John Mannering - alias the Baron - had always been fascinated by art. Though once a jewel thief, he was now a respectable Mayfair antiques dealer. So when a well-known Chinese dealer invites him to a unique exhibition of art treasures in Hong Kong, Manning’s interest is piqued - even more so when he realizes the extreme lengths someone is prepared to go to prevent him reaching his destination.
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. 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.