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John Creasey

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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 storyteller and international sensation. Writing under multiple pseudonyms, 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.

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 also founded the 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.

Books by John Creasey

Inspector West: Battle for Inspector West

Patrick Allen is Inspector West in a classic radio adventure from 1967.

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Inspector West Takes Charge: Green Popular Penguins

Extortion is the name of the game. In this first story of the Inspector West series, the Scotland Yard officer has to get to the bottom of a blackmail bid against the Dreem cigarette factory.

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Gideon's Fire: Green Popular Penguins

Commander George Gideon of Scotland Yard has to deal successively with news of a mass murderer, a depraved maniac, and the deaths of a family in an arson attack on an old building south of the river. This leaves little time for the crisis developing at home.

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