John Creasey MBE was an English crime and science fiction writer who wrote more than six hundred novels using twenty eight different pseudonyms.
He created several characters which are now famous, such as The Toff, Commander George Gideon of Scotland Yard, Inspector Roger West, The Baron, and Doctor Stanislaus Alexander Palfrey.
The most popular of these was Gideon of Scotland Yard, who was the basis for the television series Gideon’s Way and for the John Ford movie Gideon of Scotland Yard (1958), also known by its British title Gideon’s Day. The Baron character was made into a 1960s TV series starring Steve Forrest as The Baron.
In 1953, John Creasey founded the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) in the UK. The CWA New Blood Dagger is awarded in his memory, for first books by previously unpublished writers; sponsored by BBC Audiobooks, it includes a prize of £1000. This award was known previously as the John Creasey Memorial Dagger.
John Creasey died in June 1973
The greed of one man has meant the death of others.
Two men with oil connections have been killed and Jim Burke of Department Z has to stop this ambitious murderer before others are hurt. But before Burke even knows that he is to take charge of the case, an attempt is made to kill him, too.
With his own life in jeopardy, will he be able to save Britain from economic disaster? Burke knows that he’s up against something big but is it too big for this new Secret Service man to handle.
Can he prevent Britain from ruin?
The Terror Trap (1936) is the seventh in John Creasey‘s Department Z series.
Marius Krotz, a one-time revolutionary turned power behind the throne of a small European state, is watched by Secret Service agents across the globe.
At the forefront of the action is Department Z, headed by veteran agent Gordon Cragie. But there’s a new detective on the scene. Will Jim Burke manage to successfully take charge of English developments whilst the young Arran twins operate in Europe? Burke must be ready for unknown dangers with every thrill.
Thunder has been rolling in Europe for a while now. Department Z aims to avoid the lightning.
Thunder in Europe (1936) is the sixth in John Creasey‘s Department Z series.
The mark of the crescent signs an order for murder.
Gordon Cragie and Department Z are embroiled in a desperate investigation involving drugs and large scale murder. How will the Department uncover who is behind the mysterious mark? Will they solve the case before the anonymous culprit claims another victim?
The trail starts at the country estate of Greylands, but where will the mark of the crescent lead them?
The Mark of the Crescent (1935) is the fifth in John Creasey‘s Department Z series.
Leopold Gorman studies the World Economic Conference with interest – and then picks five rich and powerful men to bring his plan to fruition.
If any one of them show reluctance to fall in with his scheme, he’ll be dead within the hour.
Gordon Craigie, Chief of British Intelligence, is the only thing standing between Gorman and success. So Gorman turns his attentions to Craigie’s greatest asset, the men of Department Z.
As Craigie attempts to undermine Gorman’s plot, Gorman decides which agent should be next to “disappear”… Can Craigie and his men outwit this master criminal before it’s too late?
Death Round the Corner (1935) is the fourth in John Creasey‘s Department Z series.
Sir Basil Riordan is mysterious, frightening, and an immensely wealthy man. But is he also a killer? As head of England’s elite secret service, “Z” Department, Gordon Craigie has to find out.
It wasn’t an easy investigation. Too many important people were involved. A member of an exclusive London Club has been poisoned. Could Riordan or his son, Marcus, be involved?
Craigie assigns his best agent, Devenish, to find the truth. But what Devenish finds is no clear-cut case of homicide. He uncovers a mad masquerade of murder, larceny, and deceit of the highest order.
Before long, it looks like he and Craigie are in over their heads.
First Came a Murder (1934) is the third in John Creasey‘s Department Z series.
Martin Storm’s visit to New York seemed like it was a success. But that was until his car was machine gunned and the police had to smuggle him out of the country…
But Martin finds no safety at home, either, and the search begins to find the man who is hunting him down.
He soon discovers that he has become involved with an American underworld boss who is planning to expand his business to Britain. Will he be able to escape the gangster’s clutches, or will he become a victim in his complex game?
Redhead (1933) is the second in John Creasey‘s Department Z series.
Millions of lives are at stake if a sinister international conspiracy succeeds. It’s down to England’s elite detective agency, Department Z, to make sure that doesn’t happen.
They’ve got to keep things quiet, too. Discretion is something that the Honourable James Quinion knows only too well – it’s all part and parcel of being a member of the Secret Service.
Department Z is described as ‘a home for bachelors with a suicidal turn of mind…’ Its agents ready themselves for this high-profile, high-danger job. Quinion will find himself right in the firing line and in personal danger – how will he keep the conspiracy under control and under wraps?
The Death Miser (1933) is the first in John Creasey‘s Department Z series.