The Grand Master of Crime

John Creasey was the prolific author of over 600 novels, using multiple different pseudonyms, with worldwide sales in the 1970’s of over 80 million copies in 28 different languages.

In 1953, John Creasey founded the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) in the UK. The CWA New Blood Dagger is awarded every year in his memory, for first books by previously unpublished writers. In 1962, Creasey won an Edgar Award for Best Novel, from the Mystery Writers of America (MWA), for Gideon’s Fire, written under the pseudonym J. J. Marric. In 1969 he received the MWA’s greatest honour, the Grand Master Award.

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