- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: House of Stratus; New edition edition (Sept. 23 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0755114043
- ISBN-13: 978-0755114047
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.3 x 20.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 308 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,022,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Gideon's Fire: (Writing as JJ Marric) Paperback – Sep 23 2008
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'Marric keeps his plots going and tightens them up, with the expertise of a juggler. His method is strictly documentary. But the understanding and emphasis on routine effectively build up the drama. He depicts the enormous job of the Yard with realism and knowledge.' (Books of the Month)
Fascinating. (Birmingham Mail)
Commander Gideon is now so firmly established that it is hard to realise that he does not really exist. He and his aides, his family, his friends, have developed a solidarity, a presence, that makes rather sad the realisation that they are only fictional. (Books and Bookmen)
Gideon of Scotland Yard emerges as one of the most real working detectives in modern fiction ... a sympathetic and believable professional policeman. (New York Times)
Gideon of Scotland Yard emerges as one of the most real working detectives in modern fiction ... a sympathetic and believable professional policeman.
Exciting, convincing, and definitely one of those you-can't-put-it-down books. (New York Times)
Solidly interesting, with masses of action. (She)
'The Gideon Books are splendid.' (Sunday Times)
About the Author
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 ten 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 Writer's of America, latterly as Grand Master. He also found time to found the Crime Writers Association and become heavily involved in British politics - standing for Parliament and founding a movement based on finding the best professionals in each sphere to run things.'He leads a field in which Agatha Christie is also a runner.' - Sunday Times.
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George Gideon works in New Scotland Yard as the Commander of the Criminal Investigation Department. In this book, there are several story lines to be followed - serial arson (murder included), stock fraud, a serial murderer and a rapist/murderer. Gideon does not solve the crimes himself but directs various members of his department in the investigations. For the most part, we know who the criminals are but watching how Gideon and his staff find them is intriguing.
Gideon is human, too, having a wife and kids. He deals with family issues while doing his job as well. The characters are wonderful. The good guys could be your friends. The bad guys are really bad but not necessarily evil (some are). You get a great picture of London in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Gideon is using the technology available at that time - no computers, no cell phones (two-way car radios instead), telephones (including phone booths with working phones), newspapers, radio and television.
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