Peter Cheyney was born Reginald Southouse Cheyney in 1896 and
passed away in 1951. He was a very prolific author and one of the
periods best-selling authors. His style was based on the American style
hard boiled school, though usually slightly tamer, toned down version. Numerous titles
were not published in the US, mostly the short story collections. UK
editions generally precede the US. There are some alternative titles for books
reissued at a later date.
His two main series characters were Lemmy Caution and
Slim Callaghan, with Caution being the most popular. Outside of collectors, Cheyney is largely forgotten now, which given he was once one of
the country's most popular and successful authors is quite remarkable. His success enabled him to amass a fortune and made him
one of England's richest authors at the time. As usual, the earlier titles are the rarest and most desirable. Pre 1940 titles
in original first issue dust jackets are generally regarded as rare books. The later titles, whilst not common in nice collectable condition,
are not overly difficult to locate and do not command particularly high prices.