Another one of those fast moving thrillers from James Hadley Chase, my favorite author of all time and my go to author when i am bored of other books.
He writes of a fixer/ arranger Shalik’s quest for recovering a 400 year old Cesar Borgia diamond encrusted ring which has poison embedded into it, for a client. He arranges four people to do the job to recover the same from the estate of Kahlenburg, an invalid South African magnate owning a vast house and an underground museum somewhere off Johannesburg. He is surrounded by Zulu warriors who move silently and stealthily at night and are accurate with their weapons.
Garry is recruited along with Ken and Fennel, the last one for his expertise in picking any lock in the world. He brings in a beautiful, sensational model Gaye who is the poison pill to take apart Kahlenburg.
How they reach his estate and how they escape forms the rest of the book, which in typical Chase fashion is fast paced and thrilling, to say the least. James Hadley Chase does’nt disappoint with this one. Goodreads 5/5
Another one of those bustling, hustling crime thriller from the master writer James Hadley Chase. My all time favorite, i have probably read more books of him than anybody else. This time it is Chester Cain, a small time gambler and fast gunman who has made some neat bucks and come to Paradise Palms for a much needed vacation. The reception on arrival stuns him somewhat and his criminal instincts tell him something is wrong. Proved right, he is framed for the murder of a local politician in his hotel room, with the girl Clair who has been assigned to him. One thing leads to another, political rivalries, corrupt police man, Cain makes a getaway knowing that they will come after him fast and hard. He finds some mutual friends who don’t like the political leaders and willing to help him. Jail breaks, fighting, gun shooting, daring do, you name it you get it all in a Chase thriller. Chase always writes on the underdogs of the society and his narrative skills are par excellence. This is one unputdownable book. Goodreads 5/5
James Hadley Chase was one of those authors whose books usually lasts not more 170 to 180 pages (sometimes 220 pages) and each page is bustling with fast action. Murder, suspense, drama, police work, are all found in plenty in each of his books. And since Chase was born in India he usually has at least one reference to India or Indians in his books. This time in “Want to Stay Alive?” it is a Seminole Indian out in Paradise City who is out to make a fast buck killing a few rich people in an exclusive bridge club thereby spreading panic and making the remaining club members quake in their boots and release some monies to escape the brutal murders of their fellow members. The plan works fine and he starts getting busy, but a couple of murders too many heats up the place for the police to get into action. Poko Toholo the Seminole Indian a nut case having a sick mind has a couple of bedraggled dirty, sweaty, smelling couple to do some of his dirty work but somehow the plot unravels for each of them. A fast paced buzzing book, which is what is expected from James Hadley Chase.