Built with such hope, the Wellesley Estate has descended into a place of meaningless violence that the police cannot control. Fear of rape, muggings, arson, and even murder has led some of its residents to form their own vigilante group.
Elsewhere in London, Dino Orsini is working with the police to help solve the murder of his two brothers, who were slain in what appears to be gang-land killings. And across the city, a Czech clairvoyant has been employed in tracing the kidnapped wife of a leading biscuit manufacturer, Thomas Cargill. Commander George Gideon must use all his faculties to uphold justice in an increasingly lawless London and a characteristically thrilling story.
William Vivienne Butler follows in the footsteps of John Creasey and weaves a story as masterfully as the man himself. Invited to take over writing the Gideon Series on Creasey’s death, Butler hoped to keep the memory of the Master crime fiction writer alive.
John Creasey's near 600 titles have sold more than 80 million copies in over 25 languages under both his own name and multiple 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. Creasey 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 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.