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You Never Know with Women

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  165 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Veda Rux, a beautiful blonde, known professionally as a stripper, steals a priceless Cellini dagger from the safe in millionaire Lindsay Brett's home. Her agent, Cornelius Gorman, approaches Floyd Jackson, a private investigator and first-rate blackmailer, and asks him to return the dagger before the theft is discovered.Jackson should have known there was something wrong w ...more
Paperback, Harlequin Romance #206, 248 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Harlequin (first published 1949)
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Sep 06, 2015 Peter rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
I'm fond of books set in places the author never visited. This one is set in LA. I don't think Chase had been to America when he wrote this. But he'd read his share of James M Cain and Jim Thompson and seen plenty of noires. He owned some maps of California and a slang dictionary. The result is comical and dreamlike. Characters seem to drive from LA to Abilene in the space of an afternoon. Car trunks are called boots. Etc.
Jan 19, 2010 kymdotcom rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime, 2010
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Aug 21, 2012 Ram rated it liked it
Initial chapters of this book are real page turners and very much interesting. I felt the story going to have an end in the 9th/10th chapter itself out of seventeen chapters with the flow of initial chapters.

Yes, we could get most details of the crime scene in initial chapters and few intermediate chapters seems to be bit dragging. Last few chapters get back the speed and the ending was well done.

Overall, the book feel like a sine wave with a high initially and intermediate low and back to form
Mark Vickers
Aug 19, 2015 Mark Vickers rated it really liked it
There is no other authors that even come close to the greatest writer of thriller, suspense, mystery, murder, blackmail, espionage and kidnapping, of all time. Sir " James Hadley Chase, " was in an entire class of his own.
Women are funny animals, you never know where you are with them, " Alma @ Veda, A man's best friend is his wife. " Floyd Jackson, a private investigator and first - grade blackmailer is asked to return an expensive and ancient dagger, that had been stolen by a beautiful woman
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Apr 19, 2010 Al-amin Zanna rated it it was amazing
"Women are funny animals, you never know where you are with them, "Alma & Veda a man's best friend is his wife" Floyd Jackson is going to Gas Chamber"
Ramalitse Sakoane
Nov 03, 2015 Ramalitse Sakoane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unexpected twists

Enjoyable. In Chase's usual style. Reference terms used for women are misogynistic anachronisms, though, and made me cringe a bit.
Shahriar Rana
Jul 14, 2014 Shahriar Rana rated it it was amazing
The crux of a crime thriller is to keep the readers guessing till the end and nobody except James Haidley Chase do this better
Rhitwick Biswas
Jun 24, 2014 Rhitwick Biswas rated it really liked it
No one writes a thriller like James Hadley Chase do. A definite unputdownable!
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Nov 30, 2012 Shin Machine rated it liked it
the writing was fair enough and thrills were kept intact. The ending was a bit too depressing, though.
Jan 10, 2010 David rated it did not like it
Shelves: noirboiled
This is not a faithful reprint of the original novel but a bowdlerization. You should boycott this book.
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Nov 18, 2013 Mark Vickers rated it liked it
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Typical chase 20 years on after reading it the first time, I still couldn't put it down.
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how do l start reading?
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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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“Now women are funny animals. You never know when you are with them - they don’t often know where they are with themselves . It’s no good trying to find out what makes them tick. It just can’t be done. They have more moods than an army of cats with lives, and all you can hope is to spot the mood you’re after when it turns up and step in quick. Hesitate you’re a dead duck, unless you’re one of those guys who like slow approach that might get you somewhere in a week or in a month or even a year.” 14 likes
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