Gideon's Men - Gideon, Bk 18 Author:J. J. Marric (John Creasy) It was an unusually busy period. — In Dartmoor Prison a man named Entwhistle was serving a life sentence after being convicted for the murder of his wife, though he had not killed her. And someone was coming to visit him, without permission. — In Notting Hill Gate, where thousands of Pakistanis lived, crowded together under deplorable conditions,... more » a building had collapsed, trapping nobody-knew-how-many people.
And the police were looking for a man who rode a bicycle with a loose-fitting rear mudguard, because a girl named Rosamund had been murdered.
But a policeman's time is not all spent solving crimes. Commander George Gideon of Scotland Yard, his wife, Kate, his daughter Penny, and a good-looking woman from the Yard's typing pool had all gone to the Yard's Fiftieth Criminal Investigation Ball. It had been a formal and elegant occasion--but Gideon was very aware of the many undercurrents present.
Policemen do have problems common to other men--they vie with each other for the preferred job; they strive to impress their superiors; they hope for promotions; and they try to make their marriages and love affairs run smoothly. But, unlike most other men, policemen risk their lives not infrequently in their daily routines.
Gideon, who kept an eye on the private affairs of his men as well as on their pressing public duties, was well aware of the rewards as well as the dangers he and they constantly encountered. And sometimes his reponsibilities seemed too heavy, even for him.« less