Inspector West embarks upon a rest cure, but finds no change as blackmail, kidnap, and multiple murder still dominate his life. There is also an adversary well known to him, but he dare not make an arrest .... for now! Full of action and danger, this is one of the best 'West' novels.
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.
Creasy 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 was also involved with the National Savings movement; United Europe; various road safety campaigns, and famine relief. 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.
John Creasey’s stories are as compelling today as ever, with one of the major factors in his success being the ability to portray characters as living – his undoubted talent being to understand and observe accurately human behaviour.
In this second thrilling installment of John Creasey’s beloved Inspector West mysteries, the titular and wildly overworked Inspector Roger West is sentenced to a well-earned vacation by meddlesome friends and family. He may find it difficult to relax as ordered, however, when crime seems to follow wherever he goes....
Actor Tim Bentick guides listeners skillfully through the twists and turns, mayhem and murder, of this engrossing action thriller, his well-paced performance only enhancing the novel’s tight pacing. Inspector West may find no rest, as crime and chaos dog his every footstep, but his loss is our gain - and listeners are assured an entertaining ride in this intriguing whodunit.
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