The National Gallery houses priceless art treasures belonging to the nation and has high security. But Velazquez's painting ‘The Prince’ is nevertheless stolen. Commander George Gideon of Scotland Yard knows of only a few thieves at large artful enough to pull off such a heist. However, one obvious suspect turns up dead and Gideon believes there is more to the story than a simple theft, no matter how daring. Then a famous art dealer's daughter is kidnapped and a notorious counterfeiting ring moves into town. Clearly, Gideon is facing something both major and mysterious...
'The King of Crime' wrote an astonishing number of crime and mystery books, selling more than 80 million copies worldwide in 28 languages over five decades. His most famous characters include The Baron, Inspector West, and Gideon. The Creasey Dagger is the UK's top award for first time crime novelists with winners including Patricia Cornwell and Minette Walters. Creasey is an inspiration to the aspiring but as yet unpublished author. He had 743 rejection slips before his first book was accepted. He never stopped believing in himself and he never gave up. He wasn't afraid to take risks either - writing under 10 different names and changing styles with each character.
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