This was the first outing for John Creasey's Michael Halliday pseudonym, following clarion calls from the publishers after the success of the Baron series, and who asked for 'a different kind of story'. So he created Three for Adventure, a tale of people caught up in a web of events in which they are utterly helpless. The book was an immediate success, and was serialised widely. We start with the simple question: did Marion Darce kill the film star's wife? Seemingly the revolver was hers, and so were the fingerprints. That was no reason why she should hold up Mark Frensham at the revolver's point when he proved a friend in need. Joining forces the protagonists evade the police, fight through a gang-onslaught to get a fortune-making secret, and on the Continent have their fill of thrilling episodes, captures and escapes, torture and reprisals till the arch-villain Korra is outwitted and Marion's name is cleared. Or is it?
'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 Creasey is an inspiration to the aspiring but as yet unpublished author.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.