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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: House of Stratus; New edition edition (23 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755114043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755114047
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 0.1 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 486,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronnie on 16 Oct 2012
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excellent book downloaded to kindle,if you like this type of book buy it,hav purchased a few now pleased with them all
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By Brian on 20 Jan 2014
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Another great Gideon novel by John creasey gideon is after an arsonist who is burning slums while the normal business of Scotland Yard goes on and there's trouble at home. Recommended
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs E. O'Reilly on 9 May 2010
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I admit to being a great fan of the Gideon Books but had not been able to get hold of them until recently and to mmy delight I found trhem as gfood as ever they are great styoroes about the old Scotland Yard
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By D. Taylor on 17 Sep 2014
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A rediscovered gem of an author 11 Mar 2013
By Jim Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In 1959 while visiting London for the first time, I discovered John Creasey's mystery series featuring "The Toff". Recently, I read a review of GIDEON'S FIRE (ISBN 0755114043, trade paperback, $14.95) by Creasey and bought a copy through my local Indie bookstore. John Creasey published more than 600 books using 28 pseudonyms including J.J. Marric who was originally listed as the author of GIDEON'S FIRE (an Edgar Award winner). Creasey died in 1973 so no new titles will be coming (I think). He wrote many Britain based mystery series as well as westerns and romances.

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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On Fire 31 July 2014
By CopShop - Published on Amazon.com
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This is my first "Gideon" and quite enjoyed this fast read. I did not get the impression that Gideon is any great sleuth, but a director of policy and crime solving strategy. This reads like five short stories merged into a novel ( firebug, bank robber/killer, stock swindler, lothario killer, family affair). Gideon operated more like a traffic cop directing his subordinates toward the solutions. I did find Creasey's style of running scenarios from paragraph to paragraph disconcerting. Yes, I will read another "Gideon".

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A book that didn't age well 7 Mar 2014
By H. Chaffee - Published on Amazon.com
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This book actually won an Edgar. I can only assume that it was an off year since this is a mediocre book at best. The problem is not just with the change of taste since 1962. Many of the books from that period hold up perfectly: Gideon's Fire was never very good. The story is a police procedural, in this case one where the author tells the reader who committed the crimes to start and then shows how the police work the cases.

This eliminates some suspense, but other writers have done the same thing effectively. In this case, however, the cases themselves aren't particularly interesting or realistic and the police don't do anything very clever in solving them. They are actually pretty inept most of the time. To make matters worse, everyone we see in Scotland Yard is incapable of making even the simplest decision without checking with our hero Commander Gideon who personally manages every detail of every case. None of this, of course, annoys any of the other police officers who all apparently recognize his brilliance and have no desire to be treated like intelligent professionals. This isn't how real people behave and this isn't a good book.
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