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He was a big strapping fellow around thirty, broad and well-built, but far from muscular ; soft, just this side of fat. " Hello, Baby, " he said, " You one of her boyfriends ? " " Go jump in a lake, " I said, " Jump into two if one won't hold you, " and I turned back to Netta's door. He giggled. " There's no one there, " he said, adding in an undertone, " She's dead : died by He was a big strapping fellow around thirty, broad and well-built, but far from muscular ; soft, just this side of fat. " Hello, Baby, " he said, " You one of her boyfriends ? " " Go jump in a lake, " I said, " Jump into two if one won't hold you, " and I turned back to Netta's door. He giggled. " There's no one there, " he said, adding in an undertone, " She's dead : died by her own hand. " I felt a little cold breath again my cheek. There was something wrong here. I knew Netta well. She wasn't the suicide type. And that's how it began. From then on Steve Harmas, American newspaper correspondent, was never out of trouble. Netta's body was kidnapped, then her mysterious sister Anne also committed suicide. Harmas, working on his own to try to solve the mystery of these two girls' deaths, became so involved that followed that he was in danger of being arrested himself.


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He was a big strapping fellow around thirty, broad and well-built, but far from muscular ; soft, just this side of fat. " Hello, Baby, " he said, " You one of her boyfriends ? " " Go jump in a lake, " I said, " Jump into two if one won't hold you, " and I turned back to Netta's door. He giggled. " There's no one there, " he said, adding in an undertone, " She's dead : died by He was a big strapping fellow around thirty, broad and well-built, but far from muscular ; soft, just this side of fat. " Hello, Baby, " he said, " You one of her boyfriends ? " " Go jump in a lake, " I said, " Jump into two if one won't hold you, " and I turned back to Netta's door. He giggled. " There's no one there, " he said, adding in an undertone, " She's dead : died by her own hand. " I felt a little cold breath again my cheek. There was something wrong here. I knew Netta well. She wasn't the suicide type. And that's how it began. From then on Steve Harmas, American newspaper correspondent, was never out of trouble. Netta's body was kidnapped, then her mysterious sister Anne also committed suicide. Harmas, working on his own to try to solve the mystery of these two girls' deaths, became so involved that followed that he was in danger of being arrested himself.

30 review for No Business of Mine

  1. 5 out of 5

    W

    Steve Harmas,American newspaper correspondent arrives in London and goes to meet the girl he used to know. But she,it seems has committed suicide.Soon her sister commits suicide as well.But is there more to it than meets the eye ? An elderly woman gets killed and so does a private investigator. There is money,blackmail,murder and double cross in this solid mystery cum thriller. The identity of the killer is a real surprise and is as skilfully plotted as in an Aghatha Christie whodunit.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    Back in 1947 when Chase wrote this hardboiled thriller, the war had just ended and many protagonists in novels were returning war veterans, trying to make a life in the world they barely remembered. For the narrator of this novel, a reporter, who had spent several years as a war correspondent in London before the front moved on to France, he fondly remembers his war years in London. Back in the states, he remembers his long-lasting romance with a dancehall hostess and, when he wins it big at the Back in 1947 when Chase wrote this hardboiled thriller, the war had just ended and many protagonists in novels were returning war veterans, trying to make a life in the world they barely remembered. For the narrator of this novel, a reporter, who had spent several years as a war correspondent in London before the front moved on to France, he fondly remembers his war years in London. Back in the states, he remembers his long-lasting romance with a dancehall hostess and, when he wins it big at the track, he returns to London and seeks her out. But, alas, it turns out she had just committed suicide the day before, sticking her head in the oven with the windows all sealed and the gas full blast. The suicide doesn't make sense and we have a reporter investigating, sometimes alongside Scotland Yard, sometimes in spite of Scotland Yard and the story that follows is a terrific thriller of the kind one can expect from Chase. Between blonde bimbos and gangsters and thieves and muggers and the like, it is one great read that is hard to put down. This is a great read and makes one anxious to try another Hadley novel.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Paul Cornelius

    Steve Harmas is an American newspaperman working in London. The suicide of a one-time girlfriend forces him to turn detective and discover the reason for her death. With this story, James Hadley Chase was able to blend his manipulation of American hard-boiled detective dialog with a classical English mystery. It comes off quite effectively and smoothly. And the mystery is a good one, an intricate plot with many, many moving pieces. As is the case with JHC, he nonetheless keeps the plot working li Steve Harmas is an American newspaperman working in London. The suicide of a one-time girlfriend forces him to turn detective and discover the reason for her death. With this story, James Hadley Chase was able to blend his manipulation of American hard-boiled detective dialog with a classical English mystery. It comes off quite effectively and smoothly. And the mystery is a good one, an intricate plot with many, many moving pieces. As is the case with JHC, he nonetheless keeps the plot working like clockwork, never turning it into a cloudy mess. He was excellent at that. The only drawback to the novel is the final unwind, which takes far too long to go through and where the banter, usually comic, verges on being irritating. Great ending image, however, with blonde bimbo surprising everyone.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chinmay Naik

    A good thriller again by James Hadley Chase. Considering it was his 2nd book only, it still does pretty well. You never know how the story is going to unfold and as always, JHC keeps you wanting for more.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emmanuel Wallart

    Very good story in the postwar London. Chronologicaly the best Chase Novel since his first "No orchids for Miss Blandish". To read absolutely. Very good story in the postwar London. Chronologicaly the best Chase Novel since his first "No orchids for Miss Blandish". To read absolutely.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sahanaa Elangovan

    Criss-cross climax, gripping .

  7. 4 out of 5

    Srikanth R

    Typical james hadley chase... Thriller pageturner

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kakha

    This is another excellent, incredibly well-written crime fiction book that the author has published under one of his great writing pseudonyms, Raymond Marshall. In this story, for the first time, we meet the magnificent protagonist of several authors – with Steve Harmas, a correspondent for the New York military newspaper. He comes to London to see his girlfriend. The meeting did not take place – a tragedy happened, she committed suicide. But Steve knew her well, a bit too well to believe it. He This is another excellent, incredibly well-written crime fiction book that the author has published under one of his great writing pseudonyms, Raymond Marshall. In this story, for the first time, we meet the magnificent protagonist of several authors – with Steve Harmas, a correspondent for the New York military newspaper. He comes to London to see his girlfriend. The meeting did not take place – a tragedy happened, she committed suicide. But Steve knew her well, a bit too well to believe it. He begins to search for those who have been associated with her recently. He is determined to find out the truth about what really happened. To put it mildly, this is an interesting, excellent criminal fiction novel.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Milind Keskar

    After reading so many thriller writers both vintage and modern I am yet to come across a writer like James Hadley Chase. His sparse style coupled with action of breathtaking speed has you franticaly turning pages to find out what happens next? This was written just after Chase returned home after serving the RAF. A Terrific mystery but not in the tradition of the golden age mysteries. Expertly plotted it takes a few pages to get into its stride but when it does you just dont gonna let go of the b After reading so many thriller writers both vintage and modern I am yet to come across a writer like James Hadley Chase. His sparse style coupled with action of breathtaking speed has you franticaly turning pages to find out what happens next? This was written just after Chase returned home after serving the RAF. A Terrific mystery but not in the tradition of the golden age mysteries. Expertly plotted it takes a few pages to get into its stride but when it does you just dont gonna let go of the book until you complete it. Happy reading if you are planning to read it!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Morpheus

    Simple and,in the same time,intense adventure story with unexpected end.:)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vijaya

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sofia Odette

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Kelvin

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mohammad Rifat Haider

  15. 5 out of 5

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  16. 5 out of 5

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  17. 4 out of 5

    PJ

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tilak Raj Kaushik

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jiten

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gouster

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amit Parmar

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kavimukilan Arunmani

  23. 4 out of 5

    Pooja

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anirban Bose

  25. 5 out of 5

    raghav R

  26. 5 out of 5

    Syed Mohammad Rezwan

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bodosika Bodosika

  28. 4 out of 5

    Santosh

  29. 4 out of 5

    Wins

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sooraj Rajgopal

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