John Creasey Biography
(1908–73), Inspector West Takes Charge, Introducing the Toff, Gideon's Day
British crime writer, undoubtedly the most prolific of all, who, from 1932 until his death, wrote over 560 novels under more than twenty pseudonyms. Best known are the Roger West and Richard Rollison (‘the Toff’) stories, written under his own name (Inspector West Takes Charge, 1942; Introducing the Toff, 1938) and the J. J. Marric police procedural novels in which the chief character is Commander George Gideon of Scotland Yard. The latter—Gideon's Day (1955) is the first—are to be preferred to the rest of his work. Under other pseudonyms he wrote romantic novels, Westerns, and juvenile fiction.