A ruthless killer is on the loose and forces the John Mannering (aka ‘The Baron’), a retired jewel thief and master cracksman, to once again step outside of the law in order to hunt down the murderer, and also save his own skin. A victim had issued a cryptic warning before dying: 'Tell M. danger from Paul K'. It is clear Mannering is in extreme danger, but why, in what form the fatal blow might be delivered, and where he can start the pursuit remains to be deduced. Events lead to a hair-raising trail in which Mannering cannot afford any mistakes.
John Mannering (aka ‘The Baron’) is an ex-cracksman, who is not only now ‘straight’, but can also act when needed in solving crimes. His wife has painted and exhibited and the Summer Exhibition of the Royal Academy what may critics believe to be the finest work that year. She learns from her contacts that Quinns, a curio shop in London’s Mayfair is for sale, and urges Mannering to buy it. His attempt to do so, however, is shrouded in mystery, and the police start to wonder if once again he has turned his hand to being a master jewel thief.
As John Mannering's wife paints a portrait of a celebrated beauty, Lady Deirdre Vandemeyer, she begins to doubt the authenticity of her subject. Then she is stabbed and Mannering (aka 'The Baron') goes undercover as a personal assistant to try and get to the bottom of the mystery. What he discovers sets the mind reeling and as always keeps the reader enthralled to the very last moment.
When John Mannering - alias the Baron - picked up the receiver he heard a frightened man at the end of the line. When he later opened his front door he found a superbly confidant and supremely beautiful woman standing there. She had been robbed of diamonds and she needed Mannering's help. Were the two linked? As the story unfolds it consumes Mannering's friends and enemies, and sees the Baron and his wife put in grave danger. As the tension increases and time ticks by, Mannering must use his wits to escape the trap by which he has been ensnared and in which he might ultimately perish.
John Mannering (aka ‘The Baron’) is a retired jewel thief who is regularly consulted about cases by Scotland Yard. Now, however, he finds himself the chief suspect in a murder and robbery and is locked up in jail where, from his prison cell, he must find the answer to thirteen difficult questions in order to solve the crime and prove his innocence. Meanwhile, the real perpetrators are free and able to further complicate matters and make Mannering’s task even more difficult.
Another gripping story featuring John Mannering (aka ‘The Baron’). A burglar is robbing a dealer’s safe, but is interrupted. The burglar pulls out a gun and fires. Bullets tear into a man’s chest. Some jewels fall as the gun is used. A girl screams. Next morning, John Mannering is contemplating persuading his wife back to bed. The telephone rings and he is informed of the murder. Another complex and dangerous adventure begins, which sees Mannering at his best and in France. Moreover, he has to try and prove the innocence of the dealer’s assistant, who is the chief suspect, although Mannering is far from convinced ...
Now that he is retired as a master ‘cracksman’, John Mannering (aka ‘The Baron’) is sometimes consulted by Scotland Yard when they have a particularly difficult, or unusual, case. When a jeweller who himself walks the fine line between acceptable and unlawful behaviour is robbed, the Baron’s opinion is sought. However, he is on the trail with another case involving missing diamonds. Then he discovers that not only are the two crimes connected, but he is himself the chief suspect.
John Mannering, the former jewel thief known as ‘The Baron’ and now a respectable antique dealer in London’s Mayfair, was selling a fabulous diamond ring known as the ‘Red Eye of Love’. The ring, however, was not wanted by its intended recipient, who only reluctantly placed it on her finger. Could a sixth sense be at work, as the ring is surely associated with death? There is genuine mystery and a bloody mess for ‘The Baron’ to sort out with all of his usual panache and attention to detail.
John Mannering (aka ‘The Baron’) owns Quinns, a shop in London’s Mayfair, dealing in antique and precious stones. Used to solving seemingly impossible crimes, this time he is the victim. A young man seizes diamonds being shown to him, strikes ‘The Baron’ and makes off. Mannering is taken to hospital and is seriously ill, and whilst Scotland Yard is working hard on the case they have very little to go on.
It seemed to be only a light vapour, but it was evil incarnate, strong enough to knock a tough man down. Dr. Palfrey is up against an enemy greater than any he has faced before, who moves in a white, insidious mist that brings death to all but one. The swirling fog dissipates just as suddenly as it appears and the people engulfed within it simply disappear. They are the sons and daughters of politicians, religious clergy, and other notables. The world is threatened with disaster, but Palfrey is completely puzzled by the terror being ranged ...
Desperate War Criminals are fleeing justice and Dr. Palfrey comes to appreciate the difficulties and dangers associated with peace. This thriller is set in post-war Rome and Moscow and tests Palfrey and Z5 to their limits. A thrilling adventure in which John Creasey excels in keeping the reader entertained from start to finish.
The Prince of Barbares, or the scourge of India? Dr. Palfrey and Z5 are up against an Indian mystic who is said to possess the ability to transmit images straight into the minds of his victims. They can take the form of depicting either a glorious picture of heaven, or a horrible one of hell, depending upon the Swami’s desire. Palfrey believes his real goal is to rekindle trouble between India and Pakistan and set them further against each other.
Dr. Palfrey is faced with one of the most difficult problems and a more powerful adversary than he has previously met. A mysterious disease strikes down some of the world’s most powerful figures; then their daughters also become victims. Palfrey and Z5 undertake a perilous journey to oust the cause and the truth and to prevent domination of the planet by an irresponsible power and fearful new weapons.
Paul Laking is dead and the police suspect suicide. Yet Sir John Laking, a highly respected local landowner and magistrate, is missing along with his daughter, and the telephone wires have been cut. And what is this to do with the ‘Mensak Incident’ in which a village has been subjected to bombardment, and the Toff’s (The ‘Honourable Richard Rollison’) fascination with weapons of all kinds, especially from the East? There are hidden crimes, including murder, to be uncovered and it would seem that only the Toff has any chance of getting at the truth, or has he?
Z5 is given the task of finding and capturing a Nazi fugitive. It’s chief agent, Dr. Palfrey, manages to learn more than anyone expected when he discovers that far from being alone, the man is only one of a growing and powerful band who, resenting their country’s defeat, are now bent on revenge upon those that brought it about. He must defeat them and their objective.
A megalomaniac stumbles across a curious chemical in certain deposits of impure uranium which results in instant death as it is passed from one person to the other. Can Dr. Stanilaus Palfrey defeat Anak’s plan and can Banister (one ‘n’) and Rita be reconciled as she emerges from her murderous sleep? And just how should the United Nations react in the face of this blatant attempt to dominate?
The Honourable Richard Rollison (aka ‘The Toff’) received what he thought to be a letter, addressed simply to ‘The Toff, London W1.’ Remarkable in itself in reaching him, inside the envelope there was nothing more than a photograph of a beautiful, but unidentified, woman. In fact, the previous evening the woman herself had attended a society ball, looking somewhat pale but dressed immaculately in black satin and mink. No one knew who she was and she said she had lost her memory. Then, within days, the mystery deepened and The Toff was pitched against her cunning, with murder as the backdrop, whilst his own heart and feelings were both getting in the way of a solution and putting more lives in danger.
The Honourable Richard Rollison (aka ‘The Toff’) had been playing rugby at Taunton. About to head off back to London he discovered a woman in the back seat of his car. She had apparently sought him out and was determined to meet him. A curious story then emerged as to why Alice Hellier was frightened for the safety of her playboy cousin, an acquaintance of the Toff’s, and why only the ace investigator could help. All is not as it seems, however, and the Toff becomes caught up in a desperate financial plot.
Fires have broken out. At first they appear to be natural disasters, but they are spreading globally and into cities. Now, an ultimatum from Faustus has been issued. Governments everywhere are prepared to meet the problem by betraying Z5 and everything it stands for. Dr. Palfrey is completely discredited, but is not prepared to take the situation lying down and is determined to get to Faustus and unlock the secret behind the fires.