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DEATH OUT OF DARKNESS by John Creasey/CRIME CLASSIC/1st

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Here for your delectation is the SPECTACULAR RARE---------------DEATH OUT OF DARKNESS by John Creasey. Three attempts were made on Amanda's life---but she would not tell Mike Kenyon the reason for her terror!! Creasey was the most prolific Crime Novelist ever. He wrote over 560 mysteries, thrillers, Westerns and Action Books. Creator of Commander George Gideon. He used over 20 pseudonyms. Founded the Crime Writer's Assoc in 1953. Date of Birth : 1908 Date of Death : 1973 Age : 65 Pseudonyms : J J Marric, Anthony Morton, Gordon Ashe, M E Cooke, Margaret Cooke, Henry St John Cooper, Norman Deane, Elise Fecamps, Robert Caine Frazer, Patrick Gill, Michael Halliday, Charles Hogarth, Brian Hope, Colin Hughes, Kyle Hunt, Peter Manton, Richard Martin, Rodney Mattheson, Ken Ranger, William K Reilly, Tex Riley, Jeremy York Michael Halliday was the first of John Creasey's pseudonyms created by request. After the publication of the prize-winning Baron book, Cassels asked for 'a different kind of story', and Creasey was looking almost hungrily for new opportunities. So he wrote Three for Adventure, a tale of people caught up in a web of events in which they were utterly helpless - a departure from his usual style since he had no 'series' in mind. The book was an immediate success, and was serialised in the Daily Sketch, the Star Weekly (Canada), and many other newspapers in the Commonwealth. Creasey found himself enjoying the freedom of writing without a series character about whom the story had to revolve, and decided to continue writing 'non-series' books under the Michael Halliday pseudonym. There was tremendous vigour and great good humour in the 'Hallidays'; so much so that even Maurice Richardson was stirred to call him 'an impossible bedfellow for depression'. These same characteristics remained with Halliday until 1952, and indeed beyond, when the author, using the same pseudonym, launched an experimental series, anticipating what his two sons (then 11 and 12) would be like in early manhood. He put these characters into a private enquiry agency, and called himself Michael Fane, their author father. The experiment lasted for four books but never fully satisfied Creasey. He began to change the Halliday atmosphere until the tension in these books - still about hapless victims of circumstance - became even greater. Unable to use the name Halliday in the USA because of the highly successful 'native' Brett Halliday, Creasey used the pseudonym Jeremy York for the Halliday books in that country, although York was already acquiring a different style and mood in Britain. As he was writing two Hallidays a year, and his American York publishers (then Scribners) could publish only one a year, there came another split-personality and Kyle Hunt was born, published first by Simon Schuster, then by Random House, Macmillan and World. Even these did not quite satisfy the John Creasey, and as a consequence Halliday experimented yet again and in 1966 the character of Dr Emmanuel Cellini evolved. 'This,' said Creasey, 'is what Michael Halliday has been searching for.' In the United States especially, the character was immediately and remarkably successful. Meanwhile, those earlier titles have tremendously exciting 'grip', and when they were re-issued by Lythway Press in England and first published in the United States by World, who call them 'vintage Creasey', generations of Halliday readers were able see the gradual evolution of an author spread over 30 years. This is the hardcover stated World First American Edition from 1971. Both the dj and the book are in excellent condition. There are no rips, tears, markings, etc.---and the pages and binding are tight (see photo). **Note: All books listed as FIRST EDITIONS are stated by the publisher in words or number lines--or--only stated editions that include only the publisher and publication date. Check my feedback to see that I sell exactly as I describe. So bid soon for this magnificent, impossible-to-find MYSTERY COLLECTIBLE. I gladly accept PayPal and as preferable forms of payment (no personal checks!). Paypal is an acceptable alternative. I will ship internationally for additional charges. ALL OF MY LISTINGS ARE BETTER THAN AN AUCTION!! NAME THE REASONABLE PRICE YOU WANT TO PAY WHEN YOU CLICK BEST OFFER AND CHANCES ARE THE ITEM WILL BE YOURS--IMMEDIATELY!! NO WAITING FOR AN AUCTION TO END!! Detective and mystery stories; Fiction; General NEW!! NEW!! NEW! EVERY DAY WILL BE MARKDOWN SALE DAY IN MY STORE!!! 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