(Writing as JJ Marric)
Gideon of Scotland Yard
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 . . .
One of the best - plots and subplots are excellent.
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Characters have real personal problems which make them more substantial than the papier-mâché stereotype common in most mystery fiction.
Author biography:John Creasey Master crime fiction writer John Creasey's near 600 titles have sold more than 80 million copies in over 25 languages under both his own name and ten other pseudonyms. His style varied with each identity and led to him being regarded as a literary phenomena. Amongst the many series written were 'Gideon of Scotland Yard', 'The Toff', 'The Baron', 'Dr. Palfrey' and 'Inspector West', as JJ Marric, Michael Halliday, Patrick Dawlish and others.
During his lifetime Creasey enjoyed an ever increasing reputation both in the UK and overseas, especially the USA. This was further enhanced by constant revision of his works in order to assure the best possible be presented to his readers and also by many awards, not least of which was being honoured twice by the Mystery Writers of America, latterly as Grand Master.
He also found time to found the Crime Writers Association and become heavily involved in British politics - standing for Parliament and founding a movement based on finding the best professionals in each sphere to run things.
'He leads a field in which Agatha Christie is also a runner.' - Sunday Times.