No Orchids for Miss Blandish

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Author: James Hadley Chase (Rene Brabazon Raymond)
Published: 1939
Language: English
Wordcount: 61,886 / 172 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 94.1
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 33,385
Added to site: 2008.08.30 21936
Genres: Pulp, Post-1930

A Shocking Tale of Vile, Ruthless Gangsterism -- The Toughest Novel You'll Ever Read!

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e laid the gun on the seat beside him.

"She got the diamonds?" Riley asked.


Riley was taller and thinner than Bailey. He was five or six years younger. But for the cast in his right eye, he wouldn't have been bad looking, but the cast gave him a shifty, sly look.

Old Sam drove fast for half a mile, then coming to the farm, he slowed down, ran the car onto the grass and pulled up.

Riley said, "Get out and watch for her."

Bailey took his gun, tossed his cigarette away and got out of the car. He stood by the side of the road. In the distance, he could see the lights of the roadhouse and he could hear the faint sound of the band playing. He waited for several minutes, then he saw the headlights of an approaching car.

He ran back to the Lincoln.

"Here they come."

As he got into the car, Old Sam started the engine. A two-seater Jaguar swept past. Miss Blandish was driving. MacGowan seemed to have passed out.

"Get going," Riley said. "That


Average Rating of 4.6 from 20 reviews: *****

The book begins like a pure pulp fiction, with a usual set of gangsters
but as the action goes on, a very good story emerges and the characters,
while very pulp, acquire interesting features.
I'm not a gangsters stories fan, I downloaded this book as I was intrigued by the sheer number of five-stars reviews, and when I was through half a
book, I couldn't put it down.

Lisa Carr

Three third-rate hoods decide to steal the diamond necklace from a spoiled rich girl's neck, but a boyfriend gets killed and they have to grab the girl with the necklace. Then things start going wrong.
A story from the golden days when psychopaths didn't have to be cannibals, geniuses, or deviants. There are two psychopaths in the story, one of each sex. Awkward people get dead. The most direct solution to any problem is chosen, and the consequences are shrugged off.
The book will keep your attention.

Victor Vulor

A book that could set your heart beating sporadically. It is fast-paced and suffice it to say action-packed. A movie adaptation of this novel could create more intense effects than the book itself.

So good! The only mystery is why this book is not better known. It is outstanding and I'm not even a big fan of the gangster genre. the only reason i can think of is the title is not very enticing.

Leah A. Zeldes

The blurb, "A Shocking Tale of Vile, Ruthless Gangsterism -- The Toughest Novel You'll Ever Read!" is still as true today as it was in 1939. This fast-paced crime novel is as hard-boiled and violent as they come, disturbingly violent -- but without being sickeningly graphic. I wouldn't want to read this sort of thing on a regular basis, but if you're going to read this genre, "Miss Blandish" is a first-rate example.


Brilliant, one of my fav writers, definetely better than Agatha Christie (more famous than him).
Loved every page of it, fast-paced, gripping, chilling, full of emetions from lust to rage.


Well written, fast passed and exciting to read. I prefer more of a “happy” story, so found it disturbing, but that’s just my taste so won’t rate lower for it.


Non-stop action, interesting plot, and creepy villains. Excellent.


very entertaining read , finished it before I knew it.


This book isn't deep if that's what you are looking for. It is 100% plot and character but it does those two things very well. It is like watching a great tv show full of action except you are reading and not watching. It's a great book for a vacation at the cottage or beach. I liked it alot, it was captivating and I read it from start to finish in one sitting.

Warren Stalley

I'd never heard of this author before but now i know what i was missing. Pulp fiction at it's best. Bad guys with no hearts and always a bleak ending. Loved it.


An excellent read. Very entertaining. The plot is raw, the gangsters are disreputable and the author makes no attempt to put the reader at ease. Not for the faint of heart.

He is unbeatable, fast and exciting. I started reading Chase in 1968. I have a collection of 86 of his. I am still looking for the following. I am re-re-reading those.

1. Blonde’s Requiem – 1946
2. But a short time to live- 1951
3. Last page – 1946
4. Meet Helga Rolfe - 1984
5. Meet Mark Girland – 1977
6. Miss Callaghan comes to
grief – 1941
7. Never trust a woman – 1957
8. No business of mine –
9. Not safe to be free – 1958
10. Ruthless – 1955
11. The pickup- 1955
12. Three of spades- 1974

Bruce Younker

I saw it recently on Turner Movies. I started noticing how so many of the sexual taboos of the time were being tested: Violence, a VERY long kiss, blatant implied sexual innuendos. It was all over the place. I have never seen a movie, of that time, with so many taboos of the day being flaunted. Damn, it could have been a college beer drinking contest for the time.

Anyameluhor N

chase always has a distinct and unique style of writing that is solely his. he is unbeatable, fast and exciting. i read chase 13 years ago, i am re-reading it again. i keep wondering, why is he not the man of the century. he has inspired people of all levels.

An excellent thriller. An exciting story. I have discover J.H.Chase in 1971, he is my favourite author in this domain.


Brilliant piece of literature. Read it first about thirty years ago and it was still very gripping when I read it yesterday.


The story of a crime, and a good part narrated from the gangster side which is unusual, but the realism doesn't stop there. Average writing. Recommended.

George P. Joseph

Sensational, really an experience! The logic ending never thought of.

Yackson sesan


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