Philip Bird gives an engaging performance of prolific English crime novelist John Creasey’s The Baron Comes Back, the ninth book in The Baron series. His English accent and dulcet voice are perfectly suited to the thrilling material. John Mannering, a jewel thief who goes by the alias the Baron, comes out of retirement when a Frenchman tempts him with a tremendous offer. While searching for a collection of precious stones, he stumbles across an organization that smuggles more than just goods. When his old friend Superintendent Bristow appears on the scene, Mannering finds himself enmeshed with the law once again.
Although John Mannering – alias the Baron – had been enjoying his retirement from his ‘Baronial’ activities as a jewel thief, he was nonetheless tempted by the offer of the strange little Frenchman who visited him late one night. So tempted, in fact, that he accepts, and resurrects the Baron in return for a superb diamond. In doing so, Mannering is plunged into the search for a famous collection of precious stones smuggled into the country by an organization which, he suspects, is also dealing in human contraband.
But Mannering, having agreed to help the organization, finds himself in a difficult and dangerous situation; as John Mannering, he is obliged to do all he can to help his old friend Superintendent Bristow, but, as the Baron, he finds himself on the run from the police once more…
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 story teller and international sensation. 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. 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.
But one has to appreciate, or love older writing. John Creasey is amazing...600 plus books with many pseudonyms.
I am in the process of hearing all The Baron series.
Then I shall carry on with Inspector West, Gideon of the Yard, The Toff... having heard some of all these leading characters stories, and there are more I haven't tried yet.
I am truly in awe of Mr Creasey. ( if that was his real name ! )
I must shout my praises for all the readers, performers, narrators for their brilliance in bringing the stories to such vivid life, thank you all, and Audible for making it possible to hear these gems.
I just wish I had more money !