George Gideon is a superintendent in Scotland Yard, written (I believe) in 1955. Unlike most books that are contemporary, where the heroes seem often ..Show More »to be on the outs with their peers in some fashion, this book (much like the Ellery Queen mysteries) still depicts the police as admirable heroes, and the criminals as somewhat stereotyped "baddies."
This book is a bit interesting, because the author has taken a slice out of Gideon's life by making this all be about what a typical day is like for him. There are a couple of threads that go through the entire book--cases that are dangerous, important, must be given full attention with use of his forces and wits that provide the ongoing interest for the reader. But this book also humanizes him, as well as providing some back story, by having insight into his personal life which has a bitter-sweet quality to it. Gideon is portrayed as a tall, large man with good powers of observations and memory for details. He works at the Yard, and often delegates, but also feels the necessity of being on the spot with what is happening himself. He seems well-liked and respected by the other police, and appears to have earned his place with sharp, honest work.
What is different about this book, is that it is not one case that keeps the whole force tied up for weeks or months (though they are tackling cases that have that sort of history behind them). This is all portraying things that take place in a 24 hour period of time. I think it is the introduction to a series that will most likely be told in more the conventional way. Here, serious cases get taken on/solved, though the stereotyping is what one might expect for the time. It is quite interesting, actually. At first I had thought it might not be, but as I got into it, I found it was a good window into the mindset of the times, as well as having one or two threads running through the whole book, which hold it together. I would not exactly call this a mystery, it is more a police procedural story. In the end I enjoyed it, and now plan to find more. Recommend.
This is another great story by a very prolific author. BUT, this reader is one of the worst I have ever heard. He is hesitant (almos..Show More »t studdering) and he hasn't a clue what the story he is reading is about. I will finish it because I do like the Gideon stories but I am cringing as I listen. This is one better read in book form. Try it on your kindle instead.
Written under the pseudonym 'J. J. Marric', John Creasy won the MWA Edgar award for Best Novel in 1962 for this story.
It follows a few ..Show More »days in the life of Gideon, and to me reads more like a crime, police procedural. We also get to glimpse a cross section of the crims his Section in ScotlandYard is following. It is an interesting take on the early 1960's and very well read by Hugh Kermode.
In future when I am looking for an entertaing crime fiction story I expect I will try a few more in this Series.
Some of the crimes are anything but friendly or funny and, there is light humour and humanity as Gideon keeps up the pace in difficult times.