James Hadley Chase – Get a Load of This

Carved in blood

The short story’s format is definitely not congenial to Chase. A brilliant and extraordinarily effective writing (“Conversation Piece” is an authentic masterpiece) matches pointless stories, and sometimes so amoral to be unbearable (“Inspection” is steeped in absolutely pointless violence) or so cynical to be indigestible to the warmest admirer of the  author (“The Paradise of Lovers”). An indigestible anthology and anything but essential: Chase definitely gave the best of himself in his novels.

Translation by Silvia Accorrà (edited by Sara Di Girolamo)