Gideon's March by J.J. Marric (John Creasey)
New York : Harper & Brothers, 1962. First edition. Hardcover. 181 pages ; 20 cm. $3.50 dust jacket. A very good copy with firm binding, clean and unmarked pages.
by J. J. Marric
Emily Kimbrough says:
"I took it at a gulp, too absorbed to allow any interruption. This is Gideon at his best. With excitement and admiration I enjoy accompanying him on his rounds."
George Gideon of Scotland Yard, whose daily problems and triumphs are by now happily familiar to an ever increasing American audience, was faced with an awesome extra burden. There was to be a meeting in London of the heads of state of France, Germany and the United States-and the State Visit would include a parade in which the heads of state were to participate.
Which meant, of course, special precautions from the moment the visiting statesmen touched English soil. They had to be watched over all during their sojourn, but particularly on the day of the parade-when in the masses who would turn out to line the procession route there would be all sorts of people, from pickpockets to potential assassins.
The job of protecting the statesmen became Gideon's when the man in charge of the uniformed police division took ill and Gideon had to watch over that branch as well as his own.
This was Gideon's largest problem—but back of it was a murder, unsolved, followed by another, seemingly connected, the disappearance of a wife, and the many day-by-day crimes that the Scotland Yard commander of C.I.D. must cope with.
J. J. Marric has in this novel made readers aware of the tremendous difficulties facing the police when on top of their ordinary duties is imposed the job of keeping order around an Occasion.
Harold Q. Masur says:
"Read it at one sitting. Found it a colorful yarn, told with brisk authority, and utterly absorbing."
Praised for Gideon's March :
"Marries books about Commander George Gideon of Scotland Yard are marked by the technically dazzling handling of a larger number of plots in a small compass. . . . Each of them developed as fully as the average crime writer could do in a single-minded novel.
"They are further distinguished by the facts that the crimes involved have a solid real-life plausibility, that Gideon himself is an interesting and believable man, and that the author has a good novelist's acute understanding of the small interplays of character and personality." -The New York Times Book Review
"Gideon novels, which will undoubtedly become Twentieth Century classics . . ." —Providence Sunday Journal
"If you want a favorite detective you cannot do better in today's market than George Gideon of Scotland Yard." —Oakland Tribune
"Gideon is as busy, interesting and realistic as in his previous adventures, worthy of the attention of all detective fiction fans." —Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"Gideon seems to get better with each book." —Buffalo News
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