Why is Chase so seemingly overlooked? Stark House has a two-fer coming out in April and it's great.
I have read several of Chase's books, starting with the classic No Orchids for Miss Blandish. They are all entertaining and roll right along, especially since he isn't slowed down by his total lack of knowledge about the America he depicts, or by logic either for that matter. I know that he was discovered to have plagiarized Raymond Chandler at one point, and that can't have helped his long-term reputation either. But Chase's books are very entertaining, and I have never felt that one was a waste of my time. The good news is that if you like him, he wrote a LOT.
Someone once said that Chase read the lurid parts of Faulkner's SANCTUARY and never looked back.
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