No Orchids for Miss Blandish

  • Title: No Orchids for Miss Blandish
  • Author: James Hadley Chase
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  • Page: 210
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  • No Orchids for Miss Blandish Miss Blandish innocent exquisite vulnerable heiress is kidnapped by a gang of ruthless hoods who ve never tried big time crime Foiled by their own vicious ineptitude and the greed of a superior mob
    Miss Blandish innocent, exquisite, vulnerable heiress is kidnapped by a gang of ruthless hoods who ve never tried big time crime Foiled by their own vicious ineptitude and the greed of a superior mob, the kidnappers lose their million dollar prize Blandish, terrified and broken, is now the captive of Ma Grisson and her sadistic, sexually deviant son Slim.When Dave FMiss Blandish innocent, exquisite, vulnerable heiress is kidnapped by a gang of ruthless hoods who ve never tried big time crime Foiled by their own vicious ineptitude and the greed of a superior mob, the kidnappers lose their million dollar prize Blandish, terrified and broken, is now the captive of Ma Grisson and her sadistic, sexually deviant son Slim.When Dave Fenner was hired to solve the Blandish kidnapping, he knew the on finding the girl were against him the cops were still looking for her three months after the ransom had been paid And the kidnappers, Riley and his gang, had disappeared in to thin air But what none of them knew was that Riley himself had been wiped out by a rival gang and the heiress was now in the hands of Ma Grisson and her son Slim, a vicious killer who couldn t stay away from women.cially his beautiful new captive By the time Fenner began to close in on them, some terrible things had happened to Miss Blandish

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    About James Hadley Chase


    1. Ren Lodge Brabazon Raymond was born on 24th December 1906 in London, England, the son of Colonel Francis Raymond of the colonial Indian Army, a veterinary surgeon His father intended his son to have a scientific career, was initially educated at King s School, Rochester, Kent He left home at the age of 18 and became at different times a children s encyclopedia salesman, a salesman in a bookshop, and executive for a book wholesaler before turning to a writing career that produced than 90 mystery books His interests included photography he was up to professional standard , reading and listening to classical music, being a particularly enthusiastic opera lover Also as a form of relaxation between novels, he put together highly complicated and sophisticated Meccano models.In 1932, Raymond married Sylvia Ray, who gave him a son They were together until his death fifty three years later Prohibition and the ensuing US Great Depression 1929 1939 , had given rise to the Chicago gangster culture just prior to World War II This, combined with her book trade experience, made him realise that there was a big demand for gangster stories He wrote as R Raymond, James Hadley Chase, James L Docherty, Ambrose Grant and Raymond Marshall.During World War II he served in the Royal Air Force, achieving the rank of Squadron Leader Chase edited the RAF Journal with David Langdon and had several stories from it published after the war in the book Slipstream A Royal Air Force Anthology.Raymond moved to France in 1956 and then to Switzerland in 1969, living a secluded life in Corseaux sur Vevey, on Lake Geneva, from 1974 He eventually died there peacefully on 6 February 1985.


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    1. ”Slim, still grinning, held the knife-point just below Riley’s navel and put his weight on the handle. The knife went in slowly as if it were going into butter. Riley drew his lips back. HIs mouth opened. There was a long hiss of expelled breath as he stood there. Tears sprang from his eyes. Slim stepped back, leaving the black hilt of the knife growing out of Riley like a horrible malformation. Riley began to give low, quavering cries. His knees were buckling but the cord held him up. His w [...]

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    2. Its probably the best book by James Hadley Chase. A very well written book; unputdownable, and one of the best crime thriller novels of all time. Villain is unforgettable, and so does Miss Blandish. Its one of the Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century.

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    3. It looks a lot more American than English. with gangster and all, the sort you might find in Pulp Fiction - no character has any morals whatsoever and there is a lot of sex and violence (You remember Ezekiel's biblical verses? That kind of thing), and everything is stereotyped and cliche. This one is worth reading if only for Orwell's essay on same, in which he analyses the book and genre and argues that it is all about power-struggle and realism (big fish eats small fish, survival of the fittes [...]

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    4. No Orchids For Miss Blandish: James Hadley Chase's First Novel"I'm ashamed of myself. I'm a person without any background, any character or any faith. Some people could cope with this because they believe in God. I haven't believed in anything except having a good time.” She clenched and unclenched her fists, then she looked up; her fixed smile made Fenner feel bad." Miss Blandish to Dave Fenner I'm quite sure that my rating might have been a bit higher had I actually been reading No Orchids F [...]

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    5. This is a superb crime thriller about a jewelry heist that becomes a murder and kidnapping.I'm not going to give away any more of the plot other than to say it is action-packed and completely involving. I made the mistake of reading this while having lunch, and looked down in horror to see that I had indeed eaten an entire sleeve of Townhouse crackers while caught up in the story. If you like a raw, gritty, no-frills, down and dirty thrill rideI'm out of cliches - just read the damned thing.

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    6. This is one seriously grim novel.It's hard to believe that this was written in 1939 by a first time author; it is so incredibly graphic, even compared to the great hard-boiled authors of the time like Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, in it's depiction of the gangland behaviour of the time and the minutiae of murder, in addition to which it is a fully accomplished piece of genre writing that you might expect to read from an experienced master.Broken up in to four chapters and they may as we [...]

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    7. The total lack of mystery (we always know exactly who’s done what to who, why that guy got knocked off, what this cop is thinking) doesn’t matter.The casual sexism (One of the important facts of life that Paula had learned the hard way was not to keep any man waiting. ) (and if you’re a female in this novel you’re going to get your bottom patted) doesn’t matter.The cardboard characters (There was Eddie Schultz, one time bodyguard of Murder Incorporate. There was Woppy, a clever safe ex [...]

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    8. هیچوقت خیلی اهل خوندن رمان‌های پلیسی نبودم،در واقع فکر کنم تنها رمان پلیسی که جز این کتاب خوندم قاضی و جلادش بوده.اما یه روز دیدم که امیلی امرایی تو توییترش نوشته که کسی برای دوشیزه بلندیش دسته گل ارکیده نفرستاد یکی از بهترین‌های رمان پلیسیه همین شد که خریدمش و الان هم خوندم [...]

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    9. Dave Fenner has been hired to find Miss Blandish, kidnapped three months ago; the police have not found her despite the ransom being paid. The suspected kidnappers have disappeared, but the heiress is in the hands of Ma Grisson and her scary henchman Slim, who has wiped out their rivals and taken possession of the girl. The closer Fenner gets the more horrifying the situations appears; in No Orchids for Miss Blandish.James Hadley Chase has a written a very raw book with No Orchids for Miss Bland [...]

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    10. Highest Recommendation!A relentlessly brutal page-turner.At the end of the novel my heart was pounding and threatening to jump up into my throat.One of the best of the classic era hardboiled thrillers, up there with the very best of Hammett and Cain.A "must-read" for all fans of the noir genre.Best described by George Orwell: " not, as one might expect, the product of an illiterate hack, but a brilliant piece of writing, with hardly a wasted word or jarring note anywhere."The above quote is from [...]

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    11. This was not the audiobook that would be advisable to listen to as I drove the 250 mile round trip to visit my family yesterdaybut guess what, it was the audiobook I listened to. Truly horrendous. Infested with cruel and callous murderers who rifle and stab and beat people to death with a passion. And I use that word advisedly. The main man, as far as the slaughter goes, is a horribly vicious psychpath called Slim Grissom whose description was so powerful, whose bestial joy in killing anyone who [...]

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    12. Vaya sorpresa!!Me he sentido envuelta en una película de gangsters de las buenas. Que bien me lo he pasado.Lo que hace la codicia humana. Lo mejor el final, impactante, no me lo esperaba.Intentaré leer más cosas del autorMuy bueno.

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    13. NO ORCHIDS FOR MISS BLANDISH is a treasure trove of criminal stylings written in a timeless quality. The tale of kidnapping, jewel heist, murder, and gang rivalry is engrossing and utterly captivating. Not once did this oh so sweet slice of noir feel dated despite the initial publication being in 1939 – a testament to the authors ability. Ma Grisson and her son Slim are the catalysts in turning a snatch and grab into mass murder and a show of force in taking complete control of the criminal un [...]

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    14. [7/10]A flawed masterpiece. The story itself deserves a five star: hard edged, uncompromising, ruthless and believable, with memorable characters, surprising twists, bullets and fists flying, car and rooftop chases. The writing though is uneven, mixing tough, tense, fast storytelling with generic settings and derivative (Hammett, Cain) prose. I feel like Chase is trying to imitate the masters of noir too much and isn's yet confident of his own voice. Understandable for a debut novel and a 'forei [...]

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    15. A long time since I am planning to read the books by authors from The Golden Age of Detective Fiction, but till now I have succeeded in reading only two books so far, including this one. And this book was sleeping in my bookshelf for a long time when I finished reading “Kafka on the shore” coincidently this crossed my sight and then started reading.After have lots of philosophical insights and phenomenological thoughts from “Kafka on the shore” this book really gave break…No Orchids Fo [...]

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    16. This is a dark book. Full of violence this book is as grim as they come. Not as explicit as other writers I think it's actually made worse by the fact that everything is hinted at, kept just off-screen, so your mind has to fill in the horrible blanks. I started this book late last night and as soon as I picked it up this morning I had to keep reading til it was over. Told in 3 parts the book switches between viewpoints as the story progresses. I wasn't expecting the book to suddenly go the angle [...]

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    17. I normally buy second-hand books even if they are included in the 501 Must Read Books. However, Thomas C. Foster mentioned that the plot of this 1939 noir in his book How to Read Novels Like a Professor: A Jaunty Exploration of the World's Favorite Literary Form (3 stars) is an excellent example of a well-written plot so I ordered this from Book Depository. My 2013 edition is pristine and seems like a print-on-demand. I particularly enjoyed reading this because of the sexy lady on the cover haha [...]

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    18. Agora entendo porque esse livro figura entres os 100 melhores do século XX em uma lista feita pelo jornal Francês Le Monde. Miss Blandish herdeira de um milionário empresário , resolve ir a um clube com um amigo , ostentando um precioso colar de pérolas. Na saída é sequestrada por um grupo que não era acostumado a se envolver com sequestros , com assuntos dessa magnitude, só com pequenos roubos e em pequenas cidades. Depois de muita investigação descobre se que um grupo de bandidos sa [...]

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    19. 4.5 StarsAfter reading the fierce first chapter, I was totally surprised to discover that this book was written in 1938! The novel is just as dark, violent, and explicit as anything written today, and I enjoyed every page of it! I can see why the book was such a hit and such a controversy at the same time when it was released. It wasn't until after I finished the first chapter of the kindle edition, that I realized that I was reading a revised version of the novel, "updated" by the author for mo [...]

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    20. I don't think I actually 'read' this. It was a DNF. I am astounded at how many people like this book. My guess is they have never read anything like it.But as George Orwell explains, James Hadley Chase wrote crime novels set in America for Brits who had been accustomed to buying remaindered pulps which had been used as ballast in cargo ships, and sold, damaged, for 3 p. on British newsstands. When the supply of these dried up (Orwell says something more useful, like gravel, was probably substitu [...]

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    21. Another great pulp classic. Some controversy surrounding this book when it was published and the author came back several decades later to update story for a modern audience. All that aside, I found the book very enjoyable for the cast of characters involved and the varied plot twists. Plenty of strong arming, back stabbing and thugs turning on each other. I really liked the way this story ended and although I saw it coming, I didn't really think Chase would go through with the fairly dark endin [...]

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    22. In the neighborhood of about 3.7 stars -- Sheesh! I'm obviously so behind in my posts that it's just ridiculous. I finished this book a month ago and am just now getting around to posting about it. For a longer look, feel free to click through to my online reading journalhere. My guess would be that this novel must have caused a lot of controversy when it was published; it wouldn't surprise me if it was one of those books covered by the old phrase "banned in Boston," although my other guess is t [...]

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    23. Chase, James Hadley. NO ORCHIDS FOR MISS BLANDISH. (1939). ****. Set in and around the Kansas City area, this was Chase’s first novel, and was exceedingly popular when it first came out. It was surprising to me that Chase was never in America. He lived in England all of his life and chose his settings in this country using guide books and detailed maps. He was inspired by reading “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” and decided to try his hand in the genre. Six weeks later, he had this book r [...]

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    24. This was the third chase novel I picked up (there's about eighty of 'em) and I knew that I was in for a treat. Generally considered his best work, this his first novel, was a massive hit when it first arrived in the late thirties. This once best-seller is the kind of book any would be crime writer must read. Graham Greene was a fan commenting that there is not a wasted word, or scene, throughout. He was right. Say what you like about chase he was an absoloute master of plot, and plot development [...]

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    25. Un giorno sono andata in biblioteca per cercare un libro e mentre ero li che aspettavo di fare il prestito mi sono girata e l'ho visto: Niente orchidee per Miss Blandish. Il mio istinto non fallisce mai direi, anche questa volta ha colpito a segno. L'ho letto tutto d'un fiato, anche accecandomi nel crepuscolo pur di non staccare gli occhi dal libro e accendere la luce. Scritto molto bene, non ha il classico schema da thriller, o meglio, si ce l'ha ma alla fineio leggerlo a voi.Non ho molto da di [...]

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    26. James Hadley Chase is, for me, the undisputed king of pulp fiction, and this book is one of his best. It has a promising plot which has been developed into an unputdownable novel of non stop action. The writing is top notch; the characters, the dialogues, the action sequences, everything is just perfect. I loved it!The only problem is that the edition I could get my hands on has a lot of spelling mistakes which somewhat spoiled the funI would say, it's a swell yarn, alright!

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    27. pietra miliare della letteratura di genere, ambientato a kansas city. una banda spietata, il rapimento di una bellissima ereditiera, uno psicopatico- senza redenzione e speranza. molto cupo, ben costruito nella sua semplicità.

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    28. What a novel! It gave me an adrenaline rush. This novel is James Hadley Chase's first novel and it manages to pack such a punch in its very first attempt .It has got a heiress, diamond necklace,gangs, gangsters and a psychopath.Its full of sexism but that mostly reflects the time it was written. The crime is done ,we know the villain, we know the consequences but it manages to hook us in and keeps us turning pages. Miss Blandish - innocent, exquisite, vulnerable heiress - is kidnapped by a gang [...]

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    29. A wealthy socialite is kidnapped in a hyper-violent version Kansas; a Kansas mostly constructed from maps and the imagination of the authour, a British national who had never visited America in his life. Mr. Chase's feverish visions are not pleasant ones: Gangs run riot, machine fire liquefies innocent bystanders, and somebody is always burying a body in the back lot. Welcome, dear reader, to Gangland, USA.But despite all those gangs, guns and ghouls, the person we see suffer the most is the epy [...]

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