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, 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’), now retired from being the country’s top jewel thief, receives a visitor in his Mayfair antique shop. It is Prince Taria, son of an old acquaintance of Mannering’s, the ruler of a small island off the coast of Malaysia. The Prince has embarked upon a desperate search for his dynastic treasures. He is also determined to give his small tropical island a true democracy, but his life is now threatened by the enemies of his people ....
John Mannering (aka ‘The Baron’) is a retired jewel thief and cracksman who now runs a respectable antique business, Quinns, in London’s Mayfair. He buys and sells objet d’art and also provides safe-keeping for many precious items – gold, silver and especially jewellery. A new generation of criminals see him as an obvious target – can they outsmart the man who was a legend amongst their fraternity in his time? They find, however, that robbing their ‘man’ isn’t quite as easy as they might have hoped, although ‘The Baron’ does come perilously close to disaster in a tale that has an unexpected twist. Unless he acts, at least two people will be condemned to a life of unhappiness.
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 ...
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.
The peace of a quiet day is disturbed at Quinns, the antique shop in London’s Mayfair owned by John Mannering – known also as ‘The Baron’ and a former master cracksman and jewel thief. The phone rings and is answered by Josh Larraby, himself a former thief. ‘They’re trying to kill me’ pleads the man on the line. Then laughter is heard, at first soft, but rising to a crescendo which makes even the stalwart Larraby cringe. What is to be done? But there is more to the call than might be supposed, for Mannering must battle a plot to dominate and destroy him.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
At first sight there is no connection between the deaths of three agents in West Africa and the fact that one of Dr. Palfrey’s friends has suddenly lost a great deal of weight. However, behind both is an organisation using a drug that puts world domination within the reach of a few ruthless individuals. Blackmail ensues and Palfrey must deal with what could be the worst situation he has ever faced; an overwhelming and brutal conspiracy that threatens the lives of millions of people.
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.
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.
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.