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Tiger By The Tail

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  411 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Kenway Holland, a respectable, married bank official, jeopardises his happiness and his future by one night of midsummer madness. The sudden temptation to kick over the traces while his wife is away lands Holland up to his ears in a vortex of political intrigue and murder. Set against a background of gangster politicians, blackmailers, gunmen and hard-boiled characters, th ...more
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Aug 04, 2015 Richa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this is James Hadley Chase!!
I had thought that I knew what a 'thriller' is. That was before I read this book. Now I understand why he was a bestseller, once upon a time!

This book keeps you at the edge throughout. The thrill is there... palpable, within easy reach. The moment you relax, there is a new event placing you on tenter hooks, wanting to know what next?
The story has a good pace. The characters are interesting. Atleast, I was really keen to finish the book. A proper page turner!

Dhiraj Sharma
Jan 27, 2016 Dhiraj Sharma rated it it was amazing
One of the very best to come out of Mr. Chase’s stable, “Tiger by its Tail” has got all the necessary ingredients which make up the hard boiled thriller genre.

A bank executive reluctantly decides to take a fling with a call girl when his wife is away. He lands up being hunted by the police for murder and gets entangled in a web of deceit, double cross, corrupt cops, shady characters, politics, damsels in distress, blackmailers and murderers.

This is a classic thriller/mystery work from JHC, the g
Chinmoy Gayan
Apr 19, 2014 Chinmoy Gayan rated it really liked it
This is probably one of the best by JHC.Plot was realistic and same were the characters.Loved the ending too which is not like his usual ending.
Apr 23, 2014 Soumya rated it it was amazing
Very beautifully constructed plot. Page turner for sure. Series of events within 24hrs changing a common Bankers life
Nicol Fernandez
What you'd expect from the hardboiled genre. Cops, corruption,'s the type of story you can't imagine happening in a world that isn't black & white. It starts out overly predictable, but it starts to pick up steam in the last third of the book and some wrinkles are introduced. Enough to make it an enjoyable and not wholly cliched hardboiled crime novel.
Mark Vickers
Jan 02, 2014 Mark Vickers rated it really liked it
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This one is another beauty from the maestro, his attention to details of not only his hard boiled characters, but also the way he details the scenery and the background, this is one of his real life novels, A MUST READ FOR ALL AGES.....
Mayank Saboo
Aug 28, 2013 Mayank Saboo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is possibly the best book by James Hadley Chase. Gripping, suspenseful and filled with twists and crime drama.
Al-amin Zanna
Apr 17, 2010 Al-amin Zanna rated it it was amazing
"I really enjoy it but i would'nt tolerate to be a "Fall Guy"
Karan Karnani
Apr 10, 2013 Karan Karnani rated it liked it
Fasicinating...Loved this one....must read...
Jul 23, 2012 Suby rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best of Chase!
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May 13, 2012 Saravanan rated it really liked it
a page turner.
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René 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 ...more
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