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The Mists of Fear

The Mists of Fear

(1955)
(Book 18 in the Dr Palfrey series)
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It seemed to be only a light vapour, but it was evil incarnate, strong enough to knock a tough man down. Dr. Palfrey is up against an enemy greater than any he has faced before, who moves in a white, insidious mist that brings death to all but one. The swirling fog dissipates just as suddenly as it appears and the people engulfed within it simply disappear. They are the sons and daughters of politicians, religious clergy, and other notables. The world is threatened with disaster, but Palfrey is completely puzzled by the terror being ranged ...

The Author: Born in Surrey, England, into a poor family as seventh of nine children John Creasey attended a primary school in Fulham, London, followed by The Sloane School. He did not follow his father as a coach maker, but pursued various low-level careers as a clerk, in factories, and sales. His ambition was to write full time and by 1935 he achieved this, some three years after the appearance of his first crime novel 'Seven Times Seven'.

From the outset, he was an astonishingly prolific and fast writer, and it was not unusual for him to have a score, or more, novels published in any one year. Because of this, he ended up using twenty eight pseudonyms, both male and female, once explaining that booksellers otherwise complained about him totally dominating the 'C' section in bookstores. They included:

Gordon Ashe, M E Cooke, Norman Deane, Robert Caine Frazer, Patrick Gill, Michael Halliday, Charles Hogarth, Brian Hope, Colin Hughes, Kyle Hunt, Abel Mann, Peter Manton, JJ Marric, Richard Martin, Rodney Mattheson, Anthony Morton and Jeremy York.

As well as crime, he wrote westerns, fantasy, historical fiction and standalone novels in many other genres. It is for crime, though, that he is best known, particularly the various detective 'series', including Gideon of Scotland Yard, The Baron, The Toff, and Inspector Roger West, although his other characters and series should not be dismissed as secondary, as the likes of Department 'Z' and Dr. Palfrey have considerable followings amongst readers, as do many of the 'one off' titles, such as the historical novel 'Masters of Bow Street' about the founding of the modern police force.

With over five hundred books to his credit and worldwide sales approaching one hundred million, and translations into over twenty-five languages, Creasey grew to be an international sensation.

He travelled widely, promoting his books in places as far apart as Russia and Australia, and virtually commuted between the UK and USA, visiting in all some forty seven states.

As if this were not enough, he also stood for Parliament several times as a Liberal in the 1940's and 50's, and an Independent throughout the 1960's. In 1966, he founded the 'All Party Alliance', which promoted the idea of government by a coalition of the best minds from across the political spectrum, and was also involved with the National Savings movement; United Europe; various road safety campaigns, and famine relief.

In 1953 Creasey founded the British Crime Writers' Association, which to this day celebrates outstanding crime writing. He won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his novel 'Gideon's Fire' and in 1969 was given the ultimate Grand Master Award.

There have been many TV and big screen adaptations of his work, including major series centred upon Gideon, The Baron, Roger West and others. His stories are as compelling today as ever, with one of the major factors in his success being the ability to portray characters as living - his undoubted talent being to understand and observe accurately human behaviour.

John Creasey died at Salisbury, Wiltshire in 1973.

Genre: Mystery
 
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Hardback Editions

January 1973 : UK Hardback
Title: Mists of Fear ([Ulverscroft large print series. mystery])
Author(s): John Creasey
ISBN: 0-85456-161-7 / 978-0-85456-161-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
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October 1977 : USA Hardback
Title: The Mists of Fear: A Dr. Palfrey Mystery
Author(s): John Creasey
ISBN: 0-8027-5381-7 / 978-0-8027-5381-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Walker & Co
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Paperback Editions

September 2015 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Mists of Fear (Dr. Palfrey)
Author(s): John Creasey
ISBN: 0-7551-3602-0 / 978-0-7551-3602-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: House of Stratus
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November 1970 : UK Paperback
Title: Mists of Fear
Author(s): John Creasey
ISBN: 0-340-12812-7 / 978-0-340-12812-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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Kindle Editions

December 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Mists of Fear (Dr. Palfrey Book 18)
Author(s): John Creasey
Publisher: House of Stratus
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