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This Way for a Shroud

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  213 ratings  ·  15 reviews

The brutal murder of June Arnot, famous screen actress, and the massacre of all her servants is just the curtain raiser to this chill-a-page novel.

The D.A. suspects that June Arnot was the mistress of Jack Maurer, boss of a billion dollars' worth of rackets. For fifteen years he has been trying to bring Maurer to trial.
Published (first published May 1st 1954)
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Feb 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
a story of perfect killing even the police can't comprehend
Mark Vickers
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Just another brilliant masterpiece from the maestro, what an amazing imagination from JHC himself, I'm currently reading his novels for the third time in 40 years and still find it extremely difficult to put it down without finishing it. This one is a classic thriller as with all his works might have given it 5 stars if not for a very timid ending but all the same he keeps the pages turning like no other writer.......
Paul Lothane
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Horrific violence and spate of sudden deaths in this masterly thriller by Chase. Larger-than-life mobster, Maurer goes out of his way to hang onto his exceedingly lucrative criminal empire...and he does not mind how many people are brutally eliminated in the process. The characterization of Vito Ferrari, the "Organization's Executioner", can hardly be bettered; though of course it is pure spoof, and unrealistic. A hard-boiled thriller....
Dianna Mezzy
we,me, my cousin and my sis, read this book together last summer and it was amazing because we were sharing our personal opinions to each other and i think that we did was really important
i warn yo
there wont be any mistress
Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Classic hardboiled mystery. Worth a shot if you're able to find it.
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A master piece!
Paolo del ventoso Est
Un giallo indiziario ad altissima tensione, fortemente chiazzato di sangue; un intreccio di storie tra il macabro e il voluttuoso che ingolosisce il lettore di pagina in pagina. Impossibile distogliere gli occhi da una simile lettura!
Chase non smette di stupirmi; ha i personaggi e gli ambienti giusti, con le scene d'azione ci sa fa fare di brutto. Da cardiopalma l'inseguimento nel labirinto del Luna Park; da antologia pulp le sequenze "cinematografiche" della caccia all'uomo immediatamente succe
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm giving one star less due to the abrupt ending to this crackling thriller. The plot, the sequences and the twists are top notch. This one is different from JHC's other works I've read in the sense that the good guys don't really win...
Mark Baines
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it
A classic gumshoe tale, from the pulp fiction genre; everything I expect from this author. Straightforward tale, well written, clear and honest. Not so direct that the out turn is obvious though. Great relaxation.
L'amaca di Euterpe
Un altro romanzo crudo e schietto.
La storia gira attorno a un omicidio violento e forse passionale e gli intrighi fra mondo luminoso dei palcoscenici del cinema e mondo della malavita, mentre nel mezzo la polizia cerca di rimettere a posto le cose.
Sia la scrittura precisa ed essenziale, che la trama mi sono molto piaciuti, anche perché tutto diventa assolutamente credibile grazie alla ricostruzione dell'America dell'epoca.
Edwards l. Musa
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amusing page turner.

Page Turner. A stunning page turner that amuses one at the turn of every page. Like the great investigative and security measures taking to provide the security of the two witnesses albeit they killed in the end.
Giri Dv
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I definitely liked the book. But upto around 100 pages, it was not usual Chase. But after that, it becomes gripping. Being an avid Chase fan, I cannot give a rating below 4. I think it definitely deserves a 4.
Enoch Onyebuoha
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent entertainment!
Sucheta Rao
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
The executioner Vito Ferrari.
Best baddie by Chase
Asungushe B.
All right, this was a Chase book and I enjoyed it! For the second time. Not happy with the absurd ending but the plot...does not leave anything to be desired.
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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