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Twenty-fourth Level

(The first book in the Peter Craig series)
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In 1960s Rio, Craig's investigations into smuggled diamonds take him from British Embassy high society, to the deepest, most dangerous level of a goldmine, and into the heart of a deadly conspiracy.

Kenneth Benton's first novel is a tense, claustrophobic suspense thriller with exotic Brazilian locations and a chilling villain.

Reviews of Twenty-fourth Level

"A tough but susceptible hero, a most attractive young heroine with real character, a properly villainous villain, and a goldmine in the hinterland of Brazil: these form the ingredients of Kenneth Benton's exciting Twenty-fourth Level, which might have been subtitled 'don't go down the mine, Peter.' The description of the great mine and its working is fascinating, but any claustrophobic is advised to skip to the rather horrifying climax on the twenty-fourth level. A really impressive first novel." -- The Guardian, 17.7.1969.

"Rio and its mining hinterland described by a Baedeker-thorough guide. Lots of excitement and some decent, old-fashioned love." -- The Times, 21.6.1969.

"The Twenty-fourth Level is in a Brazilian goldmine, and it's here, in conditions of lethal heat, that the story's action climax is reached. Mr Benton designs his goings-on with unusual skill--there are never any moments where you long for mayhem as a relief from the interludes, or when you long for the interludes as a relief from the mayhem--and his love-interest, admittedly old-fashioned, easily triumphs over the absence of explicit bedwork. Rather moving stuff, actually, and though extensive for a thriller, it helps the narrative instead of (as so often) interfering." -- The Sunday Times, 20.7.1969.

"Capable, fast and nicely atmospheric."
-- Sun, 1969

"What was the secret concealed in a few strangely coloured diamonds, for which a German gold-mining engineer was ready to kill? Peter Craig, police advisor to Diplomatic Service in Brazil, unravels the bizarre threads linking the German with a beautiful, nineteen-year-old heiress. Startling climax in the deepest gallery of a mine, where two men have only their courage between them and death."
-- Evening News, 21.7.1969

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Used availability for Kenneth Benton's Twenty-fourth Level

Hardback Editions

June 1969 : UK Hardback

Title: Twenty-fourth Level
Author(s): Kenneth Benton
ISBN: 0-00-231812-1 / 978-0-00-231812-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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Paperback Editions

March 1999 : UK Paperback

Title: Twenty-fourth Level
Author(s): Kenneth Benton
ISBN: 1-85389-909-7 / 978-1-85389-909-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Dales Large Print
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Kindle Editions

April 1969 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Twenty-Fourth Level (A Peter Craig International Mystery & Crime Thriller Book 1)
Author(s): Kenneth Benton
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