No Orchids for Miss Blandish

No Orchids for Miss Blandish


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No Orchids for Miss Blandish by James Hadley Chase







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No Orchids for Miss Blandish


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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


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What a story! Perhaps nobody else can tell a story better than James Hadley Chase. No Orchids for Miss Blandish's sequel Flesh of the Orchid is also equally good.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.