February 6th, 2012

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James Hadley Chase (December 24, 1906 - February 6, 1985)

James Hadley Chase is a pseudonym for British author Rene Brabazon Raymond (December 24, 1906 — February 6, 1985) who also wrote under the names James L. Docherty, Ambrose Grant, and Raymond Marshall.

Chase, a London-born son of a British colonel serving in the colonial Indian Army who intended his son to have a scientific career, was initially raised at the King's School, Rochester, Kent and later studied in Calcutta. He left home at the age of 18 and became at different times a broker in a bookshop, a children's encyclopedia salesman, and a book wholesaler before capping it all with a writing career that produced more than 80 mystery books. In 1933, Chase married Sylvia Ray, who gave him a son.

During World War II he served in the Royal Air Force, eventually achieving the rank of Squadron Leader. Chase edited the RAF Journal together with David Langdon with several stories from it published after the war in the book Slipstream.

Chase moved to France in 1956 and then to Switzerland in 1961, living a secluded life in Corseaux-Sur-Vevey, north of Lake Geneva, from 1974. He eventually died there peacefully on February 6, 1985.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Hadley_Chase

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