Superintendent Bristow of New Scotland Yard needs help in tracking down several stolen precious stones. He is reluctant to ask but desperately needs the help of John Mannering aka The Baron, once mastermind jewel thief. Mannering suspects a crafty trap but accepts, once he lays down his own terms. But quickly things take a turn for the worst as Mannering finds himself involved in more than petty theft but a murder.
'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 Creasey is an inspiration to the aspiring but as yet unpublished author.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.