John Creasey

John Creasey MBE (17 September 1908 – 9 June 1973) was an English crime and science fiction writer. He published more than 600 novels by 28 different pseudonyms, including Patrick Dawlish, Anthony Morton, Michael Halliday, Kyle Hunt, J.J. Marric, Jeremy York, Richard Martin, Peter Manton, Norman Deane, Gordon Ashe, Henry St. John Cooper, Credo, Robert Caine Frazer, James Marsden, Colin Hughes, Martin Richard, Rodney Mattheson, Brian Hope, Abel Mann and others, including Westerns under the names of Tex Riley, William K. Reilly, Jimmy Wilde and Ken Ranger, and Romantic novels by the name of Margaret Cooke, M.E. Cooke, and Elise Fecamps. 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. (source: wikipedia.org)



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