Erudite actor Phillip Bird (Casualty, Doctors) is debonair and dashing as jewel thief turned antiques dealer John Mannering, aka the Baron. Here, Mannering finds himself the recipient of a portentous telegram from a dying friend. Death threats follow, and Mannering finds himself at the center of a murderous intrigue, forced to assume his "gentleman crook" alter ego. Bird lends lively role-playing to this dialogue driven drama from master of thrills John Creasey (working here under his pseudonym, Anthony Morton). The British actor delivers fast-paced action and riveting suspense while capably capturing the unique character of Creasey’s suave and sly middle-class criminal.
‘Tell M. danger from Paul K’ read the cryptic warning from a dying man. The ‘M’ in question was John Mannering – alias the Baron – and the warning was not wrong. Faced with two murders and the threat of his own impending death, the Baron steps outside the law to hunt down the ruthless, unknown, killer who has claimed their third victim - Paul K.
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 ‘Gideon 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 Writers of America, latterly as Grand Master.