Never a Dull Moment – Peter Cheyney

The title Never a Dull Moment is very apt in this great little read from Peter Cheyney. This is the first book i’ve read by the author but it certainly won’t be the last. The book is about FBI agent Lemme Caution and his some what unusual methods at getting results. Lets start with the name, Lemme Caution, if that doesn’t get you wanting to read the book straight off  then i’d say your mad. The book revolves around a missing dame (Lemme’s words not mine) who has been kidnapped and transported to the UK. It just so happens Lemme who  is in the UK on holiday gets given the case and here starts the story of mobsters, police and some of the prettiest dames you’ve ever seen. Oh and didn’t you know they always come in threes.

A great read written from the point of view of hard talking, hard drinking, generally all round hard man FBI agent Lemme Caution which really lends to the story as you really get consumed by Lemme and his life style. After finishing the book i decided to find a little more about the author which really surprised me. Taken from wikipedia:

Reginald Evelyn Peter Southouse Cheyney, known as Peter Cheyney, (22 February 1896 — 26 June 1951) was a British crime fiction writer who flourished between 1936 and 1951. Cheyney is the author of hard-boiled short stories and novels, some of which were adapted to film; his character Lemmy Caution was famously appropriated by French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard for the science fiction movie Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution.

His other memorable creation is Slim Callaghan, a somewhat disreputable private detective most at home in the less savoury sections of London. Although his novels sold in the millions during his lifetime, he is almost forgotten today, and his works are mostly out of print.

Isn’t it sad that someone can sell millions of books and yet be mainly forgotten and his works out of print. I’m definitely going to be looking out for more of his books on both Lemme and his other creation Slim Callaghan, again what a name. It is said that Peter Cheyney lived his life a lot like Lemme which if you ever get the chance to read any of the books will realise would of been a great guy to have a drink with.

7/10

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