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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 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 with the whole situation, but, blinded by the beauty of Veda and more money than he had ever seen, he agreed to the proposition. From the moment he fell in love with Veda, his doom was sealed--he was caught up in a relentless intrigue that made him a cat's-paw for murder.


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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 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 with the whole situation, but, blinded by the beauty of Veda and more money than he had ever seen, he agreed to the proposition. From the moment he fell in love with Veda, his doom was sealed--he was caught up in a relentless intrigue that made him a cat's-paw for murder.

30 review for You Never Know with Women

  1. 4 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣

    So... I can't help feeling that I'm really lucky to not have lived in the 60s. That world... all the women that lived then must have had incredible, otherworldly patience to deal with all this gross bullshit. Ffffff.... So... I can't help feeling that I'm really lucky to not have lived in the 60s. That world... all the women that lived then must have had incredible, otherworldly patience to deal with all this gross bullshit. Ffffff....

  2. 5 out of 5

    kymdotcom

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The thing that surprised me the most about this book was not the things that you never know with women (like the fact that they're not the stripper they're pretending to be, but instead a wanted murderer and bank robber who is utterly prepared to kill themselves just so that you won't be able to wriggle out of the new murders that they've committed) but how insanely unlikeable the main character was. I've never read anything approaching a noir before that has such a unredeamable main character. The thing that surprised me the most about this book was not the things that you never know with women (like the fact that they're not the stripper they're pretending to be, but instead a wanted murderer and bank robber who is utterly prepared to kill themselves just so that you won't be able to wriggle out of the new murders that they've committed) but how insanely unlikeable the main character was. I've never read anything approaching a noir before that has such a unredeamable main character. The purpose is clearly to provide an overwhelming sense of moral smugness that he's getting his comeuppance, but he was just too unlikeable for me to care, and wasn't even a character I enjoyed disliking. Lives off women! Blackmailer! Cheater! Thief! meh.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Well that was fun, like a cross between an old 50s crime/mystery movie and an episode of Rake.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Thomas

    If this is a good example of James Hadley Chase’s work, then sign me up for more! I’ve read a fair bit of crime/noir fiction but am probably still on the steep end of the learning curve as I continue working to discover which authors I like and which are better left alone. This is a stand-alone novel (he does have several series of 3-5 books) and with a definite noir or pulp fiction vibe to it. A private investigator (and part-time blackmailer) named Floyd Jackson is enlisted to steal a gold comp If this is a good example of James Hadley Chase’s work, then sign me up for more! I’ve read a fair bit of crime/noir fiction but am probably still on the steep end of the learning curve as I continue working to discover which authors I like and which are better left alone. This is a stand-alone novel (he does have several series of 3-5 books) and with a definite noir or pulp fiction vibe to it. A private investigator (and part-time blackmailer) named Floyd Jackson is enlisted to steal a gold compact from a rich mansion in California. He’s smart enough to realize there is something fishy going on but he can’t put it together until it is too late. Add to that a beautiful femme fatale, a murder or three and hiding out from the law and it all combines for a pretty cool story. But what I really liked about it was the writing style, with Floyd as the first person POV character telling the story in an easy flowing narrative that kept things moving well. The characters are well-drawn 1950’s era low-lifers that really captured my attention. The mystery of who is scamming who unfolded perfectly. An interesting note: the author was a Brit and some of his earlier novels were based purely on what he had read about America, not on having visited yet. This book contains several instances of British slang being used by Americans as well as complete misjudgment of distances between cities (i.e. driving from the Los Angeles area to Albuquerque New Mexico in a single afternoon). But I didn’t let any of that bother me from enjoying a good read. Finally, I suggest reading the original version of the novel and not the Harlequin publication of 2009 in which they took out certain words and passages they decided would be offensive to modern audiences.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Paul Cornelius

    Reminiscent of a Raymond Chandler story, if not the symbolic prose, with all the moving pieces. This is another superb JHC thriller. Maybe JHC painted himself into a bit of a corner with Max Otis--that seems clumsy--but the end salvages things. One thing with You Never Know with Women, everyone is a seamy crook, each person is capable of murder. And when it's all said and done, the sluggish villain at the beginning ends up being the least disgusting of the lot--including the narrator, Floyd Jack Reminiscent of a Raymond Chandler story, if not the symbolic prose, with all the moving pieces. This is another superb JHC thriller. Maybe JHC painted himself into a bit of a corner with Max Otis--that seems clumsy--but the end salvages things. One thing with You Never Know with Women, everyone is a seamy crook, each person is capable of murder. And when it's all said and done, the sluggish villain at the beginning ends up being the least disgusting of the lot--including the narrator, Floyd Jackson.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Frank Hickey

    No matter what you may think, this title grabs you. Remember, it was written in 1942. How many men would echo the title today? A woman writer who read it blurted out "You never know with MEN!" So, equality. Maybe, nobody knows. In my view, this book seizes the reader and does not let you go. The opening scene is masterful. And Chase tops it throughout the book. The hero may be a heel. But we root for him anyway. Chase is a pro at snappy words and suspense. His style still works. Read this. You'll ne No matter what you may think, this title grabs you. Remember, it was written in 1942. How many men would echo the title today? A woman writer who read it blurted out "You never know with MEN!" So, equality. Maybe, nobody knows. In my view, this book seizes the reader and does not let you go. The opening scene is masterful. And Chase tops it throughout the book. The hero may be a heel. But we root for him anyway. Chase is a pro at snappy words and suspense. His style still works. Read this. You'll never forget it. +++Frank Hickey, writer of the Dancing Max Royster crime novels about the world's only ballroom dancing detective.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    “You Never Know With Women” is a pulpy 1949 thriller. In it, Chase presents the reader with a number of themes popular in pulp literature, including the sucker who can’t say no to a beautiful woman, the endless greed propelling the sucker deeper into the quagmire, a valuable mysterious artifact that a number of persons are fighting over, an innocent man on the run with the entire world on look out for him, being blamed for murders he didn’t commit, and the romantic couple brought together by des “You Never Know With Women” is a pulpy 1949 thriller. In it, Chase presents the reader with a number of themes popular in pulp literature, including the sucker who can’t say no to a beautiful woman, the endless greed propelling the sucker deeper into the quagmire, a valuable mysterious artifact that a number of persons are fighting over, an innocent man on the run with the entire world on look out for him, being blamed for murders he didn’t commit, and the romantic couple brought together by desperate circumstances, but turned against each other with distrust and suspicion. The story begins with a detective down on his luck, his license suspended, the police out to get him for whatever will stick. Offered a chance to make some money as a professional thief by the most unusual grouping of individuals imaginable, he gets involved in a caper that barely makes any sense and results in him being on the run with bodies strewn just about everywhere. The narrator talks about an “alarm bell ringing in [his] mind” telling him that he is being played for a sucker. He is sure that the whole “lousy tale” of the artifact, the stripper who walks in her sleep, and the rest of it “was a tissue of lies a half-wit paralytic could have seen through.” He knows he should have told the bunch to go jump in lake and that doing so would save him a lot of grief, but greed gets the better of him and then he sees Veda Rux and, as soon as he sees her, he knows there is going to be trouble. He should have known that the way this frail made him feel he was only going to have half his mind on the job and, when a guy gets that way, “he’s leaving himself wide open for a sucker punch.” But there was nothing he could do because it was like getting hold of a live wire and not being able to let go. There are some great one-liners in this book, such as the idea that: “women are funny animals. You never know where you are with them – they don’t often know where they are with themselves.” How about: “Even a punk with a paralyzed brain hates to be forgotten.” This is a terrific thriller, filled with twists and turns at every step, and, well worth your time.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ram

    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 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 in the end.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    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. 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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Al-amin Zanna

    "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" "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"

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sakib

    This review is coming a little late, and it'll be short, and with almost nothing that might persuade someone to pick this up... It's my fourth book by James Hadley Chase- I keep coming back after long periods! It's nowhere near my first book of his, No Orchids For Miss Blandish, but after that book, it's the second one that's left me sad and utterly disappointed... I'm sad because it's obvious to be... I'm disappointed because I'm a fool and can never guess anything else for a change...! I read it wh This review is coming a little late, and it'll be short, and with almost nothing that might persuade someone to pick this up... It's my fourth book by James Hadley Chase- I keep coming back after long periods! It's nowhere near my first book of his, No Orchids For Miss Blandish, but after that book, it's the second one that's left me sad and utterly disappointed... I'm sad because it's obvious to be... I'm disappointed because I'm a fool and can never guess anything else for a change...! I read it while I was on my vacation; apart from the supernatural gore and horror of Tokyo Ghoul, this was the closest to something humane, and poetry! The author writes just as remarkably, with his usual words like "swell", "dough" and statements from our hardboiled character about reality and women... It was worth the time... I'm gonna keep it after No Orchids For Miss Blandish if I were to put up a ranking... Will come back to you James, again... till then have a "swell" time( I wish we all do!)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    An interesting novel. Classic Chase.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anna Denburg

    Chase is an old love of mine, so I am biased. His characters always give a good for thoughts and plots are unpredictable.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Emmanuel Wallart

    Maybe not the best one, you'd bettre not start JHC with that one. Maybe not the best one, you'd bettre not start JHC with that one.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mark Vickers

    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 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 while sleepwalking. Jackson should have known that there was something wrong with the entire situation, however, he was blind-sided by the beauty of Veda and more money than he had ever imagined, he agreed to the proposition.....

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Ekure

    how do l start reading?

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rhitwick Biswas

    No one writes a thriller like James Hadley Chase do. A definite unputdownable!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mark Vickers

    Typical chase 20 years on after reading it the first time, I still couldn't put it down. Typical chase 20 years on after reading it the first time, I still couldn't put it down.

  19. 4 out of 5

    David

    This is not a faithful reprint of the original novel but a bowdlerization. You should boycott this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shahriar Rana

    The crux of a crime thriller is to keep the readers guessing till the end and nobody except James Haidley Chase do this better

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ramalitse Sakoane

    Unexpected twists Enjoyable. In Chase's usual style. Reference terms used for women are misogynistic anachronisms, though, and made me cringe a bit. Unexpected twists Enjoyable. In Chase's usual style. Reference terms used for women are misogynistic anachronisms, though, and made me cringe a bit.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Annamalai

    This book is just like its name, i was very unpleasant at the end of the book

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shin Machine

    the writing was fair enough and thrills were kept intact. The ending was a bit too depressing, though.

  24. 5 out of 5

    kenneth f nichols

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aisvarya Rajagopalan

  26. 4 out of 5

    Vivek Joshi

  27. 5 out of 5

    Monica Ramada

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bruno Cantellano

  29. 4 out of 5

    Pedro Casserly

  30. 4 out of 5

    Santosh

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