (1952)
  I'll Bury My Dead (1953)
  This Way for a Shroud (1953)
  Tiger By the Tail (1954)
  Safer Dead aka Dead Ringer (1954)
  You've Got It Coming (1955)
  There's Always a Price Tag [Steve Harmas] (1956)
  The Guilty Are Afraid (1957)
  Not Safe to Be Free aka The Case of the Strangled Starlet (1958)
  The World in My Pocket (1959)
  Shock Treatment [Steve Harmas] (1959)
  Come Easy, Go Easy (1960)
  What's Better Than Money? (1960)
  Just Another Sucker (1961)
  A Lotus for Miss Quon (1961)
  A Coffin from Hong Kong (1962)
  I Would Rather Stay Poor (1962)
  One Bright Summer Morning (1963)
  Tell It to the Birds [Steve Harmas] (1963)
  The Soft Centre [Frank Terrell] (1964)
  The Way the Cookie Crumbles [Frank Terrell] (1965)
  Cade (1966)
  Well Now, My Pretty [Frank Terrell] (1967)
  An Ear to the Ground [Steve Harmas] (1968)
  Believed Violent [Frank Terrell] (1968)
  The Vulture Is a Patient Bird (1969)
  Like a Hole in the Head (1970)
  There's a Hippie On the Highway [Frank Terrell] (1970)
  An Ace Up My Sleeve [Helga Rolfe] (1971)
  Want to Stay Alive? (1971)
  Just a Matter of Time (1972)
  You're Dead Without Money (1972)
  Have a Change of Scene (1973)
  Knock, Knock! Who's There? (1973)
  So What Happens to Me? (1974)
  Goldfish Have No Hiding Place (1974)
  Three of Spades (1974)
  The Joker in the Pack [Helga Rolfe] (1975)
  Believe This, You'll Believe Anything (1975)
  Do Me a Favour, Drop Dead (1976)
  My Laugh Comes Last (1977)
  Meet Mark Girland (1977)
  I Hold the Four Aces [Helga Rolfe] (1977)
  Consider Yourself Dead (1978)
  You Must Be Kidding (1979)
  A Can of Worms (1979)
  You Can Say That Again (1980)
  Try This One for Size (1980)
  Hand Me a Fig Leaf (1981)
  Have a Nice Night (1982)
  We'll Share a Double Funeral (1982)
  Not My Thing (1983)
  Hit Them Where It Hurts (1984)
James L. Docherty
Non-Spy Series He Won't Need It Now (1939)
Ambrose Grant
Non-Spy Series More Deadly Than The Male (1946)
Raymond Marshall
Non-Spy Series Lady, Here’s Your Wreath (1940)
  Just the Way It Is (1944)
  Blondes’ Requiem (1945)
  Make the Corpse Walk (1946)
  No Business of Mine (1947)
  Trusted Like the Fox (1948)
  The Paw in the Bottle (1949)
  Mallory [Martin “Brick Top” Corridon] (1950)
  Why Pick on Me? [Martin “Brick Top” Corridon] (1951)
  In a Vain Shadow (1951)
  But a Short Time to Live (1951)
  The Wary Transgressor (1952)
  The Things Men Do (1953)
  The Sucker Punch (1954)
  The Pickup (1955)
  Ruthless (1955)
  You Find Him-I’ll Fix Him (1956)
  Never Trust a Woman (1957)
  Hit and Run (1958)