James Hadley Chase – The Wary Transgressor

 

Without a Moment of Truce

A guncotton noir, it weaves both the classic story of the femme fatale who seduces the antihero and induces him to kill her rich and disabled husband and a war story anything but trivial, often plagiarized (but now we say “quoted”) in films. This novel by Chase is one of his absolute best, with believable and well defined characters and situations and a plot, more classic than ever, that nonetheless succeeds in surprising and gives us an ending with a memorable and unsettling cheat.

Translation by Anna Anzani (edited by Chiara Canova and Robert Mardle)