The Midi diamonds were not insured. So when they are stolen, it is bad news for their owner - until she manages to enlist the help of John Mannering in their recovery. Mannering - better known as the Baron - has a higher success rate that the police in the business of recovering stolen property, and it is not beyond some disgruntled policemen to believe that he'd had a hand in the thefts in the first place. Soon he is suspected of robbery and, indeed, murder, and he has to strike hard and fast if he is going to clear his name and solve the case.
Born in Surrey, England in 1908 into a poor family in which there were nine children, John Creasey grew up to be a true master story teller and international sensation. His more than 600 crime, mystery and thriller titles have now sold 80 million copies in 25 languages. These include many popular series such as Gideon of Scotland Yard, The Toff, Dr Palfrey and The Baron. Creasey wrote under many pseudonyms, explaining that booksellers had complained he totally dominated the 'C' section in stores.
Never one to sit still, Creasey had a strong social conscience, and stood for Parliament several times, along with founding the One Party Alliance which promoted the idea of government by a coalition of the best minds from across the political spectrum. He founded the British Crime Writers' Association, which to this day celebrates outstanding crime writing. The Mystery Writers of America bestowed upon him the Edgar Award for best novel and then in 1969 the ultimate Grand Master Award.
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