This is the 23rd book in the Baron series, written by expert crime writer John Creasey. Listeners familiar with the series can depend on his usual snappy prose, witty plots, and dramatic action. And those just entering the intriguing world of detective Baron and his English Cronies should not hesitate to step right in! Narrator Philip Bird will be your guide; his voice is soft and almost velvety, and he is particularly good at conveying the wry humorousness of the prose. The fact that this is the middle of the series doesn't matter; each book is self-contained. This one begins on the French Riviera, although the fast-paced action doesn't leave too much time for dallying over the beautiful setting.
When somebody broke into the safe of respected jeweler, Bernard Dale, he obviously hadn't reckoned on any interference. His first mistake. His second mistake - killing Dale - was just downright stupid. For Dale was an old friend of John Mannering - alias the Baron - and Mannering didn't like his old friends getting shot. But although all the evidence pointed firmly at Dale's young partner, Tony Bennet, Mannering wasn't convinced.
With the French Riviera as his first stop, the Baron sets out on a race to find the real killer and prove the innocence of the young man.
Master crime fiction writer 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 'ideon of Scotland Yard, The Toff, The Baron, Dr. Palfrey and Inspector West, as JJ Marric, Michael Halliday, Patrick Dawlish and others.
During his lifetime Creasey enjoyed an ever increasing reputation both in the UK and overseas, especially the USA. This was further enhanced by constant revision of his works in order to assure the best possible be presented to his readers and also by many awards, not least of which was being honoured twice by the Mystery Writer's of America, latterly as Grand Master.